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Scaling Preservice Training in Comprehensive Contraception and Abortion Care and Research across Ethiopia
A Case Study of a Five-Year Project with Schools of Medicine and Midwifery
Solomon W. Beza
Michigan Publishing Services, 2019
This case study documents the five-year project of the Center for International Reproductive Health Training at the University of Michigan (UM-CIRHT). Between 2015 and 2019, UM-CIRHT, in partnership with nine Ethiopian schools of medicine and midwifery and the Federal Ministry of Health, successfully scaled up preservice training in family planning and comprehensive abortion care and research for medical students, midwives, and OBGYN residents. The case study describes the project's implementation, outcomes, and lessons learned.

The case study is produced by UM-CIRHT with funding from an anonymous donor.

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Secrets of Life with Brachial Plexus Palsy
Written by Denise Justice; Illustrated by Susan Eatmon; Edited by Holly Wagner
Michigan Publishing Services, 2020
In this book, Marie is just a normal little girl except that one of her arms is different!
Secrets of Life with Brachial Plexus Palsy is the story of a baby girl who grows up with dreams and ambitions like everybody else. Some of her dreams are to play like other children, to show others that there is nothing that she cannot do, and to pursue any career that she chooses when she grows up. Life with this condition can be challenging, and as the years pass, Marie uncovers secrets that allow her to overcome the stigma of her Brachial Plexus Palsy – secrets she would like to share with you…
Let Marie show you that living life with Brachial Plexus Palsy is an exciting journey!

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Self to Self
Selected Essays: Second Edition
J. David Velleman
Michigan Publishing Services, 2020

Self to Self brings together essays on personal identity, autonomy, and moral emotions by the philosopher J. David Velleman. Although the essays were written independently, they are unified by an overarching thesis – that there is no single entity denoted by “the self ” – as well as by themes from Kantian ethics, psychoanalytic theory, social psychology, and Velleman’s work in the philosophy of action. Two of the essays were selected by the editors of Philosophers’ Annual as being among the ten best papers in their year of publication.

Self to Self will be of interest to philosophers, psychologists, and others who theorize about the self.


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The Shapes of Memory Loss
Stories, Poems and Essays from the University of Michigan Medical School and Health System
nan Barbas
Michigan Publishing Services, 2013
“Shapes of Memory Loss” is a collection of poetry, fiction, and narrative written by and about people with cognitive impairment or dementia. The authors, all affiliated with the University of Michigan Health System, come forward to share their personal experience as they “navigate this unknown territory”. These pieces offer the reader a view into the often isolated and not fully understood journey that those with memory loss and cognitive impairment are on. The book serves as an educational and support tool for anyone who has been touched by dementia, memory loss, and other related disorders. Healthcare professionals will gain information and insight about these disorders presented from the perspective of patients and families affected by them.

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Shaping Nursing Science and Improving Health
The Michigan Legacy
Shaké Ketefian, editor
Michigan Publishing Services, 2016
Shaping Nursing Science and Improving Health: The Michigan Legacy chronicles the growth and development of nursing research and scholarship, and the outstanding contributions made to the discipline and the profession of nursing in the United States and beyond by the School of Nursing, University of Michigan.

The work covers selectively the development of nursing science over a period of some thirty years which was undertaken by nursing faculty and the School’s PhD Alumni. The account of the strategic development of a program of research across bio-behavioral phenomena, health promotion/risk reduction, women’s health and nursing and health care systems is instructive. Substantive contributions have been made across the selected areas; of note also is the impact of translational science on health outcomes of individuals and communities. The accounts of the purposeful development of health informatics in nursing and leadership as scholarship are also highly developed. The book is a valuable contribution to the literature on how nursing research at Michigan is helping transform the lives of patients, families and communities.

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Signals and Systems
Theory and Applications
Fawwaz T. Ulaby and Andrew E. Yagle
Michigan Publishing Services, 2018
[From the Preface] This is a signals and systems textbook with a difference: Engineering applications of signals and systems are integrated into the presentation as equal partners with concepts and mathematical models, instead of just presenting the concepts and models and leaving the student to wonder how it all relates to engineering.
The first six chapters of this textbook cover the usual basic concepts of continuous-time signals and systems, including the Laplace and Fourier transforms. Chapters 7 and 8 present the discrete-time version of Chapters 1–6, emphasizing the similarities and analogies, and often using continuous-time results to derive discrete-time results. The two chapters serve to introduce the reader to the world of discrete-time signals and systems. Concepts highlighted in Chapters 1–8 include: compensator feedback configuration (Ch. 4); energy spectral density, group delay, expanded coverage of exponential Fourier series (Ch. 5); filtering of images, Hilbert transform, single-sideband (SSB), zero and first-order hold interpolation (Ch. 6); the Cooley-Tukey FFT (Ch. 7); bilateral z-transform and use for non-minimum-phase deconvolution (Ch. 8). Chapter 9 covers the usual concepts of discrete-time signal processing, including data windows, FIR and IIR filter design, multirate signal processing, and auto-correlation and crosscorrelation. It also includes some nontraditional concepts, including spectrograms, application of multirate signal processing, and the musical circle of fifths to audio signal processing, and some biomedical applications of autocorrelation and cross-correlation. Chapter 10 covers image processing, discrete-time wavelets (including the Smith-Barnwell condition and the Haar and Daubechies discrete-time wavelet expansions), and an introduction to compressed sensing. This is the first sophomore-junior level textbook the authors are aware of that allows students to apply compressed sensing concepts. Applications include: image denoising using 2-D filtering; image denoising using thresholding and shrinkage of image wavelet transforms; image deconvolution using Wiener filters; “valid” image deconvolution using ISTA; image inpainting; tomography and the projection-slice theorem, and image reconstruction from partial knowledge of 2-D DFT values. Problems allow students to apply these techniques to actual images and learn by doing, not by only reading.

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Social Class Voices
Student Stories from the University of Michigan Bicentennial
Edited by Dwight Lang and Aubrey Schiavone
Michigan Publishing Services, 2017
In Social Class Voices, forty-five University of Michigan undergraduate students and recent alumni explore the significance of social class in early 21st century America. They openly and honestly show how social class has shaped their lives, their changing identities, and conditions in their home communities. These writers – born to the working poor, working, middle, upper-middle, and upper classes – examine the effects of social class on their families, their kindergarten through high school experiences, as well as their undergraduate years at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Using “sociological creative non-fiction” essays, they invite readers to engage, interpret, and imagine the power of social class in a society where economic differences are often overlooked. In exploring their pasts and personal experiences, they write powerful accounts of American college student life. We hear about the insecurities and challenges of growing up in poverty, increasing tensions of being born to the working and middle classes, and comforting certainties of upper-middle and upper class lives. In their stories we see connections between the personal and the social – a key sociological insight.

These writers explore social class heritages at a time when more and more Americans are recognizing economic inequality as a core structural problem facing millions, independent of individual effort and talent. They shed light on what is too often denied both on and off college campuses: social class. By their very nature these types of explorations are political.

In America, where economic differences frequently go unnoticed when discussing inequality, openly writing about one’s personal class experiences can be controversial. These University of Michigan students and alumni have the courage to make public how social class structures American life.

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Staging Memories
Hou Hsiao-hsien's A City of Sadness
Abé Mark Nornes and Emilie Yueh-yu Yeh
Michigan Publishing Services, 2015
In Staging Memories, authors Abé Mark Nornes and Emilie Yeh present an updated study of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s landmark contributions to Taiwanese and world cinema, with particular emphasis on A City of Sadness (Beiqing Chengshi), the winner of the Golden Lion award at the 1989 Venice Film Festival. Staging Memories is based on Narrating National Sadness, one of the first hypertext analyses in film studies, and its analysis is couched in a general history of Taiwan, the political massacre that A City of Sadness recreates, and the history of Taiwan New Cinema. This background information is crucial context for viewers, and one of the reasons teachers have long valued the hypertext version of the book. The body of the text analyzes Hou's style, representation of violence, and the complex manner in which he renders history in his oblique long-take style. The book ends with a chapter that examines a single sequence that unifies the various threads of the overall analysis.

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State Blues
The Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing, Volume 13
Prison Creative Arts Project
Michigan Publishing Services, 2021
The Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing seeks to showcase the talent and diversity from Michigan’s best incarcerated writers. The Review features writing from both beginning and experienced writers - writing that comes from the heart, and that is unique, well-crafted, and lively. It is a publication by the Prison Creative Arts Project, a nationally recognized program committed to bringing those impacted by the justice system and the University of Michigan community into artistic collaboration for mutual learning and growth.

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Stolen Future, Broken Present
The Human Significance of Climate Change
David A. Collings
Michigan Publishing Services, 2014
This book argues that climate change has a devastating effect on how we think about the future. Once several positive feedback loops, such as the melting of the Arctic icecap or the drying of the Amazon, cross the point of no return, the biosphere is likely to undergo severe and irreversible warming. Nearly everything we do is premised on the assumption that the world we know will endure into the future and provide a sustaining context for our activities. But today the future of a viable biosphere, and thus the purpose of our present activities, is put into question. A disappearing future leads to a broken present, to a strange incoherence in the feel of everyday life. Most discussions of climate change guard us from this realization; this book takes it seriously. Where many argue that the current crisis serves as an opportunity for transformation, it acknowledges that we are virtually out of time to act, even though we must do so. Where many describe a possible transition to a new energy economy, it points out that such an economy, however necessary, would still impose an enormous human footprint on the Earth’s ecosystems. Where many explore how to alter our practices in a gradual process within the existing national and international political systems, it argues that our reliance on them shows that we consider the market, and those systems, to be more real than the biosphere itself. Finally, where many examine the consequences of our actions for our grandchildren, it suggests that climate change has already damaged our own lives. We thus face the unprecedented challenge of salvaging a basis for our lives today – not by turning away from these dark realities but by facing them and, through that process, to discover surprising possibilities for ethical and emotional resilience. That basis, this book argues, may be found in our capacity to assume an infinite responsibility for ecological disaster without condemnation or nostalgia and, like the biblical Job, to respond with awe to the alien voice that speaks from the whirlwind. By owning disaster and accepting our due place within the inhuman forces of the biosphere, we may discover how to live with responsibility and serenity whatever may come. Drawing on contemporary research in climate change, political history, literary studies, philosophical ethics, cultural theory, the history of science, and a/theology, this book brings them together in a comprehensive and bracingly honest assessment of our current dilemma.

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Stories from the Sandbox
Reflections from children, teens and young adults living with Cancer and Blood Disorders
Jennifer Gretzema
Michigan Publishing Services, 2015
The images and stories in this book were created by patients and families living with Cancer and Blood Disorders. Their expressions, created in the sand and conveyed through the written word, provide insight into what it is like to live with health challenges. Sand tray therapy is a recognized therapeutic modality used with children and adults, providing a sacred space to process experiences using symbols instead of language. Sometimes meaning is further revealed through talking about a sand tray. Other times, it can remain a private expression that holds significance only to its creator. It is a helpful way for youth to process their past and present medical experience, help them set goals, and to teach others about their needs. Sand tray is a window into the thoughts, feelings, and coping styles of youth struggling with illness and hospitalization. Importantly, as youth with chronic medical illnesses often experience pain and discomfort as part of their treatment, the ability to have positive tactile experiences can be a very healing process. This collection of photos and personal stories, facilitated by the Child and Family Life Department, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan, was compiled so that other patients, their families, and their friends can share the authors’ journeys as we all continue to battle these difficult diseases.

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Super Creatures of the Huron River
Sara Adlerstein-Gonzalez
Michigan Publishing Services, 2021

Super Creatures of the Huron River aims to teach children about stream ecology, with a focus on the fascinating “bugs” that can be found in the Huron River. State and national inventories record one hundred dams on the Huron River system, which is typical of rivers and tributaries in the Great Lakes Basin. What was once a free-flowing system is now interrupted by dams on both the river’s main stem and its tributaries. Although dams can provide some benefits, they produce severe negative impacts on the rivers they harness. Dams alter a river’s chemical, physical, and biological processes, including fragmenting and blocking the natural movement of fish and other aquatic species. Although these negative impacts have become more obvious over the past two decades, the environmental costs of dams have only recently captured scientific attention.

Super Creatures of the Huron River is a project conducted by a team of University of Michigan (UM) faculty and students, in collaboration with Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) researchers. Sara Adlerstein developed the project. Working closely with her were Carolyn Berge, Jeffrey Evans, and Mike Wiley from UM and Paul Steen and Pam Labadie from HRWC. Illustrations for the book were created by master of science student Jennifer Fuller. The picture book will be used as a tool to support streamside activities led by the HRWC.


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Surveying the Landscape
Arts Integration at Research Universities: A Review of Best Practices and Challenges for Arts Integration in Higher Education
Bruce M. Mackh, PhD
Michigan Publishing Services, 2015
Under the auspices of ArtsEngine at the University of Michigan, the Mellon Research Project examines the increasingly prevalent integration of arts practice and study at research universities. ArtsEngine National’s initial mission to “transform the research university through the infusion of arts practice” in response to growing recognition of the value of arts integration practices across the landscape of higher education led to a $500,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This grant supported an initial investigation of present practices in arts integration at researchuniversities, encompassing a national network of faculty and administrators who embrace innovative methods in teaching, research, and co-curricular programming linking the arts to other disciplinary domains.
This study presents “best practices in the integration of arts practice in U.S. research universities . . . , fulfill[ing] the need for a document that articulates models, obstacles, implementation strategies, costs, and impact on students and faculty as well as on research, practice, and teaching in other knowledge areas” (ArtsEngine). Rather than providing a detailed set of instructions, this document maps the landscape of arts integration at 30 partner institutions in the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) and at 16 other institutions. It highlights aspirational models and presents an overall guide to current practices linking the arts to other learning areas.

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The Syntax of Sports, Class 1
The Words Under the Words
Patrick Barry
Michigan Publishing Services, 2019
The Syntax of Sports is that course you wish you took in college—even if you aren’t a sports fan. It’s interesting. It’s practical. It’s inspiring. And best of all, it teaches you a skill that is at once highly marketable and potentially transforming: how to become a better thinker and writer.

The beginning of a multi-volume series, this initial book recreates the first day of class as it was taught to undergraduates at the University of Michigan. The examples are compelling. The dialogue is fast moving. The stories are ones you’ll want to return to and retell over and over again. There is a reason the actual students who took The Syntax of Sports said the following things about it:

Every class I learned something new that I know I’ll actually use in my writing for years to come. Couldn’t be happier that I took a chance on Syntax of Sports.”

Prof. Barry has structured the course so that it’s almost impossible not to learn something valuable to take with you to future classes and future career possibilities.”

I have learned a ton of techniques for being a better writer in this class. I have also learned many life lessons that will undoubtedly guide how I act in the future.”

“I absolutely loved this course because the teacher was so awesome. I enjoyed sitting through class listening to Professor Barry and falling in love with his brain.”

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The Syntax of Sports, Class 2
The Power of the Particular
Patrick Barry
Michigan Publishing Services, 2020

What can we learn from baseball great Ted Williams about how to improve our writing? What can we learn we from the iconic ESPN show SportsCenter  about how to manage information? And are you sure you really know what the word “peruse” means? 

Explore these and other questions in the second volume of The Syntax of Sports, a series designed to recreate a popular course at the University of Michigan. Here are a few things students have said about the experience of taking it.

  •  “Patrick Barry is the best teacher I have ever had. I have never learned so much in a class. I hated English my whole life until I took this course.”

  • “I feel like this is and always will be the most valuable class I've ever taken here.”

  • “I genuinely wanted to show up to this class due to the amount I knew I would learn.” 

  •  “I'm going to severely SEVERELY miss this course.”

  • “Every student should try to take one of Prof. Barry’s classes if he or she wants to become a better writer.”

  •  “My writing is now 113x better.”


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The Syntax of Sports, Class 3
The Rule of Three
Patrick Barry
Michigan Publishing Services, 2021

It’s not an accident that hall of fame coaches, Pulitzer Prize-winning writers, and the marketing teams at the most innovative companies in the world often rely on a certain three-part structure when trying to communicate their ideas. This third volume of The Syntax of Sports series explores the mechanics of that structure and shows how it can add a compelling mix of clarity and sophistication to your writing.

Like in the previous volumes, the materials come from a popular course at the University of Michigan. Here are comments from students who have taken it:

“The quality of this course was fantastic!”

“Professor Barry really knows how to keep students engaged.”

“Professor Barry is very passionate about teaching, and his enthusiasm made me want to write and learn.”

“This course not only helps you become a better writer but also sheds light on how you might become a better person.”


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The Syntax of Sports, Class 4
Parallel Structure
Patrick Barry
Michigan Publishing Services, 2022

“Once you find the right structure, perhaps it will be easier to find the right content.” That’s one of the key insights from this fourth book in the series The Syntax of Sports. Others include:

  • The importance of being “radically inclusive”
  • The power of defining something by what it is not
  • The creative elegance of the word “as”

So join Professor Patrick Barry as he continues to share lessons from the popular writing course at the University of Michigan on which The Syntax of Sports is based. You’ll learn about language. You’ll learn about advocacy. And you’ll get to explore some illuminating connections between everything from the speeches of Winston Churchill, to the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci, to—perhaps most surprisingly—the face of NFL legend (and former University of Michigan quarterback) Tom Brady. 


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The Syntax of Sports Class 5
Rhetorical Repetition
Patrick Barry
Michigan Publishing Services, 2024
Here are some of the words that the people who have attended Patrick Barry's classes and workshops have used to describe his unique, multidisciplinary approach to teaching writing:
  • "Fantastic"
  • "Phenomenal"
  • "Very engaging and informative:
  • "Incredibly useful
  • "Full of practical lessons for both my career and life generally"
This fifth book in his Syntax of Sports series gives you a chance to experience his creative (and capacious) mind for yourself. Whether you've already read the previous four books in the series or are trying one out for the very first time, you're in for quite the educational treat.

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The Syntax of Sports Class 6
Drafting and Editing
Patrick Barry
Michigan Publishing Services, 2024

How do you start a piece of writing? How do you edit one? And what can be done to combat those pesky—and paralyzing—feelings of perfectionism that often derail our most important sentences and paragraphs?

This sixth volume of the Syntax of Sports series creatively uses the language of baseball, football, tennis, and many other sports to explore these questions. Based on a popular course at the University of Michigan, it captures the energy, originality, and discipline - crossing insights that make its author, Professor Patrick Barry, such a sought-after teacher and presenter.


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