Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Dr. Mohamad Kyson, a resident in computerized dentistry at the School of Dentistry, learns how creating bubbles can help relieve stress at Tuesday’s MHealthy Play Day event at Ingalls Mall. Another Play Day for employees and students is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the University Hospital Courtyard. These events kick off Active U Autumn, for which registration continues through Oct. 1. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography)

Annual research volume at U-M rises 4.3 percent to $1.33 billion
The total volume of U-M research increased by 4.3 percent to a record $1.33 billion — an increase of $54.7 million — in fiscal year 2013. Federal sponsorship, which accounts for almost 62 percent of the total research volume at U-M, grew by 2.8 percent.

Research VP Stephen Forrest will return to faculty in January
Stephen R. Forrest, U-M's vice president for research since 2006, will return to the research and teaching he loves when he rejoins the College of Engineering faculty in January. President Mary Sue Coleman said she would soon recommend an interim leader for the university's research enterprise.

Regents approve schematic design for new graduate residence
Plans for the new Munger Graduate Residences took another step forward Thursday as the Board of Regents approved a schematic design for the eight-story building that will house more than 600 occupants.
• Regents also approved a $13.6 million renovation to the School of Education building, and an $11.4 million project to renovate the building housing the decommissioned Ford Nuclear Reactor.
In other action, regents approved changing the Division of Student Affairs to Student Life, renovations at UM-Dearborn, leasehold improvements and the sale of property in the Ann Arbor Technology Park.

U-M Hospitals and Health Centers among 50 greenest hospitals
The U-M Hospitals and Health Centers have been recognized by "Becker's Hospital Review" as one of the 50 greenest hospitals in America. The accolade is another example of UMHHC’s commitment to environmental preservation. Becker's selected hospitals that "put ecological health, green initiatives and environmental stewardship as foundational pieces of their mission."

Michigan Experts provides online tool highlighting research expertise
Michigan Experts is a faculty profiling and research networking web tool used to highlight the research expertise of more than 3,000 faculty members on campus. The database helps users find researchers with specific areas of expertise for collaboration or mentoring, and enables investigators at U-M to demonstrate their activities to the global research community.

REMINDER: Today is U-M's annual 'party for the planet'
The campus community continues its annual tradition of partying for the planet at EarthFest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today on the Diag.

The Michigan Difference

Math in Africa
A two-week summer school that was part of a mathematics conference in the African nation of Cameroon last spring helped share knowledge across the region. Co-sponsored by U-M and made possible largely through the efforts of Nkem Khumbah, lecturer of mathematics with the Comprehensive Studies Program, the biennial Buea International Conference on the Mathematical Sciences brought global experts to Africa, where they discussed their research with peers across the continent.