Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cole Witte, race crewmember for the 2011 U-M Solar Car Team, helps secure driver and engineering director Santosh Kumar into Quantum. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

National champion solar car team introduces 2011's Quantum
With its sleek 2011 car Quantum now built and ready for testing, U-M's No. 1 solar car team in America is preparing to take on the world. The reigning champions of the North American Solar Challenge will compete in the 1,800-mile World Solar Challenge across the Australian outback in October. Quantum is a cutting edge electric vehicle with an aerodynamic and light carbon fiber body, a high-performance battery and energy-efficient regenerative braking.

U-M's Ronald Inglehart wins prestigious Johan Skytte Prize
U-M political scientist Ronald Inglehart and Harvard University colleague Pippa Norris have been awarded the 2011 Johan Skytte Prize in political science, officials at Sweden's Uppsala University announced. The prize, given by the Skytte Foundation, is one of the most prestigious awards in the field.

Taubman Scholars to receive unrestricted funding to work toward cures
The second round of Taubman Scholars has been announced at the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute. Seven leading U-M clinician-scientists will receive the prestigious grants, which will allow them to conduct “high risk, high reward” research with the intent of moving scientific discoveries out of laboratories and into doctors’ offices. In addition, four Emerging Scholars also were appointed.

VIDEO: The A&D 2011 Senior Show
"Epoch," the School of Art & Design's show that features projects by the school’s graduating seniors, runs through May 1. It includes film, installation, and traditional and new media at all A&D exhibition venues. This video sets the mood for the event.

The Michigan Difference

The story of StarKid
It's a story that couldn't have happened 10 years ago. A group of U-M students and alumni gained national recognition after posting videos of a student-produced musical on YouTube. The musical? A parody of the Harry Potter series called "A Very Potter Musical." The project spawned Starkid, which has gone on to produce other plays and musicals, including "A Very Potter Sequel."