Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Multimillionaire Dennis Tito's announcement on Wednesday that he wants to develop a manned mission to orbit Mars by 2018 has focused attention on the challenges associated with sending human beings to the red planet. In this video, Ben Longmier, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, discusses the obstacles of such a project.

Leader of United Nations Environment Programme to deliver 2013 Wege Lecture
Achim Steiner, the leader of environmental programming at the United Nations, will talk about the challenges facing the global environment movement when he delivers the 12th Annual Peter M. Wege Lecture on Sustainability on March 11. His talk is titled "The Imperative of Change: Environmentalism in the 21st Century."

Grants help engineering faculty explore commercial applications of applied research
A laparoscopic tool for use in microsurgeries. A lightweight bamboo-based composite to replace metal in cars. A pulsed laser for treating eye disease. These are three of the technologies that could move closer to market thanks to new Engineering Translational Research grants awarded this week.

UM-Flint nursing students to set up health clinics in Dominican Republic
Maureen Tippen, clinical assistant professor of nursing at UM-Flint, again will lead a group of 10 students to the Dominican Republic next week for a spring break that will be spent setting up health clinics in rural villages. UM-Flint staff member Becky Pettengill will accompany the group as an interpreter and mentor.

UMHS and Chelsea Community Hospital expand arrangement to better serve patients
In an effort to better use local health care resources in Washtenaw County and offer more patients convenient care, the U-M Health System is expanding its inpatient services at Chelsea Community Hospital. This expanded relationship is part of the broader UMHS-Trinity Health-Michigan affiliation.

CRIME ALERT: Sexual assault
Feb. 15, 2013, and September 2012, 619 East University, Apt. 705, (off-campus).

The Michigan Difference

The 1913 Lectern
A century ago, graduating seniors in LSA presented a gift to the university: a carved oak lectern to be used in the new Hill Auditorium. Like the great hall, the lectern was the design of the architect Albert Kahn. For 100 years, 1913 lectern has symbolized U-M’s role as a democratic forum — a place where society’s challenges are debated and struggled over. (For the next few months, Michigan Difference will regularly highlight stories from the U-M Heritage Project website.)