Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Sunday, August 4, 2013

LSA student Michael Sullivant, who interned this summer at the Life Sciences Institute working on brand management and developing strategic plans for the annual fund campaign, talks with Michelle Davis, a major gifts officer at LSI, during the Development Summer Internship Program Project Showcase. The Aug. 2 showcase at the Alumni Center gave students a chance to present the results of their three-month internships around the Ann Arbor and U-M development communities. (Photo by Martin Vloet, Michigan Photography)

Tech Transfer's Venture Center hires new director
Jack Miner, an experienced entrepreneur, venture creation expert and economic development specialist, has been named director of the Venture Center at U-M Tech Transfer.

Coleman joins university leaders urging Washington to close 'innovation deficit'
Deeply concerned about major federal budget cuts to research and higher education, President Mary Sue Coleman has joined 163 other university presidents and chancellors in calling on leaders in Washington, D.C., to close what they call the "innovation deficit."

Energy Institute announces funding for sustainable energy research
The Energy Institute is seeking applications for a new round of Partnerships for Innovation in Sustainable Energy Technologies funding. The program seeds new interdisciplinary research programs in sustainable energy science, technology, and policy with funding for a U-M Sustainable Energy Research Fellowship.

Clements Library undergoing two-year transformation; archives to move off-site
Like the historically significant items it houses, the William L. Clements Library will undergo historical preservation. The library is closed for a two-year renovation and expansion. Many of the library's books, manuscripts, artwork and other historical items will be stored and available to scholars and students at an alternative site, 1580 Ellsworth Road.

Last call for MCubed seed funding; an early success story
Twelve more research teams could receive $60,000 to jumpstart early-stage projects. All they have to do is ask for it. MCubed, the university's one-of-a-kind seed grant program, has launched 213 interdisciplinary pilot projects since it began last year and will cap off at 225 projects. It ends its final funding phase on Aug. 31.
A team of U-M researchers has been awarded a $2 million federal grant to identify and test groups of green algae to create a system for producing next-generation biofuels. The project was aided by a $60,000 grant from MCubed.

Advisory committee named for re-opened LSA dean search
Provost Martha Pollack has named a search advisory committee for the dean of LSA. Peggy McCracken, professor of French, women’s studies and comparative literature, and associate chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literature, will chair the committee.

Statement from President Coleman addresses death of medical student
President Mary Sue Coleman has issued a statement regarding the death of Paul DeWolf, a student at the Medical School. DeWolf, 25, was found dead July 24 in his apartment at the Phi Rho Sigma medical fraternity in the 200 block of North Ingalls Street. The Ann Arbor Police Department is investigating the case as a homicide.
Full statement from President Coleman
Statement from the Medical School
• U-M Police Department Crime Alert

Residents, officials discuss U-M request to close South Main Street
A university request to temporarily close South Main Street between Pauline and Stadium boulevards before and during the seven home football games of the 2013 season could go before the Ann Arbor City Council at its meeting Monday. A community meeting July 24 drew nearly 40 people, many of whom voiced their opposition.

CRIME ALERT: Armed robbery
July 26, West Hall arch

The Michigan Difference

Glacier chaser
Sarah Aciego doesn't anticipate that her upcoming trip to Greenland will be as dangerous as her fieldwork in Antarctica, where finding shelter within seconds during a sudden storm meant the difference between life and death. But the assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences knows this trip could be just as important as her Antarctic fieldwork — if not more. Her new method of studying glacial meltwater will yield data that hasn't been accessible to scientists before, and will help paint a more detailed picture of climate change.