Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, February 16, 2012

U-M recently took delivery of several diesel-electric hybrid buses, which will help strengthen the university's commitment to sustainability by providing better mileage and lower emissions. Watch this video to see how the new vehicles are given their distinctive maize-and-blue graphic scheme, and hear from some passengers who ride on Planet Blue.

Four honored with Goddard Power awards
Deborah Goldberg and Denise Sekaquaptewa have been awarded the Sarah Goddard Power Award for 2012. Also honored were Cynthia Luz Marcelo, who received the Sarah Goddard Power Honorary Award, and Patricia Warner, who received the Sarah Goddard Power Distinguished Service Award. The ceremony for the 28th annual awards, which are presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated scholarship, leadership and support of women faculty, took place Wednesday at the Michigan League.

Architecture student builds a tent for the ultimate test: survival
Andrew McCarthy didn't know how to sew five weeks ago. But that didn't stop the U-M graduate student in architecture from stitching up his own tent for a thesis project. Now, McCarthy is planning to put the tent to the ultimate test. He's going to sleep in it as he climbs Aconcagua — the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere.

100 turn out for Give Kids a Smile dental program
More than 120 dental and dental hygiene students, clinical faculty members, residents, staff and community dentists volunteered their time to participate in the annual Give Kids a Smile program held at the School of Dentistry. One hundred patients, ages 5 to 12, were seen during the Feb. 4 event that provided preventative services as part of the American Dental Association’s annual program launched in 2002.

Special parking regulations in place for busy Saturday at U-M
The Athletics Department will have special parking regulations and services in place Saturday to accommodate fans during one of its busiest non-stop days of athletic competition. Five sporting events staggered throughout the day, and the airing of ESPN's College Basketball GameDay Show at Crisler Center, will make for congested parking on the athletics campus.

The Michigan Difference

Predicting cholera
In an effort to aid the nearly 14 million residents of Dhaka, Bangladesh, U-M faculty from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology are helping to predict cholera outbreaks. A computer model designed by Professor Mercedes Pascual and Associate Professor Aaron King, along with other colleagues, serves as an early warning system for outbreaks up to 11 months in advance, and will aid public health officials in treatment preparedness, vaccination and other disease-prevention strategies.