Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, May 17, 2013

We've become accustomed to walking into public buildings and accessing WiFi for free, but how likely is the ability to access wireless signals no matter where we are? In this video, Atul Prakash, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, discusses the feasibility of this idea, and if the future of wireless technology includes a free public WiFi network across the entire United States.

Henry Russel lecturer, awardees named
Fawwaz Ulaby, known nationally and internationally for his accomplishments in applied electromagnetics, is the Henry Russel Lecturer for 2014 — one of U-M's highest honors for a senior member of its active faculty. Also announced Thursday were the 2014 Henry Russel Award recipients Dragan Huterer, Scott Lyons and Thomas Wenisch.

James Hilton will return to U-M as dean of libraries
James L. Hilton, a professor and higher education administrator nationally recognized as an advocate for collaboration between academics and technology, will return to the campus where he began his academic career, as U-M's dean of libraries and university librarian. The Board of Regents approved his appointment Thursday.

University sets employee parking permit rates for next four years
Annual rates for all employee parking permits will remain the same for fiscal year 2014, which begins July 1. In FY 2015 and 2016, gold permit rates will increase 4.5 percent and blue permit rates will increase 2.5 percent. There will be no increase in rates for yellow and orange permits in those years. All parking permits will increase 3 percent in FY 2017.

Regents approve facility projects for field hockey, baseball, softball programs
The Board of Regents approved two athletic projects during its monthly meeting Thursday. Regents approved a new field hockey stadium and team center and Phyllis Ocker Field upgrades, as well as the installation of new synthetic turf on the baseball and softball fields.
In other action, regents also approved improvement projects at several U-M facilities.

The Michigan Difference

'A creation of my own'
Henry Philip Tappan believed deeply in creating a place where professors spread existing knowledge by teaching and, by deep study and research, also made new knowledge. He envisioned a new observatory for the fledgling Ann Arbor campus that would signal Michigan’s serious intentions. One man, however, was determined to bring down Tappan and his creation.
Throughout the spring, Michigan Difference is highlighting stories from the U-M Heritage Project website.