Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Two comets will swing around the sun in 2013, allowing for rare naked-eye appearances by the elusive balls of rock and ice. But 2014 and 2015 will be the real exciting years for space enthusiasts as the Rosetta spacecraft is set to land a probe on a comet for a first ever up-close inspection. Mike Combi, distinguished research professor in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, helped develop two devices on the spacecraft, and in this video he discusses the project that scientists hope may provide hints about the origin of the solar system.

AAAS selects Phil Hanlon, David Cohen in 2013 class of fellows
Provost Phil Hanlon and David Cohen, the John Dewey Collegiate Professor of Education, have been named fellows in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a prestigious society that recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in scholarly and professional fields.

Nominations sought for union representative on police oversight panel
Nominations are being sought for candidates in the election to fill the union representative staff position on the university’s Police Department Oversight Committee. The deadline for nominations is May 10, and the election will run from June 10-21.

New online program trains research managers for academic, industry settings
The School of Nursing is offering a four-course online program to prepare college graduates of any age to become research study managers in both academic and industry settings.

The Michigan Difference

Weaving an energy solution
The Woven Wind team, a multidisciplinary group of students from U-M, has been recognized internationally for its efforts to utilize traditional local skills and materials for creating wind power in a small mountain village in Guatemala. The team won first place in the Smarter Planet Challenge for developing a wind turbine with blades made of woven material.