Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, July 8, 2013

The Fourth of July holiday will see many people firing up their 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.

Two new cafés coming to Michigan Union
University Unions has announced that two new cafés will come to the Michigan Union this fall, further expanding the variety of food offerings in the heart of Central Campus. Au Bon Pain, a café and bakery, will move into the first floor space where the University Club now operates, and Starbucks will locate on the first floor in the space traditionally used as a coffee cafe.

Updated U-M website will emphasize improved functionality and design
The main U-M website — — will get a significant makeover later this summer to give the university a modern look with best-in-class navigation on a platform that adjusts automatically for any type of digital device.

CoE professors Kickstarting CubeSats into deep space
Two Michigan Engineering professors are forging new ground, turning to the Kickstarter online community to help fund an interplanetary satellite mission. The pair are teaming up to create two new technologies in a matter of months, with the goal of using a plasma thruster to push a CubeSat out into deep space – something which has never been done before.

U-M will evacuate students from program in Cairo, Egypt
A group of U-M students studying in Egypt this summer will be heading home Thursday after university officials decided Wednesday to evacuate them from Cairo. The students will be escorted from the American University in Cairo residence hall, where they have been staying, to the Cairo airport and flown to a location outside Egypt. From there the students will be flown home. Classes for the group were canceled earlier this week and the students have been kept separated from protests in the Egyptian capital city.

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.

VIDEO: Peregrine falcons returned to University Hospital nest
Two peregrine falcon chicks recently were reunited with their parents in a nest on the roof of University Hospital. The male falcons had been in the care of the Michigan Department of National Resources after attempting to fly a little too soon. Watch a video of the birds' reunion with their family.

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 in Washtenaw County and beyond, while also describing new efforts.

University organizes event to share used office supplies
Staff, faculty and local nonprofits are invited to browse gently used office supplies for free at an event hosted by U-M Waste Management Services, July 17-18. The first-ever event promotes sustainability through the reuse of common office supplies, from file folders, binders and staplers to pens, pencils and highlighters.

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 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.

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."