Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

After the devastating tornado that struck Oklahoma on Monday, James Wight, professor of civil and environmental engineering, discusses how a tornado causes damage to structures and what might be done to prevent casualties in future events.

U-M Water Center awards $570K in Great Lakes restoration grants
The U-M Water Center has awarded 12 research grants, totaling nearly $570,000, to support Great Lakes restoration and protection efforts. The grants of up to $50,000 will support diverse projects from multidisciplinary teams led by researchers at universities across the Great Lakes region and beyond.

Wolverine Access service interruption set for May 30-June 3
Some Wolverine Access administrative services will be unavailable from 5 p.m. May 30 through 7 a.m. June 3, due to a system update to ensure continued vendor support and to enable some database and reporting environment changes that will reduce overall cost of the systems.

Coping with the death of a co-worker
As part of Grief Awareness Week, the U-M Health System Employee Assistance Program offers some suggestions for dealing with the death of a co-worker, with the goal of inspiring compassionate and effective responses to grief among employees.

The Michigan Difference

Nature's calling
Through various presentations and exercises, blind or visually impaired youths and young adults learned to identify and enjoy Michigan birds by sound rather than sight recently at UM-Dearborn. The Celebrate Urban Birds event, organized by student Donna Posont, brought students to the campus' Environmental Interpretive Center in April to build birdfeeders, learn how to capture and band birds, and compare avian skulls and bones.