Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, October 14, 2013

The College of Engineering is pioneering an Internet system that enables researchers to interconnect and test physical and virtual prototypes, in real time, no matter where in the world those prototypes might be. In this video, Tulga Ersal, an assistant research scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, explains how the system could make it possible for researchers to test an entire multi-component system — such as a car — no matter where in the world those components might be.

Six to receive honorary degrees at Winter Commencement
A National Public Radio journalist, a nonprofits expert and former university president, a pioneer who helped shape the field of pharmaceutics, a former U.S. surgeon general, a current university president, and a prominent supporter of a U-M writing program are to receive honorary degrees during Winter Commencement 2013 at the Ann Arbor and Flint campuses.

University launches back-pain information website for employees
Based on health questionnaire data, back pain is one of the top health risks for U-M faculty and staff members, with nearly 24 percent being at high risk for back pain in 2012. MHealthy and the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation — Spine Program have launched an online educational resource focusing on how to care for the back and take control of back pain.

Math Professor Curtis Huntington dies after battle with cancer
Curtis E. Huntington, professor and associate chair of mathematics, died recently after a four-year battle with cancer. A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

The Michigan Difference

Malaria's lessons
In May 2012, Varsha Mathrani traveled to Uganda intending to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer. Within a week of arriving in the small town where she was to spend the next two years, she contracted malaria, forcing her to resign from the Peace Corps and return to the United States to recover. But while the disease took a physical toll on her body, Mathrani says it also taught her much. "I now know the feeling and can identify with others who face — and have faced — this disease," Mathrani writes in the current edition of the School of Public Health magazine, Findings.