Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, February 20, 2012

Zach Pomerantz, a recent U-M graduate, works on one of the university's entries in an ice-carving competition on North Campus. The event was part of Winter Blast, which was hosted over the weekend by University Unions and the Center for Campus Involvement as part of the Go North! Initiative to revitalize the North Campus experience. Click on the photo for more images from Winter Blast. (Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services)

Proposals sought for sixth annual STEP in Departments workshop
The U-M ADVANCE Program now is calling for proposals for the sixth annual STEP in Departments workshop. The intensive three-day workshop, which will take place May 8-10 in Ann Arbor, draws on academic theory and data to examine obstacles to change and strategies for overcoming them.

Energy harvesting technology wins top prize at Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge
A team of Wayne State University graduate students and their unique energy-harvesting technology has won the $50,000 first prize in the Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge, judges announced Friday. The annual challenge, established by U-M and DTE Energy, encourages students from Michigan colleges and universities to grow clean-energy solutions into thriving businesses. U-M team PicoSpray won second place and $20,000 for developing a technique for cleaner small engines for motorcycles, lawnmowers and mopeds.

Zell Lurie Institute awards nearly $90,000 to student startups
The Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business on Friday announced the winners of the 2012 Michigan Business Challenge and recipients of the Applebaum Dare to Dream Grants and Mayleben Family Venture Shaping Grants for U-M student startups. Award winners and grant recipients received funding totaling nearly $90,000 for innovative new business concepts and compelling business plans.

CRIME ALERT: Home invasions
Throughout city of Ann Arbor, especially across from North Campus and south of Central Campus, Jan. 26-Feb. 15.

This week in the University Record
• Staff Spotlight: Wheelchair supplier coaches Rollin’ Pistons team
• WCTF keynote to speak on diversity, inclusion in higher education
• Birthday Greeting Campaign awards help deserving scholars
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

New lease on life
Dental student Steve Nichols (left), who urged a patient to see a physician for high blood pressure before having a routine dental cleaning in a School of Dentistry clinic, has given the patient a new lease on life. Exactly one month after his scheduled appointment at the School of Dentistry, Glen Toadvine (center, with wife Sandy) had open heart surgery in Toledo. “No question about it, dental student Steve Nichols, saved my life,” Toadvine says.