Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Bisphenol A — or BPA for short — is one of the more contentious chemicals as companies that make and use it claim the substance is safe, if used sensibly, but others aren't so sure. This video in the Risk Bites series explains what BPA is, and where it is used. Read more about U-M research into BPA exposure in fetal livers.

MCubed to fund 150 more research projects by holiday break
The MCubed research-funding program will give out another 150 seed grants by the end of the year. New project ideas are being accepted until Dec. 17. Researchers whose projects weren't picked in the first-round lottery must re-request funding. The program recently approved its first 50 seed grants for interdisciplinary projects.

Teams from SNRE, Erb Institute win sustainability challenge at U-M
Energy efficiency and water purification projects earned top U-M honors in the 2012 Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award. Teams from the School of Natural Resources and Environment and the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise won the first and second prizes, respectively.

Coleman to meet with UM-Flint leaders as part of chancellor's review
President Mary Sue Coleman will visit the UM-Flint campus today as part of a reappointment review of Chancellor Ruth Person, whose current five-year term ends Aug. 17, 2013. Coleman will meet with faculty, staff, student and alumni leaders.

CRIME ALERT CANCELED: Attempted home invasion
Nov. 12, 1900 block of McIntyre; no crime committed.

The Michigan Difference

Saving Detroit neighborhoods from blight
Margaret Dewar, professor of urban planning, is leading an effort to help government and philanthropic programs head off neighborhood blight in Detroit. With support from the Center for Advancing Research and Solutions for Society, Dewar and U-M urban planning colleagues Lan Deng and June Thomas will evaluate revitalization efforts in two Detroit neighborhoods.