Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

President Mary Sue Coleman speaks to graduate students in a class titled The Business of Biology. In her appearance Monday, Coleman discussed the opportunities and challenges for science-based businesses. Drawing on her experience as a scientist, a member of the board of directors at Johnson & Johnson and as co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Economic Development, Coleman spoke about the need for finding new models to move early stage research towards commercialization. (Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services)

BREAKING NEWS: U-M will invest in new ideas for a changing world
U-M will launch the Third Century Initiative to develop innovative ideas about global challenges and opportunities, and to advance the greater good, President Mary Sue Coleman announced today in her annual fall address, which was webcast live to the university. The initiative will use $50 million in existing funds during the next five years to develop innovative, multidisciplinary teaching and scholarship approaches to such topics as climate change, poverty and malnutrition, energy storage, affordable health care and social justice challenges.
• In a rare move for a university, U-M will for the first time directly invest in its own startup businesses.

Report shows URC a critical asset in state's economic recovery
A report released Tuesday shows that the University Research Corridor — which includes U-M — continues to grow in areas critical to the state's resurgence: student enrollments, degrees granted in the high-tech and high-demand sectors, number of alumni living in the state contributing to the state's economy through wages and taxes, research and development expenditures, and startup companies.

Montage profiles U-M involvement in ArtPrize
As ArtPrize, the sprawling competition of public artwork in Grand Rapids, nears the announcement of a winner, the arts portal Montage looks at the various ways U-M is involved:
Joseph Rosa, director of the U-M Museum of Art, was on a panel conducting a critical discussion of the top 10 finalists.
• Six Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning faculty members present works in the contest. 
• The competition has inspired a new collaboration between the School of Art & Design and SiTE:Lab, a Grand Rapids arts organization dedicated to creating site-specific art installations in temporary spaces.

Open Enrollment book now available online
The Open Enrollment book for 2012 benefits now is available online. Benefits-eligible faculty, staff, retirees and students will be able make changes to their benefits choices between Oct. 31 and 5 p.m. Nov. 11.

The Michigan Difference

Promoting social justice globally
Tina Tam, who received a dual master's degree from the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise this year, has worked to promote global social justice by helping provide rural communities with access to renewable energy. She spent the summer of 2010 in China helping to provide households with access to clean and safe energy, and looks forward to working international social enterprises to help the world’s rural communities.