Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, September 6, 2013

A College of Engineering faculty member and her team have developed a way to turn corn stalks and leaves into biofuel called isobutanol. In this video, Nina Lin, assistant professor of chemical engineering and biomedical engineering, describes the development of isobutanol and why it could be better than ethanol and other biofuels.

University will unveil new promotional video during pep rally tonight
The university will unveil a new "Victors Valiant" public service announcement video during tonight's Maize Out, Lights On Pep Rally, which begins at 7 p.m. on the Diag. The 30-second video will be seen nationally for the first time during the television broadcast of the Michigan-Notre Dame football game Saturday night.

Bollywood, Hollywood and Law come together in a mini seminar
The savory smell of samosas mingled with the Hindi spoken by the actors on the big screen and laughter of the audience. If you closed your eyes, you could easily imagine yourself at a movie theater in Mumbai. But this cinematic experience was at the Law School, and the audience was aspiring lawyers watching their last Hindi film for a mini seminar.

Skorich selected for new senior associate athletic director post
Athletic Director Dave Brandon announced Thursday that Pete Skorich will assume a newly created position as senior associate athletic director for communications, broadcast, multimedia and creative services.

NextGen Newsletter provides updates on new training resources, MiWorkspace
The latest edition of the NextGen Newsletter, from the Office of the CIO, features updates on two new technical training vendors; how MiWorkspace, the new desktop computing and support service from ITS, will be redesigned to meet the needs of academic and research units; and a look into how the Modular Data Center is supporting the U-M research community.

Applicants sought for CHRT Policy Fellowship
U-M researchers can now apply for the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation Policy Fellowship, which joins selected health services researchers and state policy-makers to learn about policy-making, health services research, and the intersection between the two. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Sept. 30.

The Michigan Difference

Safe water for Mexico
Two School of Nursing graduates were part of a water purification effort to help residents in high flood-risk areas of Mexico. Denise Soulliere and Angela Wan were part of the 2013 Clean Water Team that also included three U-M medical students and three cadets from the U.S. Military Academy. The project, part of the Eleanor Josaitis Global Initiative at Focus: Hope, focused on how the P&G Purifier of Water product could be incorporated into emergency relief protocols.