Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

U-M's Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory recently tested a new turbine that is inspired by the mouth of the basking shark. The turbine is being viewed as a potentially safer and more environmentally friendly way to power remote research camps in Alaska, where U-M researchers involved in the North Slope Initiative go each spring to monitor the ecosystem.

Brady Hoke is named new head coach of U-M football program
Athletic Director Dave Brandon announced Tuesday the hiring of Brady Hoke as the 19th coach in the 131-year history of U-M football. Hoke spent the past eight seasons as a head coach at Ball State and San Diego State universities.

Nine university scientists, engineers named AAAS fellows
Nine U-M faculty members are among 503 newly elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science who are honored for their distinguished efforts in advancing science.

UM-Flint receives national recognition for civic engagement
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected UM-Flint for its 2010 Community Engagement Classification. UM-Flint joins an elite group of 311 colleges and universities in the nation with this recognition of a campuswide commitment to civic engagement.

REMINDER: Deadline is Friday for diversity leader nominees
Nominations for the Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award are being accepted through Friday. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and University Human Resources the award recognizes individual staff members and teams that have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in supporting diversity at the university.

The Michigan Difference

Professor on German high court
Susanne Baer, one of the Law School’s five William W. Cook Global Law Professors and a U-M alumna, has been elected to the German Federal Constitutional Court. She will serve a 12-year non-renewable term on Germany's top court, which handles several thousand cases a year. She is expected to continue her relationship with the Law School during her term.