Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Nearly 500 Information and Technology Services staff members participated in Connection Points, an event hosted last week by Laura Patterson, chief information officer and head of ITS. She and other ITS leaders discussed the future of IT at U-M in the context of NextGen Michigan, the multiyear strategy to deliver the next-generation technologies. The campus community will have a similar opportunity to hear the latest about the university's IT strategic planning process during a campuswide town hall from 9 a.m.-noon March 18 in the Michigan League Ballroom. (Photo by Joel Iverson)

Student technologists compete in statewide energy venture challenge
Seven U-M teams are among the green-energy startups that will compete this week for more than $100,000 in prizes at the Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge. Now in its fifth year, the competition encourages student technologists from colleges and universities across Michigan to transform clean tech ideas into viable ventures.

Q&A with the managing director of the Medical Innovation Center
As managing director of the U-M Medical Innovation Center, Scott Olson nurtures innovations on their way through the university and into the world. In an interview with the University Research Corridor newsletter, Olson discusses the process for helping engineers and scientists collaborate across campus and see solutions in new ways.

First MHacks believed to be largest student hackathon ever
MHacks, an inaugural event that brought more than 500 students from the United States and Canada to U-M recently, is believed to be the largest student-run computer science hackathon ever. Read about the 36-hour non-stop event and view photos and video of participants working on their creations.

The Michigan Difference

'Our brilliant Miss Sheldon'
Through letters and journals, Mary Sheldon chronicled the highs and lows of being one of the first women students at U-M. She helped form the first club for women students, resolved to become a scientist, and celebrated her new life of deep thinking and exploration, — all in an era when coeducation was deemed a “dangerous experiment.” (For the next few months, Michigan Difference will regularly highlight stories from the new Heritage Project website.)