Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Wildfires strike the U.S. every year, threatening homes, businesses and lives. Fire brands can travel long distances and ignite structures at random — even from up to a mile away. In this video, Ann Jeffers, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, discusses her research into fires and how homeowners can protect their homes.

U-M hospital care best in Michigan, among the best in the nation, U.S. News ranking says
The U-M Hospitals and Health Centers offer the best care in Michigan and are among the nation’s best in 12 specialty areas, according to a new ranking from U.S. News & World Report. This is the second year in a row that U-M has topped the statewide ranking, and the third that it also has topped the Metro Detroit ranking.

Provost proposes clearer, simpler guidelines for granting in-state tuition
The Board of Regents will consider changes in the guidelines for how students can qualify for in-state tuition during its meeting Thursday. The proposed guidelines will make the process more transparent and easier to understand, says Provost Martha Pollack, who is recommending the changes. "We believe these changes create a clearer path to in-state tuition for several groups of future students, including military veterans and undocumented students who have made Michigan their home," Pollack says.

Accountable care organization shows Medicare cost savings
Continuing its leadership in the population health movement, the Medical School’s Faculty Group Practice reports cost savings for the Medicare program in 2012 from its Pioneer accountable care organization, and is announcing plans for a change intended to bring even more success.

Student-filmmakers present new films at Traverse City Film Festival
In the days leading up to this year’s Traverse City Film Festival, U-M student-filmmakers are putting the finishing touches on two of their films to premiere at the weeklong international film-lover gathering along the shores of Grand Traverse Bay. The ninth annual festival will be July 30-August 4.

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.

Advisory committee appointed for UM-Flint chancellor search
President Mary Sue Coleman has appointed an advisory committee to assist with the search for Ruth Person's successor as chancellor of UM-Flint. The search process will begin early this fall.

Art Fair returns to downtown Ann Arbor July 17-20
More than 1,000 artists and a half million art lovers are expected to converge on campus and downtown streets for the 54th annual Ann Arbor Art Fair. The event, from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. July 17-19 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 20, will take over Central Campus streets and Liberty and Main streets downtown.

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.

University Record focus groups have been filled
Thank you to all who volunteered to participate in the University Record focus groups that begin today (July 10). The response has been overwhelming. All of our focus groups are filled. Please do not attend unless you have received a follow-up email from Rick Fitzgerald, associate director of public affairs and internal communications. Please do tell us what you think once the changes are implemented this fall.

The Michigan Difference

Madonna slept here
Today's dorm rooms and student rentals were yesterday's homes for a variety of notable alumni, including James Earl Jones, Arthur Miller, Gilda Radner, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and many more. Take this tour of campus housing to see who lived where before achieving fame.
The Record Update's Michigan Difference feature is occasionally highlight stories from the U-M Heritage Project website.