Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, September 20, 2013

Benjamin Schultz of Common Cycle helps Jiunn How Yap adjust the brake cable on his bicycle Thursday during EarthFest 2013. The university's annual "party for the planet" on the Central Campus Diag drew a variety of organizations and displays related to sustainability efforts in the areas of climate action, waste prevention, healthy environments and community awareness. (Photo by Joel Johnson, Michigan Photography)

Annual research volume at U-M rises 4.3 percent to $1.33 billion
The total volume of U-M research increased by 4.3 percent to a record $1.33 billion — an increase of $54.7 million — in fiscal year 2013. Federal sponsorship, which accounts for almost 62 percent of the total research volume at U-M, grew by 2.8 percent.

Research VP Stephen Forrest will return to faculty in January
Stephen R. Forrest, U-M's vice president for research since 2006, will return to the research and teaching he loves when he rejoins the College of Engineering faculty in January. President Mary Sue Coleman said she would soon recommend an interim leader for the university's research enterprise.

Regents approve schematic design for new graduate residence
Plans for the new Munger Graduate Residences took another step forward Thursday as the Board of Regents approved a schematic design for the eight-story building that will house more than 600 occupants.
• Regents also approved a $13.6 million renovation to the School of Education building, and an $11.4 million project to renovate the building housing the decommissioned Ford Nuclear Reactor.
In other action, regents approved changing the Division of Student Affairs to Student Life, renovations at UM-Dearborn, leasehold improvements and the sale of property in the Ann Arbor Technology Park.

Flint campus' enrollment growth reaches historic high
UM-Flint has achieved historically high enrollment for the seventh consecutive year. Enrollment for fall 2013 is 8,555 students, up 3.2 percent from fall 2012. Since 2005, enrollment at the campus has climbed 33 percent.

PHOTO: Grand opening for MUG renovations
Students, staff and others gathered Thursday to mark the formal reopening of the Michigan Union Grill, the restaurant area on the ground floor of the Union. The project included a variety of physical improvements, new and upgraded vendor operations and several sustainable measures.

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Math in Africa
A two-week summer school that was part of a mathematics conference in the African nation of Cameroon last spring helped share knowledge across the region. Co-sponsored by U-M and made possible largely through the efforts of Nkem Khumbah, lecturer of mathematics with the Comprehensive Studies Program, the biennial Buea International Conference on the Mathematical Sciences brought global experts to Africa, where they discussed their research with peers across the continent.