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U-M India Impact

LSA Alum Dhaval Mehta Serves as New UMIAA President

“I love that UMIAA events and webinars--in addition to celebrating the experiences we have in common as alumni of the University of Michigan--act as educational and networking opportunities, especially for our young alumni."

- Josephine Tolin

Tags: International Institute; Center for South Asian Studies; India Impact

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.

Scoping Forward with Praveen Suthrum

Michigan MBA Alum Praveen Suthrum’s new book, SCOPE FORWARD, was published on August 17, 2020. The book delves into the structural shift underway in gastroenterology, a change that’s become even more salient as medical trends are examined through pre- and post-COVID lenses. Recently, Suthrum spoke with us about SCOPE FORWARD, as well as Michigan’s influence on his research interests and career.

Tech Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic with Dr. Ravi Pendse

When, on March 11, President Mark Schlissel announced that classes would be delivered remotely for the rest of the semester, Dr. Ravi Pendse — U-M Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer — had prepared a staff ready to expand tech support for the University community.

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.

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