Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Academia's role in society and its relationship with industry are evolving, driven by economic pressures, technological advancements, globalization and the changing needs of the university's clients. This video captures highlights from the opening plenary session of last August's annual conference of the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers, hosted at U-M's Business Engagement Center. Attendees from across North America shared best principles for university-industry collaboration.

Online request system eases access to Special Collections Library
The U-M Special Collections Library has launched a new online request system that should ease the way for users seeking access to MLibrary's rare and special materials. Library officials hope the streamlined process will encourage people to request and use the materials.

Research Views: Investing in the future
In the latest entry for his Research Views blog, Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest outlines why the university's plan to invest up to $25 million in U-M startup companies is a winning idea for U-M's entrepreneurs, its endowment, the state and the nation.

East Hall reopens after power outage
East Hall will be open for classes and normal activities today after being closed for much of Wednesday due to a power outage.

Follow today's dedication ceremony for new hospitals on Twitter
The U-M Health System will be live-tweeting, starting at 4 p.m., from today's dedication ceremony for the new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital.

The Michigan Difference

Energy efficiency through social networks
School of Information Professor Thomas Finholt and adjunct lecturer Erik Hofer are studying how social networks can be used to help individuals reduce their energy footprint. Among their areas of focus are the Internet, telephone systems and transportation networks, all of which are in turn tied to power and fuel-supply networks, such as electricity grids.