Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Athletic Director David Brandon (center) and his wife, Jan, join School of Education Dean Deborah Loewenberg Ball (left) on Friday to celebrate the grand opening of the Brandon Center for the Study of Education Practice. The center, made possible with a $500,000 donation from the Brandons as well as university funding, is a library for the digital age. It features workspace for students and an extensive archive that includes student work, videotapes and curriculum resources. (Photo by Bill Foreman, News Service)

U-M rises in QS World University Rankings
U-M is listed as the top U.S. public university in the QS World Rankings for 2011, and is ranked 14th among all institutions on the list, moving up one spot from last year. The London-based Times Higher Education magazine and QS Quacquarelli Symonds have ranked the world's top universities worldwide since 2004.

Education secretary to visit university Thursday
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will visit U-M on Thursday. He and a faculty panel from the School of Education will discuss how to promote excellence in America's classrooms, particularly for disadvantaged and underserved students.

Big House cheers Solar Car Team as it prepares for race in Australia
The U-M Solar Car Team is about to leave for Australia, where it will race Quantum across the outback in October's World Solar Challenge. The team was given a rousing sendoff from Michigan Stadium at Saturday's football game. Meanwhile, Project Manager Rachel Kramer answers questions that were sent in to the interactive video feature "Ask M."

Department winners announced for MHealthy Ergonomics Awards
MHealthy Ergonomics Awards were given to five university departments and units for independently implementing ergonomic solutions within their work environment. Winning areas have decreased risk factors and reduced or prevented employee discomfort by adding or modifying equipment or redesigning work processes.

CRIME ALERTS: Unarmed robberies
Sept. 2, south side of the Chemistry Building on the Diag.
Sept. 3, 600 block of Monroe Street near South State Street.

This week in the University Record
• Mites exhibit explores impact of a diverse group of invertebrates
• Staff spotlight: Mentor role comes naturally to hall director
• Don't miss: Bath toys search leads author to U-M
Read these stories and more in the University Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Windows to energy
Harry Giles, clinical professor of practice in architecture, believes there is more to a window than typically meets the eye. His curiosity about the possibilities of windows for capturing, storing and transmitting building energy is the basis for a year-old partnership with fellow U-M investigators and researchers from China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University.