Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, September 24, 2009

President Mary Sue Coleman discusses energy infrastructure at the National Energy Summit and International Dialogue on Wednesday. Other panel members shown here are Neil Auerbach, founder and managing partner of Hudson Clean Energy (right), and Andy Karsner, a member of the board of directors of Applied Materials Inc. (Photo by Mike Waring, U-M Washington, D.C. Office)

Coleman promotes higher ed as crucial part of energy strategy
Higher education — its research, innovations and students — is as much a part of the nation’s energy infrastructure as are bricks and steel, President Mary Sue Coleman said Wednesday at a national conference on energy issues. Coleman participated in the Council on Competitiveness National Energy Summit.

Bags prohibited in Michigan Stadium at Saturday's game
Football fans attending Saturday’s game between U-M and Indiana University will not be allowed to take bags of any size into Michigan Stadium. While no specific threats have been received, Department of Public Safety officials said Wednesday the measures were seen as “the prudent thing to do” after consulting with federal officials and athletics personnel.

Legislative panel cuts funding for Michigan Promise Scholarships
University leaders reiterated U-M’s commitment to meet the full demonstrated financial need of undergraduates from the state of Michigan, following a joint House-and-Senate conference committee vote Wednesday to eliminate the Michigan Promise Scholarship.

Shots better than nasal spray vaccine in preventing seasonal flu in adults
A flu shot is 50 percent more effective than a nasal spray vaccine in preventing seasonal influenza in healthy adults, a new study shows. The School of Public Health study looked at the differences in protection for the A (H3N2) viruses, the seasonal strains that cause the most severe disease. The seasonal-flu vaccines that were studied do not protect against the H1N1 swine flu virus.

Squirrel in transformer disrupts power across campus
Electrical and cooling systems for university buildings were back to normal Wednesday after being briefly disrupted Tuesday evening when a squirrel short-circuited a major transformer at the Central Power Plant. Most buildings and parking structures on Central Campus and some on the medical campus were affected for varying lengths of time.

The Michigan Difference

Making financial aid easier
With college education becoming harder to afford, the Obama administration wants to make it easier for families to seek federal financial aid. Research conducted by Susan Dynarski, an associate professor of public policy and of education, has played a key role in the administration’s ideas for simplifying the process.