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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Members of the Solar Car Team sing "The Victors" during the unveiling of Generation at Detroit's Renaissance Center. Click the photo to view a slideshow. (Photo by Joseph Xu, College of Engineering)

New U-M solar car features sleek, asymmetrical design
The lopsided solar car named Generation, unveiled Tuesday, might be the oddest-looking vehicle U-M's top-ranked team has ever built. But the bold shape is a calculated effort to design the most efficient car possible, given major changes in World Solar Challenge race rules. Team members hope Generation can carry them to their first world victory this October when they compete in the weeklong, 1,800-mile race across Australia.

HathiTrust, Digital Public Library of America partner to expand access to content
The HathiTrust Digital Library will partner with the recently launched Digital Public Library of America to expand discovery and use of HathiTrust's public-domain and other openly available content. DPLA provides an online portal to freely available digital material held by libraries, archives, and museums across the United States.

M-marketsite online catalog sees strong growth, gets new user interface
Use of M-marketsite, the university community's online catalog for ordering everything from office supplies and furniture to computers and lab equipment, has grown significantly since it was introduced in 2003. Now the tool is getting a new interface, which streamlines navigation to make the process even easier and more efficient to use.

Impact on U-M inventors of Supreme Court ruling on genomic DNA
A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling about whether DNA can be patented is not expected to significantly impact research being conducted at U-M, according to licensing officials at the university's Office of Technology Transfer.

The Michigan Difference

Building sustainable community
Juli (LeSage) Kaufmann is an eco-entrepreneur and Stephen M. Ross School of Business alumna who doesn't always fit the image of a real estate developer. A self-described "contrarian," Kaufmann is changing the way people do business in Milwaukee. As the founder of Fix Development, she combines business savvy with a passion for social justice. She also founded Fund Milwaukee, which connects local investors with local entrepreneurs.