Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, April 19, 2012

LSA student Peter Chutcharavan sprays water in celebration of Songkran, the Thai new year. The Thai Club on Tuesday started what it hopes will become a new tradition at U-M — the Songkran Water Fight, a playful battle of water balloons and super soakers designed to relieve stress on the last day of classes. In Thailand, Songkran marks the beginning of the rainy season, symbolically washing away the past year and carrying forward the chance for new beginnings. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography)

Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize honors five faculty projects to help student learning
Five U-M faculty projects that demonstrate fresh approaches to advance student learning will be recognized May 7 as winners of the fourth annual Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize. The awards will be presented on the first day of Enriching Scholarship 2012, an annual week of workshops, discussions, and seminars on the role of technology in teaching, learning, and research.
• Registration for Enriching Scholarship 2012 is now under way.

U-M funds sustainability projects at Detroit's Focus: HOPE
The Graham Sustainability Institute has selected six faculty-led research projects to join with Focus: HOPE, a nationally recognized civil and human rights organization, to help develop a comprehensive plan for advancing the HOPE Village Initiative, a community development project in Detroit.

New hospitals recognized for energy, environmental design and 'green' performance
C.S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital has been awarded LEED Silver certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the nation’s pre-eminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

University officials share weather-related safety information
This is Severe Weather Awareness Week and university officials would like to remind members of the campus community about important information to help them plan for and respond to dangerous conditions.

The Michigan Difference

Improving genetic testing for cancer
Xudong Fan, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and a team of colleagues have developed a better way to detect the genetic mutations that may lead to cancer. Their liquid laser will help to make these slight mutations more obvious and thus easier to detect. The team is pursuing partners to help bring this new technology to market.