Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, January 7, 2010

President Mary Sue Coleman welcomes the new year with a look at the Winter Semester’s events and activities.

U-M in fellowship to prepare science, technology teachers
U-M is a partner in a new statewide fellowship program to prepare teachers in science, technology, engineering and math. President Barack Obama highlighted the program Wednesday, recognizing the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship as one of the new partners of the “Educate to Innovate” campaign.

Report: U-M provides second-most jobs in metro Detroit
U-M now is metro Detroit’s second-largest employer behind Ford Motor Co., according to the Crain’s Detroit Business 2010 Book of Lists. A year ago, the university was ranked fourth behind the Big Three automakers. The report said employment at U-M (including the university and U-M Health System) grew from 25,699 to 26,433 full-time jobs in metro Detroit.

All sustainable transportation subsidies shouldn’t be created equal, experts say
Government subsidies to promote sustainable transportation may need to be tailored to certain regions and consumer groups, a U-M associate professor of engineering suggests. Steven Skerlos and his colleague James Winebrake of the Rochester Institute of Technology make the case for targeting subsidies for such products as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in the academic journal Energy Policy.

University ranks as a top clean technology leader
U-M is included on a list of the top universities that are expected to lead the way in development of clean technology. It ranked fifth on the “Top 10 cleantech universities in the U.S. for 2010.”

CRIME ALERT: Armed robbery
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The Michigan Difference

High-flying physician
Dr. Kathy Hughes' medical career is soaring … literally. After graduating last year with a Master of Public Health degree, Hughes is completing her residency in aerospace and occupational medicine in San Antonio, Texas. One of a handful of Air Force physicians who also are pilots, she wants to become a test-pilot physician. “Flying to me is freedom,” she says.