Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest (center) and Peter Green (right), director of U-M's Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC), visit with Chris King, a staff member on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. EFRC directors and faculty from around the nation met in Washington this week to visit Capitol Hill in support of the program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The U-M EFRC, which focuses on solar and thermal energy conversion, was funded for five years at $4 million a year. Nationally, 46 EFRC's are working on various energy challenges. (Photo by Mike Waring, Washington Office)

Men's and women's lacrosse will become varsity sports
Athletic director Dave Brandon has announced the elevation of men's and women's lacrosse to varsity status. The men's program will begin NCAA Division I varsity competition in the 2011-12 academic year, and the women's program will be ready for NCAA Division I varsity competition in the 2012-13 academic year.

Engineering students spending summer at UM-SJTU Joint Institute
A group of 27 undergraduate students from the College of Engineering are attending classes for 13 weeks at the U-M-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute. Professor Jun Ni, Shien-Ming (Sam) Wu Collegiate Professor of Manufacturing Science, professor of mechanical engineering and dean of the Joint Institute, says the institute "serves as a landing pad for U-M students and faculty to gain global experience in China."

UM-Dearborn cultivates an urban mushroom garden
This is the time of year many mushroom fans head to the woods in search of the elusive morel. But there are other species of the edible fungi as well, and the UM-Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center is promoting the mushroom's role as a locally grown food source with the construction of a new urban mushroom garden.

The Michigan Difference

Hooked on Haiti
Haiti is the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation, plagued by poverty, violence, and disease. But for School of Public Health alumnae Sarah Hackett and Rosemarie Rowney, the Caribbean country is a place of hope, and they can't stay away.