Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, October 26, 2012

From left, Nate Henschel, Justin Datri, and Sam Nene of Torch Hybrid speak with Babette Ten Haken at the TechArb Student Venture Showcase. The event Thursday featured 20 student-led ventures that participated in the U-M TechArb student startup accelerator summer session. They presented their companies to area venture capitalists and members of the local entrepreneurial community. (Photo by Joseph Xu, College of Engineering)

Open Enrollment for 2013 benefits under way
Open Enrollment, the period during which benefits-eligible faculty, staff, retirees and students can make changes to their benefits choices, is now under way. Changes may be submitted through 5 p.m. Nov. 2. Any changes that are made will take effect Jan. 1.

U-M, DTE Energy begin solar energy installation on North Campus
Ground was broken this week for a new solar energy installation at the North Campus Research Complex. The partnership between U-M and DTE Energy is part of DTE Energy's SolarCurrents program and will result in a ground-mounted solar array capable of producing up to 430 kilowatts.

New program focuses on staying healthy into the new year
For many, the end of the year means office parties, planning holiday celebrations and preparing to welcome friends and family. To help faculty and staff celebrate the season while maintaining health goals, MHealthy is offering Move, Lose & Maintain, a new eight-week healthy lifestyle program designed to keep employees moving and eating smarter into the new year.

Sharing research space promotes collaboration, funding
A new U-M study shows that when researchers share a building, and especially a floor, the likelihood of forming new collaborations and obtaining funding increases dramatically. The findings have wide relevance to corporations, as well. "Our analyses clearly show that there are benefits to co-location," said Jason Owen-Smith, associate professor of sociology and organizational studies.

The Michigan Difference

Helping deaf students achieve their dreams
When Dr. Philip Zazove’s parents discovered he was deaf in 1955, they refused to accept a best-case scenario: special education classes and a non-skilled job to be “functional.” Instead, Zazove, professor and interim chair of family medicine, went to college and medical school, then became the third known deaf doctor in the country. Today, he and his family help high-achieving deaf students with college scholarships awarded through the Louise Tumarkin Zazove Foundation.