Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Dr. Stewart Wang (left), director of the U-M International Center for Automotive Medicine, speaks during a ceremony marking the opening of the center's new offices in Medical Science Unit I. Also featured at Monday's event were, onstage from left, U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn; Adrian Lund, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; James Vondale, director of the Automotive Safety Office, Environmental and Safety Engineering at Ford Motor Co.; and Robert Lange, a national crash-safety expert and group vice president at the consulting firm Exponent. The new, state-of-the-art facilities provide space for automotive engineers undertaking a fellowship program that gives them an in-depth look at the medical side of crash-related injuries. (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

University research leads to successful IT center spinoff
An industry-leading information technology R&D center on South State Street is the result of successful commercialization of U-M research. Not only has Arbor Networks made the Internet a safer, more robust environment for network operators and businesses; it also has helped kick-start the innovation economy in the University Research Corridor area.

U-M programming team places second in world competition
Three U-M computer science students placed second in the 2011 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals, the world's largest and most prestigious computer programming competition. One of only two teams to solve all eight problems in the competition, U-M moved to second place after tying for 14th in 2010.

UM-Dearborn sociology students learn with prison inmates
Each semester a UM-Dearborn sociology class brings undergraduates and inmates together as classmates at Ryan Correctional Facility in Detroit. The class is part of a nationwide initiative called the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, in which students from inside and outside the prison walls examine the complex issues surrounding the U.S. criminal justice system through the “prism of prison.”

The Michigan Difference

Sensing opportunity in climate change
Alumna Nuyi Tao used to be a financial specialist at a commercial bank in her native China. Now she's a senior carbon finance specialist at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., using the expertise and lessons learned at the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise to build a business case for sustainable development, particularly as it relates to energy and climate change.