Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Computer science and engineering doctoral student Ryan Morton demonstrates how robots follow him when he shows them black and white commands on a sheet of paper. Team adviser Edwin Olson looks on. These robots will be on display at Robotics Day 2012 on April 9 at the North Campus Research Complex. (Photo by Nicole Casal Moore.)

Correct information for Coming Up events
Today's Record Update inadvertently transposed two events in the Coming Up feature. Today's event should have listed “After the Fall: Darwin and Milton on Descent” with Gillian Feeley-Harnik, which will take place 4:10 p.m. today at Rackham Amphitheatre. Tomorrow's event will be the Ford Distinguished Lecture in Physics, “A Global Cleanout of Nuclear Weapon Materials” with Frank von Hippel, Princeton University, from 4-5 p.m. in Michigan Union, Rogel Ballroom.

BREAKING NEWS: Ann, Catherine and Glen Street parking structures re-opened
The Ann, Catherine and Glen street parking structures have re-opened as of 11:15 a.m. after being closed this morning.

Self-driving cars and other autonomous machines on agenda at Robotics Day
Robotic taxis could transform transportation — saving time, energy and even lives, Professor of Engineering Practice Lawrence Burns says. At the upcoming Robotics Day 2012, on April 9 at the North Campus Research Complex, the former GM vice president for research and development will share his vision for what he calls sustainable mobility.

Board of Regents votes to file brief
The Board of Regents voted 5-3 on Monday to direct the university to file an amicus or "friend of the court" brief in favor of the plaintiffs in the case of Hammel et al. v. Speaker of the House of Representatives et al. At issue is whether a new law that prohibits university graduate student research assistants from forming a union should go into effect immediately. Plaintiffs argue that it should not.

VIDEO: Leaders outline university financing at meeting with students
The Record Update recently covered a presentation by the university's top two budget officers as they met with students to explain where university funding comes from, how it is spent and how a shifting financial picture — particularly in the area of state appropriations — affects them and the tuition they pay. The full video of the March 22 presentation by Phil Hanlon, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, and Martha Pollack, vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs is now available.

The Michigan Difference

Better devices, better outcomes
Jim Geiger, professor of surgery and executive director of the Medical Innovation Center, is leading a team of researchers to develop better pediatric surgical devices. Geiger’s aim is to promote the development and commercialization of many new medical technologies across all fields of health care, and to aid health care innovators in making their products a reality.