Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Gov. Rick Snyder (third from right) joins university officials and other guests to break ground for the new Center of Excellence in Nano Mechanical Science and Engineering. The 62,880-square-foot addition to the G.G. Brown Laboratories will enable researchers to study the forces at work at the smallest scales and to advance nanotechnologies in energy, manufacturing, health care and biotechnology. Participating in the ceremony Friday were, from left: Jeremy Keeny of U.S. Rep. John Dingell's office, Barbara McCallahan of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow's office, College of Engineering Dean David Munson, U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology Patrick Gallagher, Snyder, President Mary Sue Coleman and Provost Phil Hanlon. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

Five faculty projects honored with 2011 Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize
Five U-M faculty projects that take new approaches to improve student learning will be honored May 2 as winners of the third annual Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize.

U-M professor wins challenge grant for computerized coaching in science classes
Timothy McKay, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Physics, has been awarded a grant from the Next Generation Learning Challenge, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates and William and Flora Hewlett Foundations. He will use new software to provide individualized expert coaching for thousands of students in large introductory physics courses.

UMHHC given top environmental award for fifth straight year
For the fifth consecutive year, U-M Hospitals and Health Centers has received the Environmental Leadership Circle Award, the most prestigious honor given by Practice Greenhealth, a national organization of health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations.

U-M receives $8M grant to improve quality of care for children
U-M researchers have received a four-year $8 million grant to help develop, test and refine pediatric health care measures for children in the United States. The university was one of seven top medical centers in the country to receive such grants.

The Michigan Difference

The story of StarKid
It's a story that couldn't have happened 10 years ago. A group of U-M students and alumni gained national recognition after posting videos of a student-produced musical on YouTube. The musical? A parody of the Harry Potter series called "A Very Potter Musical." The project spawned Starkid, which has gone on to produce other plays and musicals, including "A Very Potter Sequel."