Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sridhar Kota (standing), professor of mechanical engineering and director of the U-M Advanced Manufacturing Initiative, speaks during a recent event hosted by Microsoft in Washington, D.C. Kota, who recently served as assistant director of advanced manufacturing at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, stressed the importance of engineering in improving American innovation and competitiveness in manufacturing. (Photo by Louise Eich)

University launches post-consumer food composting pilot
Students, faculty and staff dining in the Michigan League can skip the trash cans and choose to compost food waste as part of a pilot program exploring post-consumer food composting on campus. The effort supports the university's goal to reduce waste sent to landfills by 40 percent.

U-M partners with community to promote global entrepreneurship
Fourteen Middle Eastern and North African entrepreneurs are at U-M to learn first-hand how to succeed in their fields, as part of a U.S. Department of State-sponsored program that partners university experts with southeastern Michigan community organizations. Participants hail from Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories and Tunisia.

Yale law dean to speak on academic freedom, creating new knowledge
The only way that scholars can fulfill the university's mission of creating new knowledge is through academic freedom, says Robert Post, the Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law and Yale Law School dean. Post will give the University Senate's 22nd annual Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom on Nov. 1.

Google Transit now available for all U-M bus routes
Parking & Transportation Services has partnered with Google Transit to make it easier than ever for campus commuters to plan trips using public transportation. Google Transit is a free, online public transportation-planning feature of Google Maps. It integrates transit stop, route and schedule information to make trip planning more efficient.

The Michigan Difference

Helping deaf students achieve their dreams
When Dr. Philip Zazove’s parents discovered he was deaf in 1955, they refused to accept a best-case scenario: special education classes and a non-skilled job to be “functional.” Instead, Zazove, professor and interim chair of family medicine, went to college and medical school, then became the third known deaf doctor in the country. Today, he and his family help high-achieving deaf students with college scholarships awarded through the Louise Tumarkin Zazove Foundation.