Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Steve Skerlos, associate professor of mechanical engineering, discusses various issues related to sustainability in this video created as part of a College of Engineering initiative called MconneX. The new project will provide entertaining and educational content to engineering alumni through videos as well as events and continuing-education opportunities. Read more about the MconneX initiative.

Better use of space is focus of new policy for classroom scheduling
A new classroom scheduling policy will help the university make better use of existing classroom space and spread classes throughout the day and throughout the week. The policy will take effect for the Winter 2013 curriculum-planning period. “The policy is designed to both make better use of existing classrooms and help departments that are challenged to place classes, especially during the popular hours of 10 a.m.-2 p.m.,” says Martha Pollack, vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs.

Nominees sought for Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award
Nominations for the Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award are being accepted through May 18. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and University Human Resources the award recognizes individual staff members and teams that have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in supporting diversity at the university.

REMINDER: E-waste recycling event starts Thursday; public day is Saturday
The Office of Campus Sustainability and the Ann Arbor Public Schools are sponsoring a free e-waste recycling event designed to promote the disposal of electronics in an earth-friendly way. Local businesses and nonprofit organizations are asked to register for dropoffs Thursday and Friday. Saturday is the dropoff day for the general public.

The Michigan Difference

Design for social change
A partnership between the School of Art & Design and a community school in the Brightmoor neighborhood of Detroit could become the blueprint for more collaboration. This partnership created projects such as a mobile pizza oven and solar-powered bicycle lights through the conversations, field trips and interactions of Detroit and U-M A&D students.