Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Emerald is a personal solar panel the size of a paperback book that could make electricity more accessible in the developing world. June Energy, an award-winning startup company co-founded by a U-M engineering student, developed the device. In this video, the company's founders discuss what the Emerald does and how it came about.

University testing electronic textbooks in pilot program
Electronic textbooks are being tested at U-M with a pilot program in five courses this semester. The E-Textbook Working Group will conduct surveys and focus groups to learn more about student and instructor expectations and experiences with e-textbooks. The data collected will be incorporated into a report for campus leadership.

U-M taking part in largest comprehensive study of children's health
The Institute for Social Research is working on the National Children's Study, which launched in Michigan on Wednesday and is expected to have 100,000 families participate nationwide, making it the largest and most comprehensive study of children's health ever conducted.

Digitization to aid broader access to U-M's Islamic manuscripts
The U-M Library is scanning the 1,100 items in its collection of Islamic manuscripts as part of a three-year cataloging project that will allow scholars from around the world to gain access to a collection that dates back to the eighth century.

The Michigan Difference

Carbon forestry pioneer
Working as an adviser on climate and forestry with the German Agency for Technical Cooperation in Laos, U-M alumnus Gabe Eickhoff spends about half his time wearing nice clothes in the Laos Department of Forestry advising on regulations, and the other half out in forests measuring trees. Eickhoff is part of an emerging field that aims to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by reducing deforestation.