Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Nancy Songer, professor of education, discusses a poster with Osama Altwil, front, and Abraham Muesleh, students at O.W. Holmes Elementary School in Detroit. The boys were among more than 120 sixth-graders from Holmes Elementary and Detroit's Foreign Language Immersion School who participated in the third annual BioKIDS Science Convention on Tuesday at the Michigan League. The schools have been following the BioKIDS science curriculum developed at U-M, and the convention featured their posters about animal species from the Detroit River ecosystem that they studied. (Photo by Eric Bronson, U-M Photo Services)

Smart grid will enable more electric cars, U-M expert says
Smart power systems that allow for groups of electric vehicles to be recharged efficiently overnight are key to making electric-powered cars a reality, Jeffrey Stein, associate director of the Automotive Research Center and professor of mechanical engineering, told a Washington, D.C., audience Wednesday.

New award recognizes supervisors who aid work/life balance
The U-M Work/Life Resource Center is seeking nominations for the Work/Life Champion Award for Supervisors. The award recognizes faculty and staff supervisors who promote balance through consistent recognition of and responsiveness to their employee's professional and personal lives.

REMINDER: Depression on College Campuses conference next week
The Depression Center's annual Depression on College Campuses conference, March 28-29, will focus on the detection of mental illness during the high stakes college years. Registration is free for all students from any campus, but an online registration form is required.

The Michigan Difference

Witness to a new Egypt
Sharief El-Gabri, a Fulbright U.S. Student fellow from U-M, has a front-row seat to the political changes going on in Egypt, where his father's family still lives. He is teaching English in nearby Jordan, and recently visited Cairo, the capital of the Arab country where he witnessed its first steps in the post-Mubarak era. He posted his observations on the International Institute's blog.