Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Big Ten Network is airing a 12-minute video on the first major case for the Law School's Innocence Clinic as part of the network's “Out of the Blue: The Michigan Difference” series. The show profiles a case in which two men wrongfully convicted in a shooting recently were freed from prison.

U-M, other leading research universities launch futurity.org
U-M has joined with other leading research universities to launch Futurity, an online research channel dedicated to covering the latest discoveries in science, engineering, the environment, health and more. With coverage of research-related stories dropping as newspapers continue to shrink in size and circulation, Futurity “gives our partners an opportunity to communicate in a new and direct way — and to remind the public why research matters,” one of the new Web site's founders says.

Google exec promotes ways to cut computer power consumption
Bill Weihl, Google’s “green energy czar,” helped kick off Energy Fest on Tuesday with a keynote address that extolled the virtues of simple activities that can reduce the amount of power related to operating computers. He also praised U-M for its role as a founding member in the Climate Savers Computing Initiative.

Zell-Lurie Institute celebrating 10 years of educating entrepreneurs
The Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the start of the 2009-10 academic year. The institute, part of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, counts milestones in the areas of innovation, new venture creation, and action-based learning, as well as the creation of robust funding and grant initiatives for student entrepreneurs.

The Michigan Difference

Tapping creativity in prisons
The Prison Creative Arts Project collaborates with incarcerated adults, incarcerated youth, urban youth and the formerly incarcerated to strengthen our community through creative expression. Based in the Department of English Language and Literature and the School of Art and Design, project participants facilitate arts workshops in prisons or juvenile facilities, as well as Detroit high schools.