Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Fourth of July holiday will see many of us firing up our grills. But what is the environmental impact of that barbecued dinner? In this video, Steven Skerlos, professor of mechanical engineering and civil and environmental engineering, explains how grilling affects air emissions, the carbon footprint, and the surprising impact on the environment of the food itself.

Taubman Institute names Taubman, Emerging scholars
Two clinician-scientists at U-M will receive three-year grants through the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute to pursue translational medical research to help patients with life-altering neurological disorders. Dr. Henry Paulson has been appointed a Taubman Scholar, and Dr. Brad Foerster was named a Taubman Emerging Scholar.

UMHS issues report on local community health needs, and plan to address them
A new report issued by the U-M Health System shows the most pressing health needs of the local community, and lays out a plan for UMHS to help address them through a broad range of local initiatives. The report captures many of the programs and services UMHS already offers Washtenaw County and beyond, while also describing new efforts.

The Materials Revolution: Investing in our future (or not)
Throughout history, technological revolutions have had their origins in the invention and use of new materials — from bronze to steel to silicon to liquid crystals. Universities have been at the leading edge of this materials revolution, but dysfunction in Congress is threatening that innovation, Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest writes in the latest post to his Research Views blog.

UM-Flint to open Geographic Information Systems Center
Besides providing valuable information to student and faculty researchers, the mapping and analytical capabilities at a new Geographic Information Systems Center under construction at UM-Flint could aid local and regional governments and private businesses in making important decisions.

Schroeder re-elected to fill Police Department Oversight Committee union staff seat
Matthew Schroeder, a registered nurse at U-M Hospital, has won re-election as the union staff representative to the Police Department Oversight Committee. Schroeder will begin a new two-year term on July 1.

U-M again improves rankings on college affordability lists
A newly released federal college affordability ranking shows U-M has — for the third straight year — one of the nation’s slowest rates of growth in net costs among the nation’s four-year public universities. U-M improved its college affordability rankings by dropping lower in three categories of the latest College Affordability and Transparency Lists.

MHealthy suggests people who sit for 60 should move for three
Many of us sit at work, sometimes for eight hours or more a day. Research suggests that sitting for long periods of time can contribute to higher risk for diabetes, obesity, heart attack and even cancer. MHealthy suggests that for every 60 minutes people sit (in meetings, at a computer, at home, etc.), they should move for at least three minutes.

Record Update's email edition will be sent weekly until fall semester
This will be the last daily email edition of the Record Update until Sept. 3. An email version will be sent to subscribers each Wednesday until the start of the fall semester. Breaking campus news will be added to the Record Update website as it happens.

The Michigan Difference

A summer of Shakespeare
Acting is not just something Janet Haley teaches — it's also what she does. Haley, assistant professor of theatre at UM-Flint, will return for her eighth season with the Michigan Shakespeare Festival in Jackson this summer. Haley, an associate artist with MSF since 2011, will be playing Olivia in "Twelfth Night," Constance in "King John," and the Barmaid in Oliver Goldsmith's "She Stoops to Conquer."