Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, June 24, 2011

Amococo, a walk-through inflatable sculpture that links 86 three-sided domes in a monumental labyrinth, is featured this weekend at Palmer Field as part of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. The festival brings together community and campus residents, friends and visitors at a variety of U-M locations. It runs through July 10 with more than a 100 events featuring regional, national and international performers. Click here to learn more about the exhibit, or watch a video about Amococo.

BREAKING NEWS: Marie Lynn Miranda named new SNRE dean
One of the nation’s leading researchers in children’s environmental health, Marie Lynn Miranda, will be the new dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment, effective Jan. 1, 2012, pending approval from the Board of Regents. Miranda is a faculty member in the Nicholas School of the Environment, the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program and the Global Health Institute at Duke University. She also is a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics within Duke Medicine.

Coleman joins President Obama's newly launched Advanced Manufacturing Partnership
Responding to President Obama's call to action, U-M President Mary Sue Coleman joins representatives from five other universities today as part of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, a national effort bringing together industry, universities and the federal government. The goal of the new AMP is to invest in the emerging technologies that will create high quality manufacturing jobs and enhance the United States' global competitiveness. The announcement with President Obama was scheduled for 11 a.m. this morning at Carnegie Mellon University.

U-M and other universities outline plan for partnership
U-M is committed to the new Advanced Manufacturing Partnership to help grow jobs by improving competitiveness and encouraging new technology. U-M and five other universities in the AMP, to be announced this morning by President Obama, have outlined a preliminary plan for how they will work with leaders from industry and the federal government on the initiative.
GM, CoE create technology to maximize Volt’s battery weld quality.

Silent no more, carillon's striking sound returning to Burton Tower
The Charles Baird Carillon in Burton Tower will be heard again on Tuesday for the first time since its restoration began about a year ago. All bells in Ann Arbor will sound at noon, followed by carillon recitals. Other performances and related events are planned for the afternoon and evening.

The Michigan Difference

Connecting Kenya to the world
Rama Mwenesi is student director of the E-MAGINE team that is bringing a solar powered, cell phone-based Internet system to rural Kenya. In this video, he describes how E-MAGINE seeks to enhance the livelihoods of individuals in off-the-grid and underserved communities by developing sustainable Internet technologies that help connect them to the world.