Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A group of U-M students float in zero gravity as they test a new electrostatic thruster technology known as a Nanoparticle Field Extraction Thruster (or NanoFET). NanoFETs can be developed to do a number of things but one of the main goals is to use it to propel small satellites.

New LSI lab provides super-sharp 3-D views of protein complexes
A new, $8 million electron microscopy lab within the Life Sciences Institute allows researchers to “quick-freeze” protein complexes before viewing them. The process preserves the complexes’ natural structure and allows biologists to visualize specimens at the molecular scale. The facility was completed this spring and is one of a dozen or so dedicated electron cryomicroscopy labs in the country.

Dental school videos drawing worldwide interest on Web
More than 650 videos from the School of Dentistry’s learning resources archives are drawing considerable interest worldwide since becoming available for free viewing on the Internet. The school, which launched its YouTube Channel in March, recently was the second most-viewed educational channel on the popular Web site, topped only by Stanford.

Proposals sought for Faculty Fellows Program in Public Scholarship
The 2010 Request for Proposals for the Faculty Fellows Program in Public Scholarship is now available. Grant awards range from $5,000 - $20,000. The deadline for filing letters of interest is Thursday. A complete RFP is available at the Web site for Arts of Citizenship.

The Michigan Difference

King of the road
Michael Daugherty, professor of composition at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, is one of the 10 most performed living American composers. His inspiration comes from observing the America he sees traveling its back roads and blue highways. “I found a way to combine my passion for American places, popular culture, and historical figures with the incredible education in contemporary music I had received,” he says.