Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, August 9, 2010

Lada Adamic, associate professor of information, unpacks items in her new School of Information (SI) office at the North Quadrangle Residential and Academic Complex. SI faculty and staff from West Hall have moved to North Quad and are preparing to welcome students when the facility opens next month. SI faculty and staff housed on North Campus will move into the new complex in October. (Photo by Jay Jackson)

North Quadrangle is new home for student living and learning
The first new residence hall constructed at the university in more than 40 years, North Quadrangle Residential and Academic Complex will open in September as a home for 450 upper-level undergraduate students and a new hub for learning and collaboration. The complex also is home to several academic programs, providing a one-of-a-kind living and learning environment that leverages advanced networking technologies and international programs to extend the university experience to a global perspective.

Demand for Priority Health continues to decline; U-M to drop plan in 2012
The Priority Health insurance plan will be eliminated from U-M medical plan choices in 2012. For those already enrolled, no immediate action is needed. The plan will continue until the end of 2011, but no new enrollments will be allowed during this year’s Open Enrollment period, Oct. 25-Nov. 5.

U-M student a finalist for College Entrepreneur of the Year
Allen Kim, an undergraduate in the Department of Industrial Operations and Engineering and co-founder of an online company that calls itself “Netflix for baby clothes,” is one of five finalists to become Entrepreneur magazine’s 2010 College Entrepreneur of the Year. The winner will be determined by votes cast at the magazine’s website.

Putting 'The Big Chill' in the Big House
The U-M tie-ins that went into naming the Dec. 11 outdoor hockey game against Michigan State "The Big Chill at the Big House" go far beyond a play on words with a 1983 movie. The film, directed and co-written by U-M alumnus Lawrence Kasdan, is about a group of friends who gather for a weekend years after they were students together in Ann Arbor during the 1960s.

National conference on corporate responsibility coming to Ross School
More than 2,500 professionals and students will convene to explore issues in corporate responsibility, sustainability, and social entrepreneurship when Net Impact hosts its 18th annual national conference at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business in October. Net Impact promotes socially and environmentally responsible business.

UM-Dearborn sees record number of applications for fall
More than 4,000 prospective freshmen have applied to UM-Dearborn for the fall semester. Campus officials say that is a record number. In addition, applications from potential transfer students also are at an all-time high.

MRacing competing in Formula Student Germany
The MRacing Formula SAE team is one of five American teams competing in the 2010 Formula Student Germany competition, which runs through Sunday in Hockenheim, Germany. At last year's Formula Student Germany, U-M placed fifth overall, the best showing of the American teams who competed.

Medical School hires nearly 200 new faculty members since May
The Medical School has hired 184 new physicians and medical researchers since May, boosting its faculty to 2,254 — its highest point ever. The school has grown by 100-150 physicians and scientists in each of the last five years.

U-M’s Robert T. Kennedy receives neuroscience technology award
Robert T. Kennedy, the Hobart H. Willard Professor of Chemistry and a professor of pharmacology, is one of four scientists selected to receive the 2010 Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award from the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience.

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.

Other photos from the Record Update
Click the headline to view another photo that appeared this week in the Update, a U-M student performing at the White House.

The Michigan Difference

An express challenge
Chris Van Allsburg, perhaps best known for his children’s books “Jumanji” and “The Polar Express,” has created a project to help fund scholarships for students in the School of Art and Design. He and his wife, Lisa, both graduates of A&D, started the Van Allsburg Undergraduate Scholarship Challenge Match, which provides a dollar for every dollar given to A&D’s Undergraduate Scholarship Fund, up to $200,000.