Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, December 16, 2010

U-M researchers are working on technology that could help baseball coaches and batters pinpoint weak spots in a swing and measure progress towards improvement. This video shows the device being tested. Click here to read more about the project.

WCC to extend pilot program offering evening classes at U-M
Washtenaw Community College plans to extend a successful fall pilot program into the winter semester by continuing to offer evening classes on U-M's Ann Arbor campus. The arrangement is part of the university's effort to use campus facilities more efficiently. The program also benefits U-M employees enrolled in the classes.

Applications sought for Undergraduate Sustainability Scholars Program
The Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Sustainability Scholars. Each year, this competitive program accepts 25 high-performing, second-year students for a series of interdisciplinary courses on sustainability. Scholars earn a sustainability certificate, receive special access and funding for field-based experience, and are trained to become sustainability leaders.

Researchers skeptical about bank taxes, regulations still needed
While taxes on executive bonuses, financial transactions and excess profits may punish banks for their role in the recent financial crisis, most of these ideas have shortcomings, U-M economist Joel Slemrod says. Just as important is reforming the undesirable incentives to take excessive risks that gave rise to the crisis in the first place.

The Michigan Difference

Mission to Jamaica
Last May Karen Tam and Emmanuelle Ravat-Francoise, two students in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, joined an effort that other U-M students have been undertaking to improve the lives of residents in Jamaica's Hagley Gap. The pair worked to aid operations at a clinic where U-M medical and engineering students also have helped out since 2007.