Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

This video about the CentriCycle, a manual centrifuge that can help diagnose common blood diseases in remote locations without access to electricity, is part of a new College of Engineering digital multimedia experience that explains why the search for sustainable solutions is about more than just being eco-friendly.

Immediate impact of federal government shutdown minimal at University of Michigan
The only visible sign Tuesday of the federal government shutdown on the U-M campus was the closure of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library. A short-lived government shutdown will not have much impact on the university, but that could change if the situation lingers, university officials say.

New healthy beverage initiative planned for all UMHS locations
As part of its commitment to nutrition and healthy lifestyles, the U-M Health System will begin offering healthier beverages at its hospitals and health centers, administrative buildings and Medical School this fall. Starting in mid-November, UMHS no longer will sell regular soda and other sugary drinks in vending, cafeteria and patient care areas.

U-M awarded $1.4M for new center to improve transportation safety
The U-M Transportation Research Institute has received a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to establish a new Center for Advancing Transportation Leadership and Safety. It will be headed by UMTRI in partnership with the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University.

Applicants sought for President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Applications are being accepted through Nov. 1 for the third year of the U-M President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The fellowship supports exceptional scholars in several fields who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education and have the potential to become faculty members at U-M.

'Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report' now available
The 2013-14 edition of the U-M "Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report" is now available, and it includes crime statistics for the 2012 calendar year that appear to reflect new policies encouraging the reporting of sexual misconduct.
• Laptops and other electronics can be registered at an on-site registration session from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Duderstadt Center on North Campus. Devices also can be registered online.

The Michigan Difference

Fresh-food guru
Fiona Ruddy’s official title at Detroit’s Eastern Market is “Alternative Food Program Coordinator,” but in her view, there should be nothing “alternative” about the food distribution models that she oversees. A 2010 LSA graduate, she runs the Eastern Market Farm Stand Program, which serves 18 different locations around Detroit and its suburbs, bringing fresh produce directly to hospitals, office buildings, nonprofit organizations and neighborhood farmers markets.