Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Two U-M graduate students were among 200 Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results (STAR) fellows in Washington this week to show off their environmental research. From left, Daniel Obenour and Chad Huelsman visit with Brandon Jones, fellowship program manager for the EPA. The students met with EPA and other officials and then did a poster display on Capitol Hill. Obenour is pursuing a joint degree from the School of Natural Resources and Environment and the College of Engineering, while Huelsman is in chemical and environmental engineering. (Photo by Mike Waring, Washington Office)

New microgrant program designed to boost student entrepreneurs
A new university-sponsored grant program aims to give a quarter of a million dollars to 250 students or student teams over the next five years to help them launch an entrepreneurial venture or gain entrepreneurial skills. The Jump Start grants will provide approximately 50 young entrepreneurs per year with between $250 and $1,500.

PODCAST: Leaders from U-M, MSU discuss economic collaboration
President Mary Sue Coleman and Athletic Director Dave Brandon talk with their counterparts at Michigan State — Lou Anna Simon and Mark Hollis — about collaborating in the University Research Corridor and how that cooperative spirit is growing in the economic engines of their athletic programs.

Open house at renovated Crisler Arena set for Friday
The men's and women's basketball programs will host an open house from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Crisler Arena. The event is free of charge and will be the first time season-ticket holders and the general public will be able to view the newly renovated arena, which includes new seats and a new high-definition video scoreboard.

The Michigan Difference

Stoves for Malawi
Brian Smyser, the first Peace Corps Master’s International student in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, works with a non-governmental organization and an ecosystem service company to help promote safer, more efficient stoves in Malawi villages. The effort enhances the quality of life and aids small business development in the villages.