Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A team of U-M students left Monday to spend the summer in the Pantanal wetlands of Brazil developing technologies that can power and sustain a rural community center. They hope their efforts will help stem the exodus of rural Brazilians from their native homes to the big cities by making the region more self-sustainable. In this video, project leaders test their process for making a bio-sand water filter by working with students at Slauson Middle School in Ann Arbor. Read more about the work of the Pantanal Partnership.

University announces MCubed, a bold, new way to fund research
A first-of-its-kind, real-time research funding initiative at U-M puts $15 million into the hands of professors to jumpstart new projects they believe in. To qualify, three researchers from different disciplines just need to come up with an idea and agree to work together. The new MCubed program is a modern alternative to the traditional yearlong government grant review process.

Educational reform in China is topic of leadership forum lecture
The campus community is invited to hear an update on efforts to reform Chinese higher education, during one presentation of the Michigan-China University Leadership Forum, now in its fifth year. The two-week forum is part of collaboration between the university and Chinese education leaders that is intended to share best practices and foster current and future partnerships.

Center for Geospatial Medicine receives federal innovation award to study diabetes
The Center for Geospatial Medicine at U-M is working to reduce death and disability from Type 2 diabetes under a grant announced Tuesday as part the nation's 2010 health care law. The center is part of a multi-state research team examining Type 2 diabetes in at-risk populations in four, underserved counties in North Carolina, Mississippi, and West Virginia.

The Michigan Difference

One degree, many paths
Diversity of career paths leads many students to the College of Pharmacy. Since graduating in 1976 Mary Moy-Sandusky has worked in hospitals, retail, consulting and government services. In 2011, Gov. Rick Snyder appointed her to the Michigan Board of Pharmacy. She also runs a pharmacy consulting business and speaks to future U-M pharmacy grads about their career options.