Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, October 3, 2013

On football Saturdays, while fans in Michigan Stadium are watching the game, David Wright watches the weather. As one of two stadium weather forecasters, Wright sits in the press box and studies radar data with a trained eye for approaching storms, lightning, high winds or even winter weather. Read more about the Big House weather forecasters.

University rises in latest Times Higher Education world rankings
U-M ranks as the world’s 18th top institution, according to Times Higher Education, moving up two spots from last year. The annual list ranks the top 400 universities worldwide and is based on 13 performance indicators.

2013 Neubacher Award will go to Depression Center director Greden
The university's Council for Disability Concerns has announced that Dr. John F. Greden, founding executive director of the Comprehensive Depression Center, will receive the 2013 James T. Neubacher Award in recognition of his contributions to help persons with disabilities.
• The U-M Council for Disability Concerns' annual Investing in Ability series begins Oct. 21.

Two faculty members receive NIH New Innovator Awards
Sara Aton, assistant professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology, and Sivaraj Sivaramakrishnan, assistant professor of cell and developmental biology and biomedical engineering, are among 41 scientists nationwide to receive the National Institutes of Health's New Innovator Award.

New U-M online sustainability journal aims to appeal to broad audience
A team of doctoral fellows from the Graham Sustainability Institute has launched the Michigan Journal of Sustainability — an online, open-access periodical designed to make academic sustainability research easier to understand and use.

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.