Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

From left, Rachel Brooner, a visiting research investigator; Xingyi Yang, a research fellow in chemical engineering; and James Suttil, a research fellow in chemistry, discuss results from a battery cell test in the Phoenix Memorial Laboratory. (Photo by Joseph Xu, College of Engineering)

'Open innovation' battery lab established at U-M with Ford, MEDC
A unique $8 million battery lab at U-M will enable industry and university researchers to collaborate on developing cheaper and longer lasting energy-storage devices in the heart of the U.S. auto industry. With support from the Michigan Economic Development Corp., Ford Motor Co. and the university, it will be housed at the U-M Energy Institute.

Landmark U-M effort measures sustainability culture on campus
Most U-M faculty, students and staff say they are committed to sustainability, but new survey results indicate significant room for improvement in sustainability behaviors, awareness, engagement and accountability. The survey findings are part of a U-M report that also provides a set of indicators for measuring and assessing changes and progress.

School of Kinesiology launches new health and fitness major
U-M undergraduates interested in the School of Kinesiology can now choose a health and fitness major, new this year and highly relevant in this age of health, wellness and physical activity. The major encompasses two tracks of study: health and fitness leadership, and physical education with teacher certification.

Campus community can register electronics during Techno Tuesdays
Students, faculty and staff can register their laptops and other electronics in person with the U-M Police on Techno Tuesdays in October. The first such event is today from 9 a.m. to 3 Haven Hall. Other Techno Tuesdays will be Oct. 22 and 29.

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.