Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cynthia Koenig, a graduate student at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, has reinvented the wheel, so to speak, in a way that helps distribute clean water in developing countries. Click on the image to see how the WaterWheel works, and click here to read more about it.

Campus challenge pits U-M against other Michigan schools for organ donation signups
U-M is looking for organ donors to register in the annual Gift of Life Michigan Campus Challenge. Michigan residents who sign up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry during the campaign can “vote” for their favorite school. Currently, Michigan State University is leading the challenge.

PODCAST: Forrest discusses role of solar power as alternative fuel source
President Obama has called for the U.S. to produce 80 percent of its electricity from cleaner energy sources including wind, solar, clean coal and nuclear by 2035. Stephen Forrest, vice president for research and solar energy researcher, weighs in on whether this will be possible.

UM-Flint lighting project illuminates technology, cost savings
An evening visit to the UM-Flint campus will illustrate what can be achieved with modern lighting technology that also cuts energy bills. Last fall, students expressed a desire to see better lighting around campus. That has been accomplished with the recent replacement of lights on 26 poles.

The Michigan Difference

Crash testing social entrepreneurship
As more and more cars are made available in developing countries, it is likely that lack of available child restraints could lead to a higher infant mortality rate. Rachel Strauss and Megan Bland, two biomedical engineering seniors who will graduate from the College of Engineering in April, have dedicated themselves to creating a solution. They’re building a simpler, more affordable children’s car seat.