Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, August 2, 2010

U-M public policy major Meredith Horowski learns about picking coffee beans, Rwanda’s biggest export, during a weeklong trip to the country with the anti-poverty advocacy organization ONE. Horowski’s concern for the poor helped earn her a spot on a recent journey, during which she observed both stark poverty and inspiring efforts to rebound from years of genocide and war. Click here to read a story about her trip. (Photo courtesy of Meredith Horowski)

New insights into how stem cells determine what tissue to become
Within 24 hours of culturing adult human stem cells on a new type of matrix, U-M researchers were able to make predictions about how the cells would differentiate, or what type of tissue they would become. Their results are published in Sunday's edition of Nature Methods.

Construction starts on second cyber classroom at UM-Flint
Included in the long list of construction projects underway at UM-Flint this summer is a second Cyber Classroom for the Computer Science and Information Systems program. The new system will use video equipment and a series of microphones to record classroom interactions, which will then be made available online for students. 

Michigan College Advising Corps share mission in Washington
Advisers and staff from the Michigan College Advising Corps (MCAC) visited Washington, D.C., this week for a three-day conference, which brought together nearly 200 advisers from 15 partner institutions across the country. MCAC is a new program at U-M that places recent graduates in high schools throughout Michigan to serve as college advisers.

Innovative sustainability efforts explored at forum
Current innovative practices at universities and companies to boost institutional sustainability — such as U-M’s exploration of trayless dining in East Quad to reduce food waste and water usage — drew attention Monday at a Campus Sustainability Integrated Assessment Public Forum at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. The forum was part of an ongoing effort by the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute and Office of Campus Sustainability to lead an Integrated Assessment of options for a more sustainable U-M. 

Engineering students to contend for top prize in global robotics competition
Robots developed at U-M could one day be deployed to warzones to search out and neutralize roadside bombs, thanks to a team of more than 20 engineering students led by Edwin Olson, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering. Olson and his team were selected as one of six finalists in the 2010 Multi Autonomous Ground-Robotic International Challenge, which offers $750,000 as its top prize. 

Other photos from the Record Update
Click the headline to view photos that appeared this week in the Update, including a university partnership at NCRC, the Ann Arbor art fairs, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy dean on Capitol Hill and a Sea Perch underwater robot competition commemorating the launch of the Naval Engineering Education Center.

Change in on-campus polling locations for elections
This past spring, following conversations between U-M Director of Community Relations Jim Kosteva and Ann Arbor City Clerk Jacqueline Beaudry, it was agreed that residence halls would no longer serve as polling places. Welcoming the decision as supporting University Housing’s security of student residences, the Division of Student Affairs coordinated alternate polling locations on campus. 

U-M makes Chronicle best workplaces list
For the third consecutive year, U-M is featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Great Colleges to Work For, the publication’s editors announced today (July 26). The university also made this year’s honor roll, a list of 39 two- and four-year institutions that are recognized the most in several categories.

ITS looks to the future with green IT at U-M
Since the March 2008 kick-off, nine project teams racked up many accomplishments in the name of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative @ U-M. While the project has ended, its work will persevere. ITS aims to make sustainability a natural part of the U-M IT culture and offer resources and new services to campus.

URC study: Manufacturing 'alive and well in Michigan'
More than 381,000 people at 11,000 Michigan firms are working in high-tech, highly productive advanced manufacturing jobs — nearly two-thirds of the state's manufacturing base, according to a new University Research Corridor study. The study was released today (July 21) as part of a bus tour showcasing URC institutions U-M, Michigan State University and Wayne State University.

UMHS launches massive medical information technology overhaul
The U-M Health System has embarked on a multi-year journey to completely transform the way its physicians, nurses, other care providers and administrators use information technology in every U-M hospital, clinic and office. UMHS recently signed a contract with Epic Systems Corporation for the first stage of a multi-year effort that will involve hundreds of UMHS computing and clinical staff.

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Global crossroads
The International Institute blog captures the experiences of U-M students participating in research, study or internships abroad. Students contributing to this blog are recipients of an International Institute Individual Fellowship, a highly competitive, merit-based award. The fellowships are part of the II’s ongoing effort to promote global understanding and advance international research at U-M.