Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Marianne Udow-Phillips (left), director of the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation, welcomes people to a panel discussion on health care reform lessons from Massachusetts’ experience and what may be ahead as the Affordable Care Act is implemented in Michigan. Looking on are Helen Levy, research associate professor at U-M, and Rob Fowler, president and CEO of Small Business Association of Michigan. (Photo by Robin Lipson)

U-M team wins top prize at Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge
A team of U-M graduate students won the $50,000 top prize Friday in the Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge for their unmanned-aerial-vehicle technology. SkySpecs LLC is developing small, robotic, four-propeller helicopters that could remotely gather inspection data from hard-to-reach or hazardous places in infrastructure such as bridges and wind turbines. The annual competition is designed to encourage student technologists from colleges and universities across Michigan to transform clean-tech ideas into viable ventures.

Improved long-term disability coverage on the horizon
More faculty and staff will be fully covered by U-M’s Expanded Long-Term Disability plan, and employees will see a shorter wait time for automatic enrollment when two key changes to the plan go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

U-M celebrates three Sloan Fellowships for research
Three U-M assistant professors are among the 126 early-career scientists and scholars from the United States and Canada selected as 2013 Alfred P. Sloan research fellows. The fellows, all from LSA, are Sara Aton, Gregory Dick and Stephen Maldonado.

Applicants sought for annual workshop to promote excellent practices
Team applications are being taken for the ADVANCE Strategies Toward Excellent Practices in Departments workshop, which trains teams of faculty to make positive changes in their academic units. The intensive three-day workshop draws on academic theory and data to examine obstacles to change and strategies to overcome them.

Search committee named for CASL dean at UM-Dearborn
Kate Davy, provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at UM-Dearborn, has announced the formation of a search committee for the dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters.

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.)