Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, June 28, 2010

UM-Flint physical therapy students Ryan Reaver (left) and Scott Delange check the blood pressure of a person participating in a mini assessment clinic at the Davison Area Senior Center. They and other PT students applied what they have learned in class by conducting two separate assessments that included checking flexibility, strength, fall risk and blood pressure, and educated the seniors about certain aspects of their current health. (Photo by Mel Serow, UM-Flint)

U-M team takes third straight N. American solar car race title
Finishing the American Solar Challenge an estimated two hours ahead of its nearest competitor, the U-M Solar Car Team has won its third consecutive North American title. Infinium's victory Saturday in the 1,100-mile race gave U-M its sixth victory overall.

Researchers predict larger than average Gulf ‘dead zone’; impact of oil spill unclear
U-M aquatic ecologist Donald Scavia and his colleagues say this year’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” is expected to be larger than average, continuing a decades-long trend that threatens the health of a $659 million fishery. The impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on this year’s dead zone is unclear.

U-M’s Maynard is last scientist standing in British online contest
Andrew Maynard, professor of environmental health sciences and director of the Risk Science Center, outlasted his colleagues to win the British “Survivor”-style online competition “I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here.” Maynard and other scientists answered student questions in the contest to keep from being “evicted” from the program.

CRIME ALERT: Attempted unarmed robbery
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The Michigan Difference

Pirate-entrepreneur
When Michigan Engineering alumnus Nick Yang looks in the mirror, he sees himself with a parrot on one shoulder, a black patch over an eye, and a light bulb glowing overhead. "I think of myself as a pirate-entrepreneur," he said. "I build a ship that's fast and mobile. I recruit a very special crew — it's tough to get into my company.” At age 35, he's started three companies and has a fourth in mind.