Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Students compete to use the most complex launching process to place the largest number of ping pong balls into a wastebasket during the College of Engineering's Design Immersion 2011, a series of engaging design activities that allow students to experience the creative process of engineering. Click the photo for more images from the contest. (Photo by Marcin Szczepanski, College of Engineering)

Three university researchers named 2011 MacArthur Fellows
Three U-M researchers — a historian, a chemist and a stem cell biologist — are among the 22 new MacArthur Fellows announced today by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Each will receive $500,000 in “no strings attached” support over the next five years from the MacArthur Foundation.

U-M annual research spending grows 8.5 percent to $1.24 billion
Research spending at U-M in 2010-11 grew 8.5 percent over the previous year to $1.24 billion, continuing the long-term trend of steady growth in the university's research enterprise. Federal research spending at U-M rose 9.8 percent over the previous fiscal year, accounting for 66.7 percent of total research expenditures.

Participants sought for Clean Energy Venture Challenge
The Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute has renewed its commitment to engaging students in energy innovation by co-sponsoring the 2011-12 Clean Energy Venture Challenge, a six-month program that enables teams of students from colleges and universities in Michigan to go from an idea to venture launch.

The Michigan Difference

Stoves for Malawi
Brian Smyser, the first Peace Corps Master’s International student in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, works with a non-governmental organization and an ecosystem service company to help promote safer, more efficient stoves in Malawi villages. The effort enhances the quality of life and aids small business development in the villages.