India Impact is first and foremost about connection: connecting people across the world with a shared commitment to, and interest in, the multiple ways India and the University of Michigan are making an impact in the world together. Here we will highlight some of the people, ideas, and research that make the multiple, ongoing connections between U-M and India what they are: strong, innovative, and oriented towards real-world problems.
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Welcome to India-Impact podcast, presented by the University of Michigan Center for South Asian Studies. Each episode we will bring you stories that explore the latest research on technology and medical science, new business models, initiatives on social issues, and of course – arts, culture, and sports.
SiSA Fellows Recount Experiences in India
The Summer in South Asia Undergraduate Fellowships Program — also known as SiSA — was launched in 2006 thanks to a generous donation to the Center for South Asian Studies. Since its inception, SiSA has provided funding for over 100 students to volunteer or conduct an independent project in India over the summer.
Meet Sumita Chakraborty, Zell Visiting Professor in Poetry
Among the writers with South Asian heritage who have recently served as Visiting Professors in U-M's Helen Zell Writer's Program are poet Tarfia Faizullah and fiction writer Akil Kumarasamy. The program’s most recent faculty hire is Indian-American poet Sumita Chakraborty. CSAS sat down with Professor Chakraborty a few weeks ago to talk poetry, academia, and first impressions of Ann Arbor.
IISER Students Talk Research
Every year, the University of Michigan hosts students from Indian universities for exchange programs, internships, research positions, and more. One of our most established partnerships in India is the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Pune — IISER, for short. These students live in the campus International House for ten weeks, cooking and eating communally; attending Ann Arbor events like Summerfest and Shakespeare in the Arb on their occasional breaks from research.
The Politics of Water
Water has been around for millions of years, and it's here to stay, but issues concerning equitable distribution of water have been around nearly as long. Researchers like Professor Leela Fernandes at the University of Michigan are helping us to ensure that water remains a resource for all people., and not just those powerful enough to divert it to themselves.
Driverless Cars Reshaping our World
Across the world, more than a million people die every year due to car accidents. How can we make driving safer? At the University of Michigan’s Mcity project, scholars study all facets of the future of transportation and its impact on business and society. In this episode, we’re going to talk to Dr. Anuj Pradhan, who is a scientist at the Human Factors Group at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.