Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, January 13, 2012

Stuart VandenBrink interviews Kelly Zhang, a senior in industrial and operations engineering, at the MPowered small business career fair on North Campus. Zhang was among hundreds of students from across the university who attended Thursday's fair. A hundred small, high-growth firms participated, and 90 percent of them have roots in Michigan. More than a dozen of the hiring companies are faculty- or student-founded startups. Participants were encouraged to wear spirited outfits to the event. (Photo by Nicole Casal Moore, News Service)

Satellite patent office in Detroit will be good for Michigan, Forrest says
The opening of a satellite office of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the city of Detroit is good news for the region and especially for university researchers, says Stephen Forrest, vice president for research. The Patent and Trademark Office said this week it would open the agency's first satellite office no later than July.

Search committee set for executive director of university audits
A search committee has been selected for the executive director of university audits, the Office of the President has announced. The executive director of university audits is responsible for the conduct and operations of all internal audit activities, and supporting the system of internal controls and risk management across the university.

REMINDER: Payroll office urges use of electronic W-2s
Employees who have not already done so are asked to visit Wolverine Access no later than Jan. 22 to consent to receive an electronic PDF copy of their 2011 W-2 instead of an identical mailed copy.

MT&D hosts 35th Collage Concert Saturday at Hill Auditorium
The School of Music, Theatre & Dance's annual Collage Concert celebrates its 35th year Saturday with a collection of 30 short performances, involving approximately 400 students. The format of Collage is unique: a series of short presentations in a host of styles and genres, all on a darkened stage with a spotlight directing the eye from one number to the next.

The Michigan Difference

Meeting the EV power demand
Three students in the School of Natural Resources and Environment have set their sights on making electric-powered vehicles more practical. By bridging the disparity between supply and demand of recharging stations, Javier Rivera, Lawrence Han and Ajay Varadharajan hope to create a new electric-vehicle market and put the brakes on "range anxiety" that many potential buyers have about such vehicles.