Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Faculty, staff, students and members of the community gather at the Space Research Building to watch the landing of the Mars rover Curiosity, which occurred at 1:32 a.m. EDT Monday. College of Engineering scientists, engineers, students and alumni have roles in this historic mission, which will search for evidence that Mars is or ever was capable of supporting microbial life. Read more about the landing and watch a video of the tense final moments before those at U-M learn of the mission's success. (Photo by Laura Rudich, College of Engineering)

University featured on Chronicle's 2012 best workplaces list
U-M has been named one of the best university workplaces in the U.S. for the fifth consecutive year, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education's 2012 Great Colleges to Work For. The university was listed in nine of 12 categories, and also was named a 2012 Honor Roll school.

U-M chosen as one of handful of CDC injury centers
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has selected U-M to become one of its Injury Control Research Centers, a rare designation held by only 10 other institutions. With a five-year, $4.2 million grant from the CDC, U-M researchers will expand their already strong effort to prevent death, disability and other leading causes of injury in the region.

New program to create transformational hub for cancer research at U-M
The Comprehensive Cancer Center is harnessing its expertise in basic science research to speed the translation into clinical trials and new treatment opportunities for cancer patients. A new Translational Oncology Program will open at the North Campus Research Complex, bringing together cancer researchers from across the campus.

Social networking startup brings resumes to life for college students
Seelio, a new career-focused social networking website co-founded by a U-M entrepreneurship instructor, is a first-of-its-kind platform for college students and recent graduates to showcase their work and connect directly with hiring companies. Portfolios on the site available to anyone with a ".edu" email address.

Remembering Paul W. McCracken, professor emeritus and presidential adviser
Professor Emeritus Paul W. McCracken, who helped shape U.S. economic policy in Washington, D.C., and the minds of business students at U-M, died Friday at the age of 96. He served as adviser in various capacities to several U.S. presidents most prominently as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers for President Richard Nixon.

U-M to recognize three Wisterts as Michigan Football Legends
The Athletic Department will recognize three additional former football greats — tackles Francis, Albert and Alvin Wistert — with the "Michigan Football Legend" distinction during the 2012 season. The No. 11 jersey, worn by all three Wisterts, will return as a "Michigan Football Legend" number this fall.

Maize & Blue go for the gold at 2012 Olympics
More than two dozen current or former Wolverine athletes and coaches are scheduled to participate in the 2012 Olympics, now ongoing in London. Follow their progress at and on Twitter, and learn more about U-M Olympians past and present.

Department of Public Safety re-accredited by CALEA
The U-M Department of Public Safety was awarded law enforcement re-accreditation, as of today (Aug. 1), by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Interim Executive Director Joe Piersante has announced. To achieve the recognition, the department had to show compliance with several hundred professional standards measured by the commission.

On-road auto safety test gearing up for launch
Researchers at the U-M Transportation Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Transportation have set Aug. 21 as the launch date for a year-long test being conducted in Ann Arbor of a wireless communications system designed to improve vehicle safety.

Dynarski to Congress: College tax credits should work like a grant
Testifying Wednesday before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, Susan M. Dynarski, professor of education and public policy, advocated for a simplification of the financial aid process that would allow families to better understand exactly how much the federal government can help pay to send their child to college. 

UMHS linked to New Hampshire hepatitis C investigation
The Michigan Department of Community Health has been investigating the employment history of a hepatitis C-positive health care worker who recently was arrested in New Hampshire for allegedly obtaining injectable narcotics at hospitals there, and infecting patients with the hepatitis C virus through used syringes. An internal review requested by MDCH shows that the individual worked at the U-M Health System for three months in 2006 as an interventional radiologic technologist; he did not have responsibility for administering medication to patients.

UM-Dearborn set to launch master’s degree in ed tech
The UM-Dearborn School of Education will launch a new master’s degree in educational technology beginning this fall. The Master of Arts in Educational Technology, which can be completed fully online, is designed to support educators as they meet the growing demands of technology-driven students.

Peregrine falcons atop UM-Flint building are named and banded
After an unsuccessful attempt at raising a family on top of the Mott Foundation Building in downtown Flint earlier this year, peregrine falcons Majesty and Barry moved back to Northbank Center on the UM-Flint campus where three of four eggs successfully hatched in June.

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Scaling Mount Kilimanjaro
Gary Was, Walter J. Weber Jr. Professor of Sustainable Energy, Environmental and Earth Systems Engineering, and professor of nuclear engineering and radiological sciences, and materials science and engineering, has reached another accomplishment in life — the summit of Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro. Was completed the trek on July 2, accompanied by his sons Alex and Adam. The trip to the summit was part of a seven-day hike. “We started at about 6,000 feet in a rain forest and ended at the summit at 19,341 feet in what was probably 20-degree Fahrenheit temperatures and a pretty stiff wind,” Was said.