Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, August 7, 2009

Planners from across the university are working to create a strategy for using the 30-building North Campus Research Complex — formerly the Pfizer property — at Huron Parkway and Plymouth Road. Want to know more about the planning process? Click here to access a brief video detailing the ongoing planning efforts.

Confucius Institute at
U-M to open this fall

The Confucius Institute at U-M will open its doors this fall, with plans to advance China-related opportunities significantly within the university community, and to serve as the national resource on Chinese arts and culture for all Confucius Institutes in the United States.

Energy Frontier Research Center gets $19.5 million from DOE
The university will receive $19.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for five years to study materials that may be used to convert solar energy and heat to electricity. The funding was the third-largest of 15 grants announced Thursday for Energy Frontier Research Centers around the country.

Better oral health-care access is goal of Dental School pilot program
The Dental School will participate in a pilot program designed to increase access to oral health care among underrepresented minorities and low-income groups, and encourage adolescents from these groups to consider and ultimately pursue careers in the dental profession.

Stem cell research efforts profiled on Big Ten Network
U-M is at the forefront of stem cell research, which has the potential transform how we treat a host of human diseases. A new video produced by Michigan Television for the Big Ten Network as part of its "Out of the Blue" series looks at the progress being made in this exciting new research area. It will air at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The Michigan Difference

A new way to build
A construction system that could help revive urban areas is being developed by Harry Giles, a professor in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and a team of collaborators. MidMod is an adaptable, durable and energy efficient construction system ideally suited for mixed-use, urban neighborhoods. A prototype structure is expected to be placed on display this fall.