Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, September 17, 2010

Sean Morrison (right), director of U-M's Center for Stem Cell Biology, talks with Dr. Francis Collins (center), director of the National Institutes of Health, during a break at a hearing on the need to provide federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research. Also in attendance was Jack Mosher (left), a U-M researcher working with Morrison in the embryonic stem cell area. Click here to read about Morrison’s testimony at the hearing. (Photo by Mike Waring, U-M Washington Office)

U-M annual research spending up 12 percent to $1.14 billion
Research spending at the university in 2009-10 grew 12 percent over the previous year to $1.14 billion, the second straight year U-M has surpassed the billion-dollar milestone. Federal research spending at U-M rose 14.7 percent over the previous fiscal year, accounting for 65.9 percent of total research expenditures.

Sustainability-related majors and programs see explosive growth
Making green out of maize and blue, increasing numbers of students across the university are pursuing majors and graduate programs that focus on sustainability. This growth has been seen in LSA’ Program in the Environment, the School of Natural Resources and Environment, the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, and Energy Systems Engineering.

Permanent lights to be installed at Michigan Stadium
The Board of Regents on Thursday approved a request for permanent lighting at Michigan Stadium. They will be installed before the playing of the "Big Chill at the Big House," an outdoor hockey game between Michigan and Michigan State on Dec. 11.
In other action, the Board of Regents approved work at the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute, the School of Art & Design and South Quad.

The Michigan Difference

Harnessing the sun
U-M alumnus Sam Field is co-founder of the Kalamazoo Solar Project, a 756-panel solar-energy farm east of Kalamazoo. It produces 147 kilowatts of energy, enough to power 20 to 25 homes. Field’s wife, Shon, who also graduated from U-M, and his son, Connor, a U-M student majoring in economics and electrical engineering, helped design and build the array.