Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Real estate developer and U-M alumnus Stephen M. Ross greets students who turned out Wednesday morning to help thank him for his record-setting $200 million gift, which will be divided evenly between the Ross School of Business and Athletics. View more photos of the announcement festivities, as well as a videos of the celebratory day and a discussion with Ross and President Mary Sue Coleman. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography)

Bentley collections' growth draws researchers, donors
Letters from F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Gen. George Armstrong Custer and John Dillinger join U-M's 1817 original charter and the papers of Detroit auto magnates in the Bentley Historical Library's collections, which continue to grow, setting in motion a curious dynamic: More historical collections draw more researchers, which in turn draw more donated collections.

U-M to accelerate advanced transportation technologies with new program
A new program at U-M will award funds for researchers to accelerate advanced transportation technologies. Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization is modeled after U-M's successful Coulter biomedical program and is jointly funded by the university and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. for a $330,000 pilot.

Ibáñez receives prestigious NSF early-career award for forest study
Inés Ibáñez, assistant professor of natural resources and environment, and ecology and evolutionary biology, has received a $750,000 award from the National Science Foundation to study forest dynamics under global change. She is one of 500 scientists recognized through the NSF's Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program.

Football legend Desmond Howard supports new 'Stay in the Blue' mobile app
Desmond Howard once again is voicing his support for the university's "Stay in the Blue" program. This time the Heisman Trophy winner and Super Bowl MVP is urging all students to download a mobile application that estimates an individual's blood-alcohol content.

The Michigan Difference

Safe water for Mexico
Two School of Nursing graduates were part of a water purification effort to help residents in high flood-risk areas of Mexico. Denise Soulliere and Angela Wan were part of the 2013 Clean Water Team that also included three U-M medical students and three cadets from the U.S. Military Academy. The project, part of the Eleanor Josaitis Global Initiative at Focus: Hope, focused on how the P&G Purifier of Water product could be incorporated into emergency relief protocols.