Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, January 16, 2012

U-M Transport Research Institute's researcher Bruce Belzowski comments on the future of small cars in the United States in this video, which was shot during the North American Auto Show in Detroit. Also, click here to see John DeCicco, professor of practice at the School of Natural Resources and Environment, and research professor at the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute, recommend the "greenest" vehicle choices for consumers.

Rackham celebrates its 100th with events throughout year
As the Rackham Graduate School enters its centennial, it not only will look back at a century of service but will offer an assortment of activities throughout the year that showcase the many facets of modern graduate education.

Annual sustainability report shows success in key areas
The university continues to make progress in key areas of energy reduction, alternative transportation and waste reduction, according to its just released 2011 annual sustainability report. Covering more than 170 environmental metrics, this report presents the university’s impact on the environment while highlighting many examples of stewardship and sustainability efforts taking place throughout the Ann Arbor campus.

Coppola wins national teaching award
Baylor University has named U-M chemistry professor Brian Coppola as the 2012 recipient of the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, the only national teaching award — with the single largest monetary reward of $250,000 — presented by a college or university to an individual for exceptional teaching.

Ross School launches venture shaping program through Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
Underscoring its mission to create courses and programs that help students develop their entrepreneurial skills and ultimately build successful, innovative businesses, the Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at Ross has launched a new venture shaping program. The Mayleben Family Venture Shaping Program will teach student teams from across the university how to transform identified opportunities into businesses.

First confirmed flu cases beginning to appear
With cases of influenza starting to appear locally, university health officials want to remind the community that it is still not too late to get a flu vaccination. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to prevent influenza is to receive a seasonal flu shot. “As we begin to enter peak flu season, there is still time to reduce your risk of becoming ill,” says Chief Health Officer Dr. Robert Winfield.

CRIME ALERT: Armed robbery
12:30 a.m. today; off campus, Hill at Olivia streets.

This week in the University Record
• Distinguished University Professor lecture: Understanding drug, behavior relationship
• Research: First major gene mutation found associated with hereditary prostate cancer risk
• Faculty Spotlight: His business students have worked with start-up companies, celebrities
Read these stories and more in the Record, available in racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Educating India’s poor
Pallavi Shukla saw inequality in the education of India’s children and knew she could do something about it. The first year master’s student at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy acquired land and built a school to help make a powerful difference in the lives of India’s poor and underserved children. She hopes to return to India to develop and support policies that will improve the education system for all of the country's children — rich and poor alike.