Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Bruce Bultman of S2 Yachts looks on as an environmental monitoring buoy is launched in Grand Traverse Bay on a test run. The buoy is part of the Upper Great Lakes Observing System and eventually will be placed in Little Traverse Bay. (Photo by Guy Meadows)

Partnership to increase network of monitoring buoys in Great Lakes
A partnership between the private company S2 Yachts and U-M will help boost the Upper Great Lakes Observing System, a network of environmental monitoring buoys that help gauge how the lakes respond to natural and man-made changes in the region. Researchers at U-M use the network to measure how much stress lakeshore population centers place on the water.

Solar car team tests Infinium’s performance with mock race
The U-M solar car team recently conducted a four-day mock race to prepare for its trip to Australia and the World Solar Challenge in late October. Check out the team’s blog, where members describe how they put Infinium through its paces in a 750-mile test run across four Midwestern states.

New Web site seeks to promote diversity in environmental groups
The Multicultural Environmental Leadership Development Initiative has unveiled a redesigned Web site with a more user-friendly format and an expanded list of resources. The initiative aims to increase diversity in environmental organizations as well as the broader environmental movement.

PODCAST: Changing training can prevent knee injuries
Training your brain may be just as effective as training your muscles in preventing ACL knee injuries. Scott McLean, an assistant professor of kinesiology, discusses how training programs could shift from performance-based regimens to exercises that focus on preventing injuries.

The Michigan Difference

Long-distance radiology
As a radiology professor and a member of the Ioway Tribe of Kansas, Dr. Marilyn Roubidoux is improving breast cancer awareness among Native American women. She works with a project in which mammograms of women from remote reservation clinics in the Dakotas, Iowa and Nebraska are transmitted by satellite and read by U-M radiologists.