Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, October 4, 2013

Three new diesel-electric hybrid buses, similar to the one pictured here, will join the Ann Arbor campus fleet this month, bringing the number of hybrid buses on campus to 10. Read more about the new hybrid buses. (Photo courtesy of Parking & Transportation Services)

Government shutdown puts federally funded grant processing on hold
Although most federally funded research at the University of Michigan will continue unimpeded during the federal government shutdown, the process for obtaining new awards will be on hold. Additionally, some research projects that are funded through contracts rather than through grants, or those that are awaiting federal regulatory approval, also will be on hold.

New resources support postdoctoral researchers
Benefit upgrades and new monthly orientation sessions for postdoctoral research fellows are boosting their training environment, helping U-M maintain its reputation as an exceptional research university. The most significant change is that postdocs now can be eligible for up to six weeks per year of paid extended leave.

Library expands campus access to 3-D printers
Campus access to 3-D printers is expanding with a grant from U-M's Third Century Initiative. The 3D Lab on North Campus currently houses six Cube printers, along with free material, tutorials, and support, which anyone in the university community can access to create their own 3-D objects from digital designs.

Open Enrollment book is now available online
The Open Enrollment book, with details about benefits options for eligible U-M faculty and staff and instructions for making changes in 2014, is now available for electronic download.

The Michigan Difference

Fresh-food guru
Fiona Ruddy’s official title at Detroit’s Eastern Market is “Alternative Food Program Coordinator,” but in her view, there should be nothing “alternative” about the food distribution models that she oversees. A 2010 LSA graduate, she runs the Eastern Market Farm Stand Program, which serves 18 different locations around Detroit and its suburbs, bringing fresh produce directly to hospitals, office buildings, nonprofit organizations and neighborhood farmers markets.