Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, August 16, 2013

Criminals are sending emails that look like they are from U-M, but actually are trying to trick you into revealing your password and other private information. This puts you and U-M at risk. Don't be fooled. Watch this four-minute video to learn more, or read a summary of how to protect yourself from these "phishing" scams. The U-M Police Department also has issued a Crime Alert regarding these incidents.

Image-processing 1,000 times faster is goal of new $5M contract
Loosely inspired by a biological brain's approach to making sense of visual information, a U-M researcher is leading a project to build alternative computer hardware that could process images and video 1,000 times faster with 10,000 times less power than today's systems—all without sacrificing accuracy. Associate Professor Wei Lu has been awarded an up-to-$5.7 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to work on the project.

Reducing computer viruses in health networks
Two engineering researchers from U-M are part of a national team that will work to improve the cybersecurity of the nation's health systems. Associate Professor Kevin Fu and Research Associate Professor Michael Bailey, both in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, are involved in the five-year Trustworthy Health and Wellness project that has received $10 million from the National Science Foundation.

East Quad renovation sparks excitement, anticipation among RC faculty
Residential College faculty getting their first look at the East Quad renovation project being completed this summer say that, generally, the upgrades will inspire faculty and students and spark collaboration. East Quad is the latest of several U-M residence halls to undergo comprehensive renovation.

Long-term disability plan part of Open Enrollment for 2014 benefits
Faculty and staff who want to enroll in the Expanded Long-Term Disability plan or increase their coverage level can do so during this year's Open Enrollment — Oct. 28-Nov. 8 —  without having to provide a health statement of insurability.

Video collection part of a new look at how to evaluate teachers
One of the most extensive collections of videos showing teachers at work in the classroom will be available this fall at U-M to help researchers learn more about how to evaluate good teaching and how to develop excellent teachers. The videos are a crucial piece of the Measures of Effective Teaching project, a multiyear study to determine how to identify and advance strong teaching.

New interactive map aids regional climate change adaptation planning
A jointly developed interactive map launched this month by the Graham Sustainability Institute and Headwaters Economics gives Great Lakes policymakers and decision-makers easy access to targeted data to help them plan for, and adapt to, the regional impacts of climate change.

UM-Dearborn adds major in African and African-American studies
UM-Dearborn will begin offering a major in African and African-American studies this fall. Students gathered more than 400 signatures in support of the program, which was proposed by Gloria House, professor of humanities and African and African-American studies.

Water Center research scientists lead innovative course on Lake Michigan
A new Field Methods in Great Lakes Oceanography course co-taught by three U-M Water Center research scientists is fulfilling a fundamental goal of the center to actively engage students in learning about the Great Lakes.

The Michigan Difference

Life-changing bridge
Members of the Bridges to Prosperity team at U-M built a suspended pedestrian bridge in the village of Palca in central Bolivia. The bridge will serve approximately 250 families, helping children arrive safely to school and giving the community better access to their farm fields, markets and medical care.