Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, September 23, 2011

A hot air balloon glows against the dusk sky as it lifts above North Campus. Students lined up for rides in the tethered balloon at a parking lot near Hayward and Murfin on Thursday as part of the GoNorth! Initiative designed to promote the North Campus experience. (Photo by Daryl Marshke, U-M Photo Services)

New Planet Blue recycling bins installed on Diag
Individuals passing through the Diag may notice new earth-friendly alternatives to trash cans. Six recycling bins have been permanently installed by Grounds Services to encourage outdoor recycling on campus. The bins are shaped like traditional trash cans, but are bright blue and contain signage to attract and inform recyclers.
• The Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute is accepting applications and nominations for its 2012 Doctoral Fellowship Program.

Faculty member shares resources — and experiences — on Open.Michigan
Paul Conway, associate professor of information, is the first U-M faculty member to have all his courses published as Open Educational Resources on Open.Michigan. in this Q&A interview, he speaks about his experiences with sharing educational resources and suggests tips for faculty members interested in following his lead.

Space instrument designed and built at U-M coming to a fiery end
NASA’s Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite is expected to re-enter Earth's atmosphere and come to a fiery end sometime this afternoon, and when it does so will the High Resolution Doppler Imager, which was designed, built and operated by U-M's Space Physics Research Laboratory between 1991 and March 2005.

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.