Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Solar storms, which can cause costly problems for the power grid, are expected to come at an average rate of about one per month over the next few years, says Tamas Gombosi, Rollin M. Gerstacker Professor of Engineering. Gombosi also is the director of the U-M Center for Space Environment Modeling, which developed the prediction model that NASA uses. He discusses the outlook for solar storms and their possible impact, as well as U-M's role in space weather forecasting.

Student clean-tech entrepreneurs will compete in energy venture challenge
Sixteen student teams from six universities across Michigan — including eight from U-M — will present their green technology solutions and vie for more than $100,000 in prizes at the Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge next week. The challenge, established by U-M and DTE Energy, encourages students to grow clean-energy solutions into thriving businesses.

Regents support use of stadium for NHL Winter Classic
Negotiations between U-M and the National Hockey League to schedule the league's Winter Classic at the university took a significant step forward Wednesday, as the Board of Regents voted to proceed on licensing Michigan Stadium for the Jan. 1, 2013, event.

New interim leadership selected for Children's and Women's hospitals
Dr. Chris Dickinson, associate chief medical officer for C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, has accepted the role of interim executive director of Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital, effective April 5.

Long-running Asia Business Conference is Friday and Saturday
U-M will host the Asia Business Conference, the longest-running student-organized business conference about Asia, Friday and Saturday at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. The keynote by Dino Patti Djalal, the Indonesian ambassador to the United States, will be Friday at 5 p.m. It is free and open to the public, although registration is required.

The Michigan Difference

Bringing family medicine to Japan
Helping to revamp family medicine in Japan has been the pet project of Michael Fetters for nearly 20 years. The U-M associate professor of family medicine directs the Japanese Family Health Program and is working to create a residency-training program for Japanese doctors. His aim not only is to improve family medicine through better education but also to provide better medical care in rural areas.