Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

For Major League Baseball teams, a new season of hope is under way. But whether they're a professional slugger or a Little League hopeful, every ballplayer who picks up a bat searches for the perfect swing. They might find help in a device developed by Noel Perkins, Donald T. Greenwood Collegiate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. This video illustrates how Perkins' device works and what it does.

New STEM scholarships provide critical help for Army cadets
A military science professor's effort to bring newly created STEM scholarships to U-M means some cadets can worry less about finances and focus more on their studies and ROTC. The effort undertaken by Lt. Col. Allana J. Bryant, chair of the Army Officer Education Program, has brought more than $1.5 million in three- and four-year scholarships to the U-M Army cadet corps so far.

Hybrid technology puts a new spin on race cars
The College of Engineering's MHybrid team is joining more than 20 other college teams to put a new spin on racing — combining the power of fast-paced cars with the innovations of hybrid technology. This month the team will unveil the vehicle that will participate in a multi-faceted competition of high-performance hybrid and electric vehicles.

Record-breaking 2011 Lake Erie algae bloom may be sign of things to come
The largest harmful algae bloom in Lake Erie's recorded history likely was caused by the confluence of changing farming practices and weather conditions that are expected to become more common in the future due to climate change. Rather than an isolated, one-time occurrence, the 2011 algae bloom more likely was a harbinger of things to come, according to U-M researchers and colleagues from eight other institutions.

The Michigan Difference

The first women
U-M professors were divided on the move to coeducation. Some said women lacked the physical stamina and intellectual rigor for college; others — including several with ambitious daughters — were sure that women could compete. A look back at the university’s early female students reveals what life was like for a generation of pioneers. (Throughout the spring, Michigan Difference will regularly highlight stories from the U-M Heritage Project website.)