Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Participants in an Ecology Focus Group inspect a grasshopper they collected as part of a focus group in the summer program titled Women in Science and Engineering — Girls in Science and Engineering. The Ecology Focus Group, run by Annette Ostling, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and EEB graduate student Susanna Messinger, was one of several groups in the weeklong camp for middle school girls. Read more about the Ecology Focus Group, which included hands-on activities in the Ostling lab, at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, on the Diag, and at Nichols Arboretum. (Photo by Susanna Messinger)

U-M, Shanghai Jiao Tong University fund joint energy, biomedical projects
Six research teams from U-M and Shanghai Jiao Tong University have won a share of $1.16 million in funding for renewable energy and biomedical technology projects in the third year of a joint program that teams up investigators from both schools. "This kind of cross-cultural collaboration is central to our ability to develop realistic solutions," says Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest.

Governor signs bills that provide funding for higher education
Gov. Rick Snyder this week signed two pieces of legislation that provide vital funding to the state's 15 public universities: the state budget that provides an additional $36 million for state universities, including all three U-M campuses, and the capital outlay bill committing more than $300 million to higher education construction projects, including one on each U-M campus.

Ross takes executive education to new heights on Mount Kilimanjaro
The Stephen M. Ross School of Business Executive Education is offering a unique program to develop leaders with a climb up Africa's highest mountain — 19,000-foot Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. "We don't simply teach leadership. We design experiences for you to learn leadership," says Scott DeRue, NBD Bancorp Assistant Professor of Business Administration and assistant professor of management.

The Michigan Difference

Sharing lessons across the aisle
Anne Kaiser, Jim Townsend and Jon Gauthier come from different points on the political spectrum and practice politics in different states, but they share something in common — all are serving in or seeking elective office and each one relies on the lessons they learned at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Says Gauthier: "Ultimately, what the Ford School of Public Policy creates are leaders, whether they are policy analysts making recommendations or they are elected officials."