Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Bruce Belzowski, assistant research scientist at the U-M Transportation Research Institute, explains the appeal of diesel engines at the 2013 North American International Auto Show running through this weekend in Detroit.

R&D spending growth for URC surpasses other leading research clusters
Michigan's University Research Corridor generated $15.5 billion in statewide economic impact, exceeded $2 billion in annual research expenditures, and awarded more than 31,600 degrees in one year, placing it at or near the top of seven U.S. university innovation clusters, a new Economic Impact Report says.

Finance professor appointed special counsel for digital education
To make sure the university is thinking strategically about educational technologies such as online education, a longtime faculty member has been appointed as special counsel for digital education initiatives. Gautam Kaul, the John C. and Sally S. Morley Professor of Finance, was appointed to the half-time position in the Office of the Provost this week.

Chancellor outlines decade of growth at UM-Flint; plans to step down in 2014
Chancellor Ruth Person reviewed a decade of great progress on the UM-Flint campus, and outlined a vision for the future in a "state of the university" speech Wednesday. She concluded her address with an announcement that she would step down in 2014, after a one-year extension of her five-year term as chancellor.

Jerome Johnston directs ISR Research Center for Group Dynamics
Jerome Johnston has been appointed director of the Research Center for Group Dynamics, part of the Institute for Social Research. He began his three-year term on Jan. 1, succeeding L. Rowell Huesmann, who returns to his role as an ISR research professor.

The Michigan Difference

SET to Make a Difference
On a 2011 trip to Togo with the Canadian nonprofit Sleeping Children Around the World, U-M alumnus Don Barclay visited 10 remote villages to deliver bed kits. Along the way, he became aware of the poor condition of rural schools. Barclay, his brother Bob, and two other volunteers conceived and launched an education-focused nonprofit — Support.Education.Togo. — with $40,000 of their own money.