Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

John Mitani, James N. Spuhler Collegiate Professor of Anthropology, and his wife, Sally, pose during their trip down the red carpet at the world premiere of the Disneynature movie "Chimpanzee." Mitani attended the premiere Friday, and was a scientific consultant for the film, which features footage of chimpanzees he has been studying in Africa for nearly 20 years. (Photo courtesy of John Mitani)

New Planet Blue Student Innovation Fund backs four student-driven campus sustainability projects
Four substantial, student-led sustainability projects are gaining momentum on campus, thanks to financial support from the new Planet Blue Student Innovation Fund. Announced by President Mary Sue Coleman last fall as part of her larger campus sustainability address, the Planet Blue Student Innovation Fund offers grants of up to $50,000 annually for projects that reduce the university's environmental footprint and/or promote a culture of sustainability on campus.

Top university budget officials will teach fall class on U-M finances
The architects of the university's general fund budget will teach a one-credit class in the fall designed to demystify U-M finances for students. Phil Hanlon, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, and Martha Pollack, vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs, will teach the LSA course titled College Affordability: Financing the University. The mini-course will be offered the first seven weeks of the fall semester.

UMMA director discusses exhibits and projects under way at the museum
Joseph Rosa, director of the U-M Museum of Art, writes in an article for the arts portal Montage about several exhibits and projects under way at UMMA, including the university's participation in a multistate effort to gather data gauging the economic impact of the arts.

The Michigan Difference

Improving genetic testing for cancer
Xudong Fan, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and a team of colleagues have developed a better way to detect the genetic mutations that may lead to cancer. Their liquid laser will help to make these slight mutations more obvious and thus easier to detect. The team is pursuing partners to help bring this new technology to market.