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Monday, December 12, 2011

Tian Lian, a master's student studying manufacturing engineering, explains how he and his teammates make Treads sandals out of waste tires and seatbelts. During the Integrated Product Design tradeshow on campus Lian shows off one of the sandal molds. (Photo by Brittny Smith)

BREAKING NEWS: Central Campus experiences power outages; repairs needed at South Quad
A brief power outage affected several buildings on Central Campus this morning. Although electrical service was restored to most buildings by 11 a.m., power was out at South Quad until 1 p.m. so a substation could be repaired.

Class project turns recycled car parts into sandals and possibly jobs
Junkyard car seatbelts and abandoned tires come together in a sustainable sandal that could one day put Detroit homeless people to work manufacturing them. U-M students created Treads Motor City Sandals in a unique class that requires aspiring designers, engineers and business professionals to work together to make a marketable product.

Bold ideas win 1,000 Pitches entrepreneurship contest
What if your car radio could let you know an ambulance or fire engine was approaching? What if an iPad app could help cerebral palsy and brain injury patients use a touch screen? What if your phone could help you reserve a parking spot on the other side of town? U-M students didn't just wonder these things. They took an important step toward making them happen. They shared their ideas in the fourth annual 1,000 Pitches entrepreneurship contest. The nine winners were announced Sunday morning at a ceremony at the Michigan Union.

Student entrepreneurs celebrated for innovations
U-M students Cheng Chen and Chase Lee were honored Dec. 9 as the College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship’s (CFE) RPM Student Entrepreneurs of the Year 2011. Chen and Lee, who were selected from a group of 12 applicants, each will receive $2,500. “We appear to be approaching a tipping point where entrepreneurship is starting to become part of the fabric of the University of Michigan,” says Doug Neal, CFE managing director.

Students revved up by Volt appearance at Sustainable Energy Systems course
U-M students in the Sustainable Energy Systems course had two electrifying guests last week, as a pair of 2011 Chevy Volts came to campus. The Volts, manufactured by General Motors, were used to demonstrate topics being discussed in the course taught by Greg Keoleian, the Peter M. Wege Professor of Sustainable Systems at SNRE and the director of its Center for Sustainable Systems.

CRIME ALERT: Unarmed robbery
East University Avenue at Willard; about 1 p.m. Dec. 10.

This week in the University Record
• Surprise reunion: From Ghana to Michigan, a teacher and student reunite
• U-M Service Awards honor staff for their commitment
• Faculty Spotlight: Design makes a difference for architecture professor
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

From Milan to Marquette
With the largest graduate medical education program in the state, U-M graduates are spread across Michigan, occupying cities both large and small. The current edition of Medicine at Michigan profiles four such physicians, Dr. Nathan Taylor, a hand-and-wrist surgeon in Marquette; Dr. Carla Zahuranec, a family doctor in Milan; Dr. Desiree Seeyave, who practices pediatric emergency medicine in Flint; and Dr. Richard Ohye, part of the next generation of U-M medical educators helping to train residents and medical students.