Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Students Lauren Sklarsky and Jackie Kinsler study at the Shapiro Undergraduate Library beneath one of the video screens displaying entries in the Race Card Project. Journalist and author Michele Norris will be on campus Thursday and Friday for a series of events related to the project, which encourages people to present their thoughts on race in six words. A town hall discussion and card reading is set for 4 p.m. Thursday in Rackham Auditorium. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, Michigan Photography)

President's Staff Innovation Award winners announced
A College of Engineering official who launched innovations resulting in a broader, more diverse group of graduate students, and the team that piloted a lower-cost, environmentally friendly cleaner for University Housing have received the first President's Staff Innovation Awards.

Robotics Day speakers: Michigan could lead in autonomous vehicles
Participants at U-M's Robotics Day event Monday heard speakers describe how the convergence of the university and other research institutions, the auto industry and a supportive state government will pave the way for the next generation of smart cars. Gov. Rick Snyder delivered the keynote speech, and said he expects passage of legislation that would license automated vehicles on public roads.

Senate Assembly urges administration to assess diversity progress
The faculty's Senate Assembly voted Monday to present the administration with a resolution asking it to determine the causes of a lack of progress in improving campus diversity.

Phi Kappa Phi inducts 20 faculty and staff members
Twenty faculty members and administrators with outstanding academic and professional accomplishments have been inducted into the U-M chapter of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. The inductees, who include Vice Provost and Provost-Elect Martha Pollack, come from Rackham Graduate School, LSA, Medical School, School of Education, Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering.

The Michigan Difference

The Wolverine Patriot Project
Students from the School of Dentistry and a husband and wife who earned their dental degrees from U-M have joined forces to provide oral health care to disabled and homeless veterans in Gaylord. Their initiative is known as the Wolverine Patriot Project, and its origins can be traced to a second-year dental student, Jesse Edwards, who asked himself a simple question not so long ago, "How can I help those who have served this country?"