Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Electrical engineering professor Jessy Grizzle and two of his students have developed a robot named MABEL that can nimbly navigate uneven ground. This video shows the team putting MABEL through her paces. Click here for more information about the walking robot.

NEWS UPDATE: Natural gas leak sealed
A natural gas leak occurred at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the construction site on North University and Geddes avenues. It was sealed as of 11:50 a.m. and an all-clear was given for building reoccupancy.

U-M, Chinese education officials lay groundwork for future partnerships
U-M officials have completed two weeks of hosting high-level exchanges with 33 counterparts from 27 top Chinese universities. The meetings offered a rare opportunity to lay the groundwork for future partnerships.

NSF’s “Sensational 60” lists four U-M projects
Four U-M projects have been included in the National Science Foundation’s “Sensational 60” list of scientific discoveries or advances that have had a major impact on American life. The projects are: the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the American National Election Studies, the Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSystems, and IntraLase for blade-free LASIK surgery.

Lee elected to National Academy of Education
Valerie Lee, professor of education and faculty associate at the Institute for Social Research, was recently elected to the National Academy of Education, which consists of U.S. members and foreign associates who are elected on the basis of outstanding scholarship or contributions to education.

The Michigan Difference

Anthropologist to the drug underworld
From 2000-03, while working on his dissertation in anthropology, LSA alumnus Luke Bergmann immersed himself in the world of Detroit’s young drug dealers. The result was his book “Getting Ghost,” a chronicle of two street-level dealers. “It was very harrowing to become a member of that community and to see the incredible carnage. It changed my own racial and political identity,” Bergmann says.