Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Janet Shamlian, a reporter for NBC's Today show, interviews Ted Spencer, associate vice provost and executive director of undergraduate admissions, for a segment on how to choose the right college. The Today crew was on campus last Thursday and also taped prospective students and parents who were touring U-M. The segment tentatively is scheduled to air in late September. It is part of NBC News' Education Nation initiative, which also includes town hall discussions, one of which will feature President Mary Sue Coleman. The project is designed to engage the country in what NBC News calls "a solutions-focused conversation about the state of education in America." (Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services)

Child Care Initiative meets major goals with consolidation of centers
The consolidation of five Ann Arbor campus child care centers into three state-of-the-art children's facilities provides U-M faculty, staff and students with flexible care options for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and achieves the goals of the U-M Child Care Initiative launched by President Mary Sue Coleman in 2005.

University, Skilled Trades Union reach tentative agreement
The university and the U-M Skilled Trades Union have reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract covering about 500 U-M employees. A ratification vote on the agreement, which includes wage increases over the four-year contract term, is set for Aug. 24.

Dworkin confirmed to serve on National Council of the Arts
The U.S. Senate has confirmed U-M alumnus Aaron Dworkin to serve on the National Council on the Arts. Dworkin is a violinist and arts educator who founded the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization to increase the number of minority students pursuing classical music careers.

U-M saves Medicare more than $22 million during five-year program
Medicare patients received better care at the U-M Health System, and U-M staff has saved more than $22 million on the cost of that care during five years of participation in the Medicare Physician Group Practice Demonstration Project.

Three new tenants move into Venture Accelerator for university startups
Three new companies have moved into the Venture Accelerator, which provides space, services and mentoring for emerging U-M startups. The accelerator is 60 percent full after just seven months in operation. There are now eight companies at the accelerator. Negotiations with several other prospective tenants are under way, and accelerator officials project that the facility at the North Campus Research Complex could be full by the end of the year.

U-M, Shanghai Jiao Tong University fund new round of energy, biomedical projects
U-M and Shanghai Jiao Tong University have chosen six research teams to win a share of $1.05 million in funding for renewable energy and biomedical technology projects in the second year of a joint program that teams up investigators from both schools.

Graduate Student Instructor teaching orientation set for Aug. 29-30
The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching will provide an intensive Teaching Orientation program for new, returning, and future Graduate Student Instructors. The event provides an opportunity to gain teaching skills, make connections with other GSIs, allay impending fears concerning teaching, and learn about helpful CRLT resources.

Former Ford School dean becomes acting commerce secretary
Former Ford School Dean Rebecca Blank now will serve as acting secretary of the U.S. Commence Department. She assumes the role after Commerce Secretary Gary Locke formally resigned Tuesday to be sworn in by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the next U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China.

Other photos from the Record Update
Click the headline to view photos that appeared during the past week in the Record Update, including an engineering presentation in Washington, a visit by the Journey of Hope bicycling team, and the Development Summer Internship Program's Project Showcase.

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The Sarvajal Water Project
A team of master's degree students from the School of Natural Resources and Environment has been traveling in India this summer, studying wastewater issues and possible ways to reuse or reduce the brine that is produced during a reverse osmosis process for producing clean and affordable drinking water. Read about the Sarvajal Water Project and the team's travels on its blog.