Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, April 21, 2011

MPowered Entrepreneurship President Ankit Mehta listens as President Mary Sue Coleman speaks to members of the student business startup group. (Photo by Daryl Marshke, U-M Photo Services)

BREAKING NEWS: Taubman increases U-M medical research support to $100M
A. Alfred Taubman has become U-M's largest individual donor, with total giving of more than $142 million. His latest gift of $56 million to the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute, announced Thursday before the university’s Board of Regents, will bring his support of innovative medical science at the university to $100 million.

Coleman discusses growing entrepreneurial spirit in chat with MPowered members
President Mary Sue Coleman met with members of the student-led business startup group MPowered Entrepreneurship on Wednesday to praise their efforts and encourage their role in U-M's promotion of a campuswide entrepreneurial spirit. She also talked with the students about her work with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke to promote the role of universities in advancing tech transfer and job growth.

U-M student startups excel at world’s largest business plan competition
Several student-run startups took top prizes at this year’s Rice University Business Plan Competition (RBPC), the world’s largest and richest such graduate-level contest. The two winning teams, Regenerate and Are You a Human, took home $216,000 in total cash prizes and investment dollars.

Earth Day celebrations planned
In celebration of Earth Day on Friday, North Quad will host an Andean Thanksgiving Ceremony for Mother Earth. The ceremony, known as Despacho a Pachamama in the language of the Incas, gives participants an opportunity to express gratitude to the Earth. Meanwhile, a two-day workshop today and Friday, Revitalizing Innovation in Michigan for Clean Energy Manufacturing, will explore how to create an ecosystem of innovation throughout the state.

UPDATED CRIME ALERT: Reward offered
Reward offered in April 10 aggravated assault on Monroe Street.

The Michigan Difference

Smiles all around
Each year children between the ages of 5 and 12 receive free oral health care from the School of Dentistry's Give Kids a Smile program. But the program also puts a smile on the faces of the dental students, faculty and other volunteers who participate in the event. They praise the opportunity to give back and interact with the children they meet. Says second-year dental student Edward Lee, "Having the opportunity to help patients this young reminds me why I chose dentistry as my profession in the first place.”