Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, October 8, 2012

Simone and Charles Racine decorate pumpkins during the Harvest Festival sponsored by the U-M Sustainable Food Program at Matthaei Botanical Gardens last week. View more photos from the festival, which promoted awareness about local food options and the university's sustainability initiatives. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, Michigan Photography)

University begins bold new research funding venture MCubed
A revolutionary research funding experiment begins today at U-M, as faculty members from every school and college can start to coalesce into teams of three to embark on visionary projects. The MCubed program will divvy up $15 million among 250 new, interdisciplinary pilot studies.

DPS and AAPD promote safety to off-campus residents
Campus leaders have once again teamed up with the Ann Arbor Police Department to promote safety to students living off campus. The Division of Student Affairs, Department of Public Safety, student neighborhood ambassadors and AAPD went door-to-door Friday in neighborhoods adjacent to campus to welcome residents and distribute safety information.

REMINDER: Active U Autumn registration closes at 5 p.m. today
Time is running out to sign up for this year's Active U Autumn program. Registration for MHealthy's six-week fall physical activity challenge closes today at 5 p.m. All university faculty, staff, students, retirees and employee spouses/Other Qualified Adults can participate.

CRIME ALERT: Sexual Assault
2:30 a.m. Sunday; off-campus, Hill Street, between Church and Tappan streets.

This week in the University Record
• U-M in History: Dedication of Robert H. Lurie Tower on North Campus
• Smallest and fastest-known RNA switches provide new drug targets
• UMMA exhibit examines when the British ruled America
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

From the ground up
Inside of a sweltering hoop house, Shaina Shetty smiles as she waters a cluster of newly budded sunflowers. “I like being seen not just as a student, but as a member of the community,” the LSA sophomore says of her summer internship at Growing Hope, an Ypsilanti nonprofit that works to improve community members’ access to healthy food through education and growing their own produce.