Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, December 3, 2012

Watch a video about the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, through which U-M will help develop advanced battery technologies.

U-M part of $120 million U.S. Energy Department battery research hub
A dozen U-M researchers will play an integral role in a national multimillion-dollar collaborative effort to develop breakthrough batteries for longer-range electric vehicles and a power grid that can store electricity generated from solar and wind energy. The university will be part of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, funded with an award of up to $120 million over five years. U-M's portion of the grant is $7 million.

Wixom named executive director of Business Engagement Center
Stella T. Wixom has been appointed executive director of the U-M Business Engagement Center. The BEC provides companies with a single gateway to university resources, with the overall goals of strengthening the university's ties to industry and helping to revitalize and diversify the state's economy.

Wolverines to face South Carolina in 2013 Outback Bowl
The U-M football team has earned a bid to play in the 27th annual Outback Bowl against No. 11 South Carolina on Jan. 1, 2013. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN starting at 1 p.m. from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

Six employees win $500 prizes for participating in healthy programs
MHealthy recently announced the winners of its November Grand Prize Drawing. Benefits-eligible faculty and staff who signed up and participated in an eligible MHealthy program between July and October 2012 were entered into the drawing. Six employees were randomly selected to win $500 prizes.

This week in The University Record
• Registry to help monitor kidney disease among veterans
• Driver distraction: Do as I say, not as I do (or what you think I do)
• Local leaders say personal property tax is complex, but important to their budgets

The Michigan Difference

Saving Detroit neighborhoods from blight
Margaret Dewar, professor of urban planning, is leading an effort to help government and philanthropic programs head off neighborhood blight in Detroit. With support from the Center for Advancing Research and Solutions for Society, Dewar and U-M urban planning colleagues Lan Deng and June Thomas will evaluate revitalization efforts in two Detroit neighborhoods.