Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, February 18, 2013

Surrounded by a crowd waving maize and blue glowsticks, U-M regents, top administrators and special guests cut a ceremonial ribbon to rededicate the expanded and renovated Crisler Center prior to the Wolverines' win over Penn State on Sunday. Read more about Crisler Center and past players at the rededication, and click the photo for a larger version with a list of participants. (Photo by Lon Horwedel, Michigan Photography)

ALERT: Power outage at North Campus, NCRC, E. Medical Center area
There is a power outage this morning in the East Ann Arbor Medical Campus, North Campus and the North Campus Research Complex. The outage at 9:36 a.m. also affected service to Arbor Lakes, Matthei Botanical Gardens and Auxiliary Services. DTE Energy is investigating.

U-M team wins top prize at Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge
A team of U-M graduate students won the $50,000 top prize Friday in the Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge for their unmanned-aerial-vehicle technology. SkySpecs LLC is developing small, robotic, four-propeller helicopters that could remotely gather inspection data from hard-to-reach or hazardous places in infrastructure such as bridges and wind turbines. The annual competition is designed to encourage student technologists from colleges and universities across Michigan to transform clean-tech ideas into viable ventures.

Proposals sought for interdisciplinary sustainability awards
To foster high-impact sustainability collaborations across the university, the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program is accepting proposals for its Distinguished Awards competition, which will award up to $100,000 for a compelling, interdisciplinary project idea that solves a specific sustainability challenge. Notice of intent is due May 1.

This week in the University Record
• Babies are born earlier and smaller when males are scarce
• Modern growing methods may be culprit of ‘coffee rust’ fungal outbreak
• Road safety in megacities: Bikers, pedestrians beware
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on newspaper racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Giving back and paying it forward
Curtis Mack, an alumnus and adjunct professor of labor law at the Law School, remembers the many people who helped him get started on the road to success. He uses those memories as a guide for his own mentoring of young people. "My mother used to say to us, 'It's not about what folks give to you or about being successful for yourself, it's about giving back to others,'" says Mack, who gives back through his service to numerous organizations, including the We Are Family and Just the Beginning foundations.