Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, April 9, 2010

A student prepares his meal at the East Quad Dining Hall, which is experimenting with a trayless serving system. A story detailing the trayless process is highlighted on a new Web site outlining U-M’s ongoing sustainability efforts. (Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services)

BREAKING NEWS: U-M gets $63 million NIH grant for SWOG cancer trials network
The Medical School has received its largest ever research grant, a $63 million award over six years to support the work of the U-M-based Southwest Oncology Group. The award will fund large-scale studies of new cancer treatments in SWOG’s network of more than 500 institutions across the U.S. and beyond.

Provost honors five faculty projects with Teaching Innovation Prize
Five U-M faculty projects will be honored May 3 with the second annual U-M Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, and the U-M Library. A faculty committee selected the winning projects from among 58 submitted by students, staff and faculty peers.

New Web site showcases sustainability efforts at U-M
The university has launched a new U-M Sustainability Web site to showcase its ongoing achievements in sustainability research, teaching and university operations, as well as to raise campus awareness of — and engagement in — related issues and activities. Designed as a central portal, the site provides a comprehensive overview of news, information, events, and activities, and will highlight the work to set campus goals for sustainable operations.

Campus invited to grand opening of new Towsley Children’s House
Faculty and staff are invited to join the grand opening celebration for the Towsley Children’s House, U-M’s newest facility providing care and education for children ages 3 months to 5 years. The April 16 event is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and includes live music and entertainment for children, light refreshments and building tours. Please RSVP to to attend.

Mobile app contest deadline extended
The deadline for faculty, staff or students to submit a mobile-device application in a universitywide contest has been extended to Tuesday.

The Michigan Difference

Three generations of aero engineers
Over the course of three generations, the Criel family has witnessed much of the history of the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Harry Criel, his son Todd and grandson Ben all graduated with Bachelor of Science in Engineering degrees through the department. They discussed their memorable experiences and professors on page 2 of the latest edition of AeroNews, the department newsletter.