Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, September 3, 2010

Student Emily Goodwin, foreground, joins administration and faculty leaders and audience members in singing U-M’s alma mater, “The Yellow and Blue,” during the New Student Convocation. The annual event took place Thursday evening and serves as a ceremonial welcome for students starting their academic careers at U-M. Read more about the convocation in The University Record on Tuesday, available on racks around campus or online. (Photo by Paul Jaronski, Photo Services)

Clean-energy vehicle technology to be focus of U.S-China center
A partnership led by U-M to advance technologies for clean-energy vehicles will receive $12.5 million over the next five years under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center. Consortium members will match this amount to provide at least $25 million in total funding to help facilitate joint research and development on clean-energy vehicle technologies by the U.S. and China.

Season-opening pep rally on Diag at 6 p.m.
The U-M football team will host a preseason pep rally tonight at the Diag on Central Campus, just hours before the 2010 season kicks off against Connecticut. It is free to the public and starts at 6 p.m. Earlier today at least one media outlet incorrectly announced a different time and place for the event.

Addition to Thompson Street parking structure set to open
The Thompson Street parking structure addition, which will provide a net additional 273 spaces, is nearly complete and most of the new parking will open Tuesday. Faculty and staff should enter via Thompson Street until the Division Street entrance/exit is complete.

Initiative focuses on North Campus community
With the North Campus population now greater than 4,000 — larger than ever before — the university has launched an initiative to amplify the vibrancy of the burgeoning community. U-M is asking faculty and staff to help communicate the enhanced offerings, which include more social events, increased class sessions and extended hours of bus service.

PHOTOS: Students move in to residence halls
Approximately 7,000 U-M students moved into residential halls on the Ann Arbor campus during the four-day Fall Term Move-In, and an additional 3,000 students moved on campus early. Photo Services photographers captured a variety of images from all the activity.

U-M spinoff developing laser-based missile defense for helicopters
Protecting helicopters in combat from heat-seeking missiles is the goal of new laser technology created at the university and Omni Sciences Inc., a U-M spinoff company. The company uses inexpensive, off-the-shelf telecommunications fiber optics, to develop sturdy and portable lasers that could blind heat-seeking weapons from 1.8 miles away.

The Michigan Difference

Through the client’s eyes
The kinds of clients and crises that social workers might encounter in the work world are now part of a new class developed by Richard Tolman, professor of social work, and Scott Weissman, lecturer in social work. Students portray authentic characters that use the diverse services that social workers provide. Tolman and Weissman discuss the ideas behind class starting on Page 8 of Ongoing, the School of Social Work magazine.