Members of U-M's solar car team Quantum were in Ann Arbor July 16 on a scheduled stop during the American Solar Challenge; U-M is seeking its fourth consecutive title in the race. President Mary Sue Coleman also came out to greet the team. For more, check out the Solar Car Team's blog (tinyurl.com/7n4ebeo), and a video (tinyurl.com/cr9fkzs) of the team arriving in Ann Arbor. The race ended Saturday in Minneapolis. Photo by Joseph Xu, College of Engineering.
Since 1900, more than 200 Michigan students and coaches have participated in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, representing the U.S. and 23 other countries. As the Olympics return to London this summer, 26 current or former athletes and their coaches will be on hand for the competition.
In a move designed to fast-track more research from the lab to the real world, U-M was named one of two new nodes of the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps program, NSF officials announced July 18 at an I-Corps anniversary celebration in Washington, D.C.
U-M should mark its first 200 years with wide-ranging events, activities and initiatives that “celebrate our past, reflect on our present, and contemplate the exciting challenges that will likely redefine higher education during the university’s third century,” according to a report issued by the Bicentennial Planning Committee.
For the sixth consecutive year, U-M received a record number of applications from prospective freshmen: 42,535 applications for academic year 2012–13, an increase of 7.5 percent over the previous year’s record of 39,570.
Mobile technology tools like cell phones will be governed by a new universitywide policy that will take effect Jan. 1, 2013. Units may implement the policy anytime between now and the end of the calendar year.
New prescription drug plan ID cards will be issued in September as the university teams with MedImpact Healthcare Systems Inc. to administer its prescription drug benefit plan.
In an effort to develop more technologies that improve health care, U-M will establish a Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) with footholds in its top-ranked College of Engineering and Medical School, in an action approved by the Board of Regents July 19. The change takes effect Sept. 1.
Stefan Szymanski, the Stephen J. Galetti Professor of Sport Management in the School of Kinesiology, on what inspires him: "The emergence of a pattern from seeming chaos."
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.