Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

As the Fall Semester begins, President Mary Sue Coleman issues a video welcome to students, faculty and staff urging them to enjoy an academic year to be marked by new facilities, special celebrations and a variety of academic, cultural and athletic opportunities.

Clean-energy vehicle technology to be focus of U.S.-China center
A partnership led by U-M to advance technologies for clean-energy vehicles will receive $12.5 million over the next five years under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center. Consortium members will match this amount to provide at least $25 million in funding to facilitate joint research and development by the U.S. and China. The consortium will focus on vehicle electrification.

Provost selects three to help mold academic vision
Phil Hanlon, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, has tapped three faculty leaders to spend the next year helping him mold the strategic vision that will position U-M’s academic enterprise to achieve continued excellence in the decades to come.

Nine individuals, five teams receive Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award
Nine individuals and five staff teams were honored recently with Distinguished Diversity Leaders Awards, celebrating their efforts to foster a campus environment that is welcoming and inclusive.

This week in The University Record
• U-M focuses on Planet Blue as sustainability hub
• New Student Convocation: Class of 2014 encouraged to embrace discovery
• Hovey lecturers predict radical rethink in journalism
Read these stories and more in the University Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Sandblasted for science
A team of atmospheric science students working with Nilton Renno, professor of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences, spent much of the summer chasing dust devils in Africa and the western United States. It’s part of a five-year project that could help scientists develop more precise climate change models.