Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

LSA student Michael Sullivant, who interned this summer at the Life Sciences Institute working on brand management and developing strategic plans for the annual fund campaign, talks with Michelle Davis, a major gifts officer at LSI, during the Development Summer Internship Program Project Showcase. The Aug. 2 showcase at the Alumni Center gave students a chance to present the results of their three-month internships around the Ann Arbor and U-M development communities. (Photo by Martin Vloet, Michigan Photography)

Water Center research scientists lead innovative course on Lake Michigan
A new Field Methods in Great Lakes Oceanography course co-taught by three U-M Water Center research scientists is fulfilling a fundamental goal of the center to actively engage students in learning about the Great Lakes. Based at the U-M Biological Station in Pellston, the course emphasized critical examination of field results within an ecosystem framework through lectures, group discussions, and extensive hands-on experience.

ITS & ServiceLink: Improving customer service for campus
On Thursday, Information and Technology Services (ITS) will launch a new cloud-based service management system called ServiceLink. The new platform will allow the ITS Service Center to better assist people by giving support staff faster, more reliable access to data, records and knowledge resources.

Spring 2013 Mobile Apps Challenge winners announced
Take control of the lecture cameras and zoom into U-M classrooms from your smartphone, or effortlessly monitor your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels by tracking your drinks while you’re out. These apps are among the winners in the Spring 2013 U-M Mobile Apps Challenge, in which students, faculty and staff designed an original app on any mobile platform.

U-M Medical School welcomes 172 future physician leaders
With American health care poised on the brink of major changes that will give many uninsured people access to care, 172 new students started down the path to becoming doctors Sunday at the U-M Medical School.

Tech Transfer's Venture Center hires new director
Jack Miner, an experienced entrepreneur, venture creation expert and economic development specialist, has been named director of the Venture Center at U-M Tech Transfer.

Coleman joins university leaders urging Washington to close 'innovation deficit'
Deeply concerned about major federal budget cuts to research and higher education, President Mary Sue Coleman has joined 163 other university presidents and chancellors in calling on leaders in Washington, D.C., to close what they call the "innovation deficit."

Energy Institute announces funding for sustainable energy research
The Energy Institute is seeking applications for a new round of Partnerships for Innovation in Sustainable Energy Technologies funding. The program seeds new interdisciplinary research programs in sustainable energy science, technology, and policy with funding for a U-M Sustainable Energy Research Fellowship.

The Michigan Difference

Life-changing bridge
Members of the Bridges to Prosperity team at U-M built a suspended pedestrian bridge in the village of Palca in central Bolivia. The bridge will serve approximately 250 families, helping children arrive safely to school and giving the community better access to their farm fields, markets and medical care.