Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The College of Engineering is placing a new emphasis on student teams, which offer hands-on learning that reinforces classroom teachings. Members of three such teams — the Baja Racing Team, Steel Bridge Team and Human-Powered Submarine Team — talk about their projects on this video podcast.

Interim Directors’ Council to oversee Weiser Center
A four-person interim Directors’ Council will oversee the Ronald and Eileen Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia until a permanent director is appointed, Mark Tessler, director of the International Institute and vice provost for international affairs, has announced.

Carethers named chair of internal medicine department
Gastroenterologist Dr. John Carethers has been named to chair the Medical School’s Department of Internal Medicine. Currently chief of the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine’s Division of Gastroenterology, Carethers will start at U-M Nov. 1, pending Board of Regents approval. He served a fellowship in gastroenterology at U-M in the early 1990s.

Contracts to aid study of stress on nuclear reactors
The university has been awarded two five-year contracts, totaling $2.4 million, to help scientists better understand how radiation, stress and corrosion can lead to cracking in the inner workings of nuclear reactors. Such knowledge ultimately could extend the safe operation of existing nuclear power plants in the United States.

The Michigan Difference

Forests and the future
Researchers led by Don Zak, a professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, have turned time forward about 40 years in the northern woods of Michigan. Zak and his colleagues, featured in the spring issue of Stewards, have found that northern hardwood forests absorb more heat-trapping carbon dioxide when exposed to rates of atmospheric nitrogen deposition expected to occur by 2050 across the upper Great Lakes region.