Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Older drivers tend to fare worse than younger people in car crashes of the same severity. In this video, Matthew Reed, a research associate professor at the U-M Transportation Research Institute, describes how his team is measuring drivers to determine what factors may be to blame, and how vehicle occupants may be able to be better protected. Read more about the work by Reed and his team.

U-M to lead $151.7 million NASA hurricane prediction project
Improving hurricane and extreme-weather prediction is the goal of a new $151.7 million NASA satellite project that is being led by U-M, NASA has announced. Called the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System, it will make accurate measurements of ocean surface winds throughout the life cycle of tropical storms and hurricanes.

Institutional support key to technology transfer, Nisbet tells Congress
University leadership support is key to encouraging more technology transfer and entrepreneurship at universities, Ken Nisbet, executive director of U-M Tech Transfer, told a U.S. House subcommittee on Tuesday. He said resources and encouragement, such as those provided by President Mary Sue Coleman and other campus leaders, are "critical factors" in having success in tech transfer.

Ann Arbor company one of two to receive first innovation grants
The Ann Arbor-based company PicoCal will receive a $40,000 Small Company Innovation Program grant to support research at U-M to improve the manufacturing process of nano-structured materials and nano devices. The award is one of the first two such grants given through the Michigan Corporate Relations Network, a collaborative effort among six public universities.

The Michigan Difference

An eye on disease
Biophysics sophomore Nilesh Raval wants to help people, and through his undergraduate research he is able to get a head start. He is one of many students who found a research project through LSA’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. Raval, who plans to attend medical school and become an ophthalmologist, has been able to spend two years working for the Kellogg Eye Center researching the correlation between the cornea and some systemic diseases like fibromyalgia and diabetes.