Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Board of Regents on Thursday approved schematic designs for a new Basketball Player Development Center. The designs were developed by Jickling Lyman Powell Associates, assisted by Sink Combs Dethlefs. The facility, to be built adjacent to Crisler Arena, will include two basketball practice courts, team locker rooms for players and coaches, athletic medicine and hydrotherapy. (Drawing by Jickling Lyman Powell Associates Inc.)

Regents approve exterior-door Mcard access project
By mid-2011 most buildings on the Ann Arbor campus will be accessible using electronic card readers after the Board of Regents on Thursday approved a $9 million project to install the devices, which will allow door locks to be programmed electronically and accessed using Mcards. The change from metal keys will enhance building security and provide campuswide efficiencies.
Click here for a roundup of other items from Thursday’s Board of Regents meeting.

Federal stimulus awards to U-M researchers top $100 million
U-M scientists and engineers have received more than 260 federal stimulus-package research grants to date, totaling $103.2 million. The funding includes 188 National Institutes of Health stimulus awards and 70 from the National Science Foundation. In addition, stimulus-package funding from the U.S. Department of Energy will pay for a $19.5 million U-M research center to explore new materials for solar cells.

Scavia advises Congress on an action plan for algal blooms and hypoxia
U-M sustainability expert Don Scavia joined colleagues from federal agencies, state governments and universities Thursday to advise Congress on how to address the depletion of oxygen from the Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico and other major U.S. bodies of water.

The Michigan Difference

Tapping creativity in prisons
The Prison Creative Arts Project collaborates with incarcerated adults, incarcerated youth, urban youth and the formerly incarcerated to strengthen our community through creative expression. Based in the Department of English Language and Literature and the School of Art and Design, project participants facilitate arts workshops in prisons or juvenile facilities, as well as Detroit high schools.