Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, October 8, 2010

As U-M prepares to square off against in-state rival MSU on Saturday, Wolverines can take heart knowing they are being cheered on from halfway around the world. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ryan Harmer (left) and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jason Ruge display their maize-and-blue pride on a U.S. Army helicopter at their base near Kabul, Afghanistan. Both have been deployed since November 2009. Ryan Harmer is the brother of U-M employee Megan Harmer, a senior student loan specialist in the Student Loans and Records Department. (Photo courtesy of Megan Harmer)

Hatcher Library's Peace Corps exhibit evokes spirit of '60s activism
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s visit to the Ann Arbor campus, where the then-presidential candidate first articulated the goals of what would become the Peace Corps, the Hatcher Graduate Library is hosting an exhibit that showcases the unique role U-M students and faculty played in the service effort.

UM-Flint to be part of advanced nursing education expansion
UM-Flint will receive $1,425,600 to help with expanding Advanced Nursing Education. It is one of nine Michigan projects designed to train primary health care workers, and one of 26 nursing schools nationwide selected for the grant to increase full-time enrollment in primary care nurse practitioner and nurse midwife programs.

U-M researchers put musical signature on hack into D.C. voting test
University researchers who hacked into a test bed of the Washington, D.C., online absentee voting system did so with a sense of maize-and-blue whimsy, programming it to play “The Victors” after each new ballot was cast. The security breach came after designers asked researchers to look for weaknesses in the system.

The Michigan Difference

Wheeling water to the masses
During a William Davidson Institute fellowship in South Africa, Cynthia Koenig was moved by the impact of a worldwide crisis in which an estimated one billion people lack easy access to potable water. She launched a non-profit water-distribution organization and soon found herself at the helm of Wello, which manufactures and distributes the WaterWheel, a 20-gallon drum that moves four to five times the amount of water possible using traditional methods of collection and carrying.