Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, December 6, 2010

Why do skates slide on ice? What makes a hockey stick propel a puck toward the goal? How do pads protect hockey players? The answers to these questions illustrate how physics is an integral part of hockey and are addressed in a video featuring Brad Orr, professor of physics. Orr and physics lecturer Dave Winn will expand on the science of the world's fastest sport during a talk at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Rooms 170 and 182 of the David M. Dennison Building. The lecture will be followed at 3 p.m. by a screening of the sold-out Big Chill at the Big House contest between the U-M and Michigan State hockey teams.

University netting big energy savings through Planet Blue
Simple acts are having profound affects at U-M when it comes to energy savings. Data from the Planet Blue Operations Team shows a 12 percent decrease in the amount of energy used for fiscal year 2010 in 44 campus buildings, with a cost avoidance of almost $3.5 million annually.

State will help fund building renovations on all three campuses
The state Legislature has approved a bill that will partially fund the renovation of three U-M academic buildings — one each in Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn. The legislation, approved early Friday, provides $383 million in state funding for nearly $1 billion in projects. Lawmakers limited funding to no more than $30 million for an individual project.

U-M to host symposium on state's clean-tech relationship with China
U-M will host a daylong symposium Friday to help technology companies, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and investors better understand various collaborative and competitive issues surrounding the involvement of Michigan and China in clean technology. The meeting will allow opportunities for networking and mentoring among leaders in the clean tech field and is free to university faculty, staff and students. Registration is required by the end of today.

This week in the University Record
• Researchers identify protein essential for cell division
• Toy collector fills library office with figurines
• Staff Spotlight: Choir, friendships motivate Global Initiatives coordinator
Read these stories and more in the University Record, available on racks across campus.

CRIME ALERT: Shooting
State and Granger streets — off-campus across from Ocker Field.

The Michigan Difference

Sounding the alarm
As concerns about the possible invasion of Asian carp in the Great Lakes continue to grow, Law School alumnus Noah Hall is doing his part to keep people informed about the legal issues surrounding the threat with his blog, Great Lakes Law. Hall has called for aggressive legal action to combat the crisis, but says time may not allow for effective options in time to keep the harmful species from establishing a foothold in Lake Michigan.