Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, September 27, 2013

Members of the U-M Solar Car team cool the car's solar cells during a practice race in Australia earlier this month. The team is preparing for the weeklong Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, which begins Oct. 6 (Oct. 5 in the U.S.) and pits U-M against 25 teams from around globe in a 1,800-mile trek across the Australian outback. Read more about the race and U-M's 2013 vehicle, Generation. (Photo by Pavan Naik, Solar Car Team)

Diversity among topics at forums to gather input for presidential search
The university's next president should further boost diversity and make sure legislators know that more support for U-M will help the state compete in the global economy. Those were among themes repeated in comments from among nearly 100 faculty and staff attending a noon forum Thursday. Affordability and access were the focus of a session for students Thursday evening.

UM-Dearborn enrollment tops 9,000 students for second consecutive year
For the second consecutive year — and the third time in its 53-year history — UM-Dearborn announced an enrollment of more than 9,000 students. Growth among new freshmen as well as new graduate students contributed to an overall enrollment of 9,003 students.

Mimicking nuclear reactor damage is goal of $5 million grant
A new $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will enable U-M engineering researchers to advance the understanding of how radiation damages nuclear reactor components. The work could enable engineers to predict when and how components in nuclear power reactors will wear out.

Deadline extended for Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award nominees
The nomination deadline for the Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award has been extended through Oct. 9. The award recognizes individual staff members and teams that have demonstrated extraordinary commitment and dedication to diversity at U-M.

The Michigan Difference

A break from prison life
Lora Lempert's workday is far from over when she exits the UM-Dearborn parking lot. The professor of sociology often heads west to the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti. There she welcomes a new crop of students, incarcerated women who are part of the Women’s College Program. For them, the program is an opportunity to briefly escape from prison life.