Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, April 24, 2009

Engineering researchers have developed a concrete material that can heal itself when it cracks. No human intervention is necessary — just water and carbon dioxide. The special concrete will improve safety, durability and sustainability of structures using the material, says Victor Li, professor of civil and environmental engineering. Read more about self-healing concrete.

U-M to discontinue operation of WFUM-TV
U-M plans to discontinue operating Michigan Television (WFUM-TV/Flint) because of shortfalls in revenue since 2005 and the need to control the university’s costs in the face of the continuing economic downturn.

Climate Savers at U-M to host free e-waste recycling events
Climate Savers Computing Initiative @ U-M, in conjunction with local partners at all three campuses, will host three free e-waste recycling events designed to help southeast Michigan residents, small businesses and non-profits responsibly recycle electronics they no longer need or want.

Benefit of grapes may be more than skin deep, study finds
Can a grape-enriched diet prevent the downhill sequence of heart failure after years of high blood pressure? A Cardiovascular Center study suggests grapes may prevent heart health risks beyond the simple blood pressure-lowering impact that can come from a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.

The Michigan Difference

Media medicine man
He trained as a neurosurgeon at U-M, intending to start a quiet practice in Michigan. But plans changed for Dr. Sanjay Gupta. CNN’s chief medical correspondent travels the planet to learn more about global health perspectives, which he explains to everyday folks using everyday language.