Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The College of Engineering display, “Powered Up, Plugged In, and Ready for the Future,” is one of more than 130 exhibitors at the North American International Auto Show. Represented by Michigan Interdisciplinary and Professional Engineering (InterPro) and the Solar Car Team, the exhibit focuses on ways CoE is helping to recharge the state of Michigan through education, energy for the future, and using collaborations to power progress. From left are Solar Car Team member Sridhar Krishnan; Edward Borbely, director of professional development for InterPro; and Solar Car Team member Derrick Fu. Click here to view videos being shown at the CoE exhibit. The Auto Show is open through Sunday. (Photo by Ken Arbogast-Wilson)

University responds to report on financial aid
U-M is stepping up its efforts to attract lower-income students to combat the impression that the university is out of reach for economically disadvantaged families. Responding to a recent report, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Lester Monts reiterated that U-M will meet the full demonstrated financial need of Michigan residents who are admitted.

Work/Life Resource Center helps parents with child care search
The Work/Life Resource Center has created a new, information-rich page on its Web site and offers a Child Care Referral Service to help U-M parents find child care best suited to their needs. The page provides information about a statewide database system as well as specific local options.

Best Doctors in America honors hundreds at U-M Health System
Hundreds of U-M Health System physicians have been nationally recognized as the Best Doctors in America, according to a list released this month. The new national list includes 396 U-M physicians, up from 372 who were honored two years ago.

WORTH REPEATING: Campus Web site shares word of U-M efforts
The university has created a Web site to update the community about various efforts on campus to respond to the crisis.

The Michigan Difference

Building on the fundamentals
Mike Carscaddon’s job is to help people in underdeveloped countries access the capital to buy a home. A 2008 MBA graduate of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Carscaddon (center in photo) is executive vice president for international field operations for Habitat for Humanity International. How big is his challenge? “The current homeownership rate in the U.S. is around 65 percent,” he says. “But if you go to India, fewer than six percent of the people have access to the capital needed to buy a house. When you get to a country like Zambia, that number drops to fewer than one percent.”