Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Obama administration has announced that Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for cars and light trucks will be 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. What will this mean for drivers? John DeCicco, clinical professor of natural resources and environment and research professor at the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute, shares his insights in this video podcast.

U-M begins to plan for bicentennial celebration
As U-M approaches its bicentennial in 2017, the first steps are being taken toward a celebration that explores the university’s heritage as well as its future as a leading public university. President Mary Sue Coleman has named a committee to develop an overall plan for the milestone.

TechArb to house record number of student-run ventures
A record 19 new companies founded by young U-M entrepreneurs will share space in the TechArb student business incubator for the next six months. Organizers received more applications than ever this session, and thanks to an expanded space down the street from TechArb's previous location, they were able to accommodate more companies.

Faculty governance proceeding toward electronic voting on some issues
The U-M faculty Senate Assembly voted Monday to pursue the concept of electronic voting on selected action items that come before that group and the broader University Senate.

Submit holiday closings and special hours to the University Record
The University Record will compile a list of holiday closings and reduced-service reminders to be printed in the Dec. 12 issue. Units that wish to be included in the publication must submit information by 5 p.m. Nov. 29. Please email information about closings or special hours to

The Michigan Difference

Dental outreach to inmates
Hands-on experience is a crucial part of dental training. That’s why U-M dental students Chady Elhage and Mohamed Saad say they value the opportunity to have participated in the Outreach Dentistry program at the Michigan State Prison near Jackson. For two weeks students perform tooth extractions and fillings on inmates, taking on as many as 10 patients a day. “Many of the inmates we saw were in so much pain that they were grateful that we were there to help them,” Saad said.