Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, April 15, 2011

Sarthak Kukreti and Matt Upton explain their Sleeping Baby product at the College of Engineering's 2011 Design Expo. The wedge-shaped device is designed to help babies with acid reflux or colic sleep safely. It was one of many items at Thursday's expo, which took place at several North Campus locations and on the Michigan Engineering Facebook page, where a related video contest continues through 9 a.m. Tuesday.  (Photo by Daryl Marshke, U-M Photo Services)

Improved irrigation system provides water and cost savings
Installation of a water-conserving irrigation system has helped U-M reduce the amount of water used on irrigation by 68 percent, saving an estimated $141,000 a year. The computerized system uses information from a campus weather station that monitors wind speed, rain, temperature and humidity to adjust irrigation schedules.

U-M invests in expanded open source academic technology
U-M is part of a group working to develop the next generation of an academic technology platform that ultimately will replace the current version of CTools. The Sakai Foundation Open Academic Environment project seeks to reinvent the academic technology environment for students, faculty, and researchers.

Campus memorial program set for Monday
The U-M community is invited to a new campus tradition: a memorial program to honor the lives and accomplishments of the students who have passed away during the year. The memorial will be from 1:30-3 p.m. Monday in the Kuenzel Room of the Michigan Union.

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."