Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Faculty, students and alumni from the School of Art & Design celebrate the grand opening of studio space at 1919 Green Road, which A&D Dean Bryan Rogers calls a "creative crucible." Click here for more on Friday's opening of this unique space, which has been transformed from the former location of U-M Printing Services. (Photo by Terry Johnston)

House majority leader says government should support innovators
U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Monday told a packed gathering at the Michigan League Ballroom that to build the economy government needs to continue supporting those who create businesses and opportunity, from whose ranks have sprung such entrepreneurs as Henry Ford and Steve Jobs.

App will bring Charles Woodson to life in lobby of new hospital
Among the surprises in store for families and patients at the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is an appearance by football star Charles Woodson. With the help of “3D Woodson,” a new mobile app custom made for Mott, Woodson can be brought to life by any Mott visitor with an iPad or iPhone.

Nominations sought for Distinguished University Innovator Award
The Office of the Vice President for Research is accepting nominations for the 2011 Distinguished University Innovator Award. Any member of the university community may nominate someone for the award. Nominees must be tenured, tenure-track or research faculty, or a team of up to three individuals led by such faculty member.

The Michigan Difference

Energy efficiency through social networks
School of Information Professor Thomas Finholt and adjunct lecturer Erik Hofer are studying how social networks can be used to help individuals reduce their energy footprint. Among their areas of focus are the Internet, telephone systems and transportation networks, all of which are in turn tied to power and fuel-supply networks, such as electricity grids.