Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The solar-powered North House was awarded fourth place in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2009 Solar Decathlon last month. The project was conceptualized and led by Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning faculty members Geoffrey Thun and Kathy Velikov. Twenty teams from around the world competed. (Photo courtesy of Taubman College)

$1 billion in research spending comes across as ‘a very loud number’
News that U-M has broken the $1 billion mark for research spending in Fiscal Year 2009 comes across as “a very loud number” that can drown out other important messages, says Stephen Forrest, vice president for research. In his Research Views blog, Forrest discusses a variety of faculty contributions and other factors that are just as important as the monetary measurements of U-M’s research success.

PODCAST: U-M delegation to observe climate talks in Copenhagen
Richard Rood, professor of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences, will lead a delegation of U-M students, faculty and alumni to observe the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, which starts Dec. 7. In this podcast, Rood discusses the meeting's significance and the role of higher education in the debate.

UM-Dearborn names speakers for Dec. 20 commencement
Christopher Ilitch, president and chief executive officer of Ilitch Holdings Inc., and Alan Schultz, chairman, president and CEO of Valassis, will be the keynote speakers when UM-Dearborn graduates 475 students at two commencement ceremonies Dec. 20.

University Record and Record Update to go on Thanksgiving break
The Record Update will not be published during the Thanksgiving break. It will return on Monday. The University Record will not publish an edition the week of Nov. 30. Its next edition will be Dec. 7.

The Michigan Difference

Reaching out to veterans
On Veterans Day UM-Flint dedicated a new Student Veterans Center. Jeremy Glasstetter, who served with the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan, was among those who made the center happen. Now a student at UM-Flint, Glasstetter is founder and president of the Flint chapter of Student Veterans of America, an organization dedicated to aiding the transition from the battlefield to the college campus.