Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, April 27, 2012

MABEL, the walking robot, continues to develop ever more sophisticated abilities. It now can recover from a stumble like a person, making it the world's first robot with a trip reflex, U-M researchers say. This video shows how MABEL is able to step onto and over obstacles in its path, using only a sense of touch. Read more about MABEL's latest accomplishments.

New multi-cultural program M-STEM sees its first graduates
Among the more than 950 undergraduate engineers starting the next chapter of their lives this week is the first graduating class of a multicultural program at the College of Engineering called Michigan-Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. M-STEM aims to help promising high school students with diverse socio-economic, geographic, cultural, gender and ethnic backgrounds make the transition to college, and thereby excel in their education.

Advisory committee named for LSA dean search
Provost Phil Hanlon has named a search advisory committee for the dean of LSA. Paul N. Courant, university librarian and dean of libraries, will chair the committee that has been charged with conducting a broad search and presenting an unranked slate of recommended candidates by winter term 2013. LSA Dean Terrence J. McDonald is stepping down Aug. 31, 2013, after 10 years in the position.

Zell Lurie Institute leads Midwest's foremost venture capital event
Led by the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium will showcase innovation within the state and surrounding region on May 15-16 by bringing together "Best in the Midwest" companies with leading venture capitalists, angel investors and institutional investors.

The Michigan Difference

Public service in the city
Serving in the office of Detroit Mayor Dave Bing gave Elizabeth Palazzola and Julie Schneider a chance to help the city’s land use, housing and sustainability problems as the Ford School's inaugural David Bohnett Public Service Fellows. The program aims to give aspiring public servants experience with city government. It continues with incoming fellows Diana Flora and Stephanie Chang.