Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

As Toyota deals with the challenge of fixing millions of vehicles recalled because of problems with a sticky accelerator pedal, Jeffrey Liker, professor of industrial and operations engineering and author of “The Toyota Way,” offers some insights into the problem and the automaker’s underlying philosophy.

NEH funds virtual lab for digital humanities
As more primary sources for humanities scholarship are produced in digital formats, the need is growing for a new generation of digital archivists and preservation specialists. The National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation and Access Education and Training Program has awarded the School of Information a two-year grant to develop and implement a virtual laboratory featuring digital access and preservation tools.

Eight teams move on to Clean Energy Prize semifinals
Eight teams touting new business ideas that seek to move a new, clean-energy technology from the laboratory to the marketplace have progressed to the semifinal round in the Clean Energy Prize competition. The contest is presented by DTE Energy and U-M.

Ross School achieves Silver-rating LEED certification
The Stephen M. Ross School of Business’ new building has been granted a Silver designation on the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Rating System, earning all 36 points that it attempted across six environmental categories.

The Michigan Difference

Cool with the cold
Fascinated with Antarctica since the fourth grade, Stuart Klipper has made six voyages to the bottom of the world and has captured thousands of photos of the continent’s icy landscape. Author of a new book “The Antarctic: From The Circle To The Pole,” the 1962 alumnus has been called “the definitive photographer of Antarctica in the modern era.”