U-M students pose for a photo while participating in a tree-hugging flash mob in the Diag. The impromptu exercise, which took place at 1 p.m. April 21, drew a large crowd of tree lovers on the eve of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. The event was sponsored by Environmental Action (EnAct), the oldest environmental organization at U-M. Photo by Paul Jaronski.
The university has several important messages for students, parents and other guests attending the May 1 commencement featuring President Barack Obama: Arrive early, allow plenty of time for parking, and don’t bring purses, bags or other personal items to Michigan Stadium.
Each year, student Move-Out presents a shining moment in the university's waste recycling program. Last year, students leaving for summer recycled 19.4 tons of paper, almost 6 tons of containers and 66.8 tons of refuse. Additionally, the program collected more than 10.2 tons of items for donation.
Heating and squishing microalgae in a pressure-cooker can fast-forward the crude-oil-making process from millennia to minutes. U-M professors are working to understand and improve this procedure in an effort to speed up development of affordable biofuels that could replace fossil fuels and power today’s engines.
Patients should be wary of claims made by the operators of stem cell clinics outside the United States who offer unproven and potentially dangerous disease treatments, U-M researcher Sean Morrison said during a segment of the CBS program “60 Minutes” that aired last week.
Six faculty members dedicated to developing cultural and ethnic diversity at U-M have received the 2010 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award from the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Affairs. The recipients are Robin Means Coleman, LSA; Carol Fierke, LSA; Elijah Kannatey-Asibu, College of Engineering; Guy Meadows, CoE; Robert Sellers, LSA; and Louis Yen, School of Kinesiology.
The popular DoGood iPhone application developed by U-M students last year has been acquired by Tonic, a digital media company whose mission is to promote the good that happens around the world each day.
Michigan’s University Research Corridor presidents are so committed to working together to transform the state’s economy that they are improving external relationships at all levels and changing their cultures, URC Executive Director Jeff Mason told a state House panel in Lansing last week.
Bonnie Miljour, senior scientific illustrator, Museum of Paleontology, on her love of watercolors: “The very first time that I handled the medium I knew I loved it.”
U-M commuter vanpools, which have grown by 14 percent in the last year, could sprout more users this spring and in coming months as ride sharing opportunities expand with GreenRide Connect.