Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Joseph Parker, senior associate athletic director (center), describes details of the club seating being added to Michigan Stadium. (Photo by Martin Vloet, Photo Services)

Media get a renovation update during tour of Michigan Stadium
Journalists from around southeastern Michigan got a look Wednesday at the bigger Big House as they toured renovations that will add thousands of premium seats and improved accessibility to Michigan Stadium. More than 4,800 premium seats are being added, along with new restrooms, concession areas and wheelchair-accessible seating. Meanwhile, bench seating and aisles will be widened. Most of the $226 million project is expected to be finished in time for the 2010 football season.

AATA to discontinue Link; U-M buses to serve campus portion of route
The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority will discontinue its Link downtown circulator bus route, which connected U-M with downtown businesses and other destinations. University buses will serve the campus portion of the former route, between Central Campus and the Oxford student housing area.

SI assistant professor receives $462K NSF award
Steven Jackson, an assistant professor in the School of Information, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award to further his work in cyberinfrastructure and science policy. The five-year award is for $462,249.

No cure, no matter: Some parents still want to know child’s genetic risk
More than a third of parents who answered a recent U-M survey say they would be interested in a genetic test that could indicate their children’s risk of developing a disease, even if no treatment for the disease exists. The findings have important implications because parents now have the ability to access genetic testing through private companies that advertise via the Internet.

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.