Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Saturday, April 21, 2012

In this video, students from a class titled Shaping the Sound of Bronze perform on metallaphones and gongs they cast themselves, alongside Susan Walton, lecturer IV in musicology and director of the U-M Gamelan ensemble. This multi-disciplinary class teaches students to mold, cast and tune bronze instruments. It is team-taught by Lou Marinaro (School of Art & Design), Steven Ball (School of Music, Theatre & Dance), and Greg Wakefield and Paul Kominsky (College of Engineering). The class culminates in an end-of-semester performance.

Regents approve major expansion of U-M hospitals, including new neuroscience facility
To meet a surging demand for its high-quality advanced care, the U-M Health System will expand its hospital capacity for adults and create Michigan’s first hospital for diseases of the nervous system including the brain and spine. The Board of Regents approved the $163 million project Thursday as a comprehensive approach to creating much-needed inpatient and intensive care beds, operating rooms and medical imaging space. The project will also realign U-M’s adult hospital services.

Medical School improvements will create more room for hands-on learning
The Medical School will greatly expand and improve its space and technology for training future physicians, with a $55 million project the Board of Regents approved Thursday. The project will convert and renovate 137,000 square feet in the Taubman Health Sciences Library.

U-M to add 500 parking spaces for Medical Campus
The university will move ahead with plans to accommodate its employment growth and build a new parking structure on Wall Street that will provide an additional 500 permit parking spaces near the U-M Medical Campus. The $34 million project was approved Thursday by the Board of Regents.
In other action, regents renovating approximately 30,000 square feet of space at the Law School.

Weinert named new associate vice president for research — sponsored programs
Daryl Weinert, who has served as executive director of the Business Engagement Center since it was launched in 2007, has been named to the newly created position of associate vice president for research — sponsored programs. The appointment, approved Thursday by the Board of Regents, is effective May 1.

Two DTE transformers at Central Power Plant to be shut down this weekend
DTE Energy will shut down two of the three transformers at the Central Power Plant from 2 p.m. Saturday until 4 a.m. Sunday, which will mean a higher risk of electric power interruptions for the Central, Medical, and South campuses during the hours they are out of service.

U-M among the top five in the Big Ten for RecycleMania 2012
Students, faculty and staff collected nearly 750,000 pounds of recyclables during the 2012 RecycleMania competition, Jan. 22-March 31. The total collection placed U-M 11th among 296 participating schools in the Gorilla Prize category, and among the top five of the Big Ten in all four participating categories.

Provost offers update on student access
Provost Phil Hanlon provided a brief update on access to U-M by prospective undocumented students, during Thursday's Board of Regents meeting.

The Michigan Difference

Improving genetic testing for cancer
Xudong Fan, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and a team of colleagues have developed a better way to detect the genetic mutations that may lead to cancer. Their liquid laser will help to make these slight mutations more obvious and thus easier to detect. The team is pursuing partners to help bring this new technology to market.