Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A boldly striped mural designed by prominent New York artist Roberto Juarez will decorate the College of Engineering’s wind tunnel dome on North Campus. The new work, titled “The Order of the Spheres,” is expected to be completed next week. Click here to read more about the project. (Photo by Dan Kim)

URC’s students, R&D, partnerships key to state’s resurgence
As the state and U.S. economies sank, Michigan’s University Research Corridor grew in areas critical to the state’s resurgence: Educating more students and boosting research and technology gains, according to a new benchmark study. The 2010 Empowering Michigan report shows URC partners U-M, Michigan State University and Wayne State University have improved in several key benchmarks since the first study in 2007.

Conference offers tips for those embarking on academic careers
More than 300 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars found resources and practical tips for facing life after graduate school on Wednesday. The eighth annual “Preparing Future Faculty Conference: Getting Ready for an Academic Career” offered an intensive introduction to faculty work life and tenure processes across different types of higher education institutions.

Annual security and fire safety reports available through DPS
The 2010-11 edition of the Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report is available from the Department of Public Safety. The document formerly was titled the U-M Campus Safety Handbook. New in this year’s edition is the new Annual Fire Safety Report regarding fire safety in on-campus housing, confidential crime reporting, missing-student notification protocol, and a summary of the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

The Michigan Difference

Wheeling water to the masses
During a William Davidson Institute fellowship in South Africa, Cynthia Koenig was moved by the impact of a worldwide crisis in which an estimated one billion people lack easy access to potable water. She launched a non-profit water-distribution organization and soon found herself at the helm of Wello, which manufactures and distributes the WaterWheel, a 20-gallon drum that moves four to five times the amount of water possible using traditional methods of collection and carrying.