Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, August 13, 2012

Nina Kryza (left), an undergraduate in business administration, presents her project on how to engage students in meaningful ways at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum during the Development Summer Internship Program's Project Showcase. The Aug. 3 event at Palmer Commons allowed students to exhibit the results of their three-month internships around the Ann Arbor and U-M development communities. Kryza is speaking with Dondi Cupp (center), associate vice president for development, and Shannon Riffe, online marketing strategist with the Office of University Development. (Photo by Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography)

Helicopters mark new era for UMHS Survival Flight program
Three new maize-and-blue helicopters soon will be saving lives in the air above the Great Lakes states, and speeding patients toward advanced care at the U-M Health System’s hospitals. The arrival of the American Eurocopter 155 helicopters marks the beginning of a new era for the 29-year-old Survival Flight program. The first one entered service Friday.

Sick named AVP for natural sciences, engineering at OVPR
Volker Sick, professor of mechanical engineering, has been appointed associate vice president for research — natural sciences and engineering, effective Sept. 1, pending approval by the Board of Regents. Sick will serve as liaison between the Office of the Vice President of Research and scholarly and creative activities across the university in the natural sciences and engineering.

Crowdfunding program that will help students follow their dreams will pilot at U-M
A new crowdfunding platform that lets investors back individual people rather than specific ideas or projects will be piloted at U-M and four other universities this fall. Upstart — founded by Dave Girouard, a U-M alumnus and former president of Google Enterprise — lets college grads and would-be entrepreneurs raise capital in exchange for a small share of their income for a 10-year period.

U-M professor awarded genius grant as inaugural Simons Investigator
Sharon Glotzer, the Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering, was named one of 21 inaugural Simons Investigators for her work on predicting how nanoparticles assemble. The award from the Simons Foundation comes with $660,000 in funding that can be used in an unrestricted way to pursue her best and boldest ideas.

SECURITY BULLETIN: Bike thefts prompt U-bolt lock recommendation
Thefts of bicycles from the U-M campus continue to be a concern for U-M police, says Joe Piersante, interim chief of police. At least 67 bicycles have been reported stolen from campus locations in 2012. 

U-M police recommend using U-bolt locks, rather than flexible cable locks that easily are cut by thieves.

This week in the University Record
• Scientists 'hear a star scream as it gets devoured' by supermassive black hole
• Stem cell therapy could offer new hope for defects, injuries to head, mouth
• Predatory beetles eavesdrop on ants’ chemical conversations
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on racks across campus.

University featured on Chronicle's 2012 best workplaces list
U-M has been named one of the best university workplaces in the U.S. for the fifth consecutive year, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education's 2012 Great Colleges to Work For. The university was listed in nine of 12 categories, and also was named a 2012 Honor Roll school.

New version of CTools integrates with Google, Box and more
The newest version of CTools, released Aug. 4, includes several new tools for faculty to use in their teaching and research. These tools provide new functionality and expand the capabilities of the existing services in CTools. For example, faculty now can use student course groups that are integrated with Google, share resources between online tools, and set up groups in which instructors and students can work together in real time.

University Record to adopt CIC UM Events calendar
The University Record is adopting the Campus Information Centers UM Events calendar, effective Aug. 13. The goal is to establish a single, complete general listing of campus events. Submitters currently registered at The University Record Online calendar now should submit events at the CIC UM Events page. The Record calendar is scheduled to close Aug. 13.

Win brings robotic-aircraft team a step closer to 'mission impossible'
The Michigan Autonomous Aerial Vehicles student team may not have accomplished “mission impossible” with its miniature, robotic four-propeller helicopter, but it did bring home the gold, topping a field of more than 20 competitors at the 2012 International Robotics Competition.

U-M chosen as one of a handful of CDC injury centers
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has selected U-M to become one of its Injury Control Research Centers, a rare designation held by only 10 other institutions. With a five-year, $4.2 million grant from the CDC, U-M researchers will expand their already strong effort to prevent death, disability and other leading causes of injury in the region.

New program at NCRC to create transformational hub for cancer research
The Comprehensive Cancer Center is harnessing its expertise in basic science research to speed the translation into clinical trials and new treatment opportunities for cancer patients. A new Translational Oncology Program will open at the North Campus Research Complex, bringing together cancer researchers from across the campus.

Social networking startup brings resumes to life for college students
Seelio, a new career-focused social networking website co-founded by a U-M entrepreneurship instructor, is a first-of-its-kind platform for college students and recent graduates to showcase their work and connect directly with hiring companies. Portfolios on the site available to anyone with a ".edu" email address.

University community celebrates landing of Mars rover Curiosity
Faculty, staff, students and members of the community gathered at the Space Research Building on Sunday evening and early Monday morning to watch the landing of the Mars rover Curiosity. College of Engineering scientists, engineers, students and alumni have roles in the mission, which will search for evidence that Mars can or ever did support microbial life.

Remembering Paul W. McCracken, professor emeritus and presidential adviser
Professor Emeritus Paul W. McCracken, who helped shape U.S. economic policy in Washington, D.C., and the minds of business students at U-M, died Friday at the age of 96. He served as adviser in various capacities to several U.S. presidents most prominently as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers for President Richard Nixon.

U-M to recognize three Wisterts as Michigan Football Legends
The Athletic Department will recognize three additional former football greats — tackles Francis, Albert and Alvin Wistert — with the "Michigan Football Legend" distinction during the 2012 season. The No. 11 jersey, worn by all three Wisterts, will return as a "Michigan Football Legend" number this fall.

REMINDER: Follow U-M's Olympians in London
More than two dozen current or former Wolverine athletes and coaches are participating in the 2012 Olympics, now ongoing in London. Follow their progress at MGoBlue.com and on Twitter, and learn more about U-M Olympians past and present.

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Broadway's pop star activist
For several years now, Gavin Creel routinely has been described as a “Tony-nominated musical theatre star.” More recently the word “activist” began appearing alongside his name. Now, with the release of his third solo album, the tag may become “pop music powerhouse.” In fact, he is all of the above.