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February 17, 2015

Graduate students to pitch Detroit industrial redevelopment ideas

Detroit leaders and redevelopment experts will convene Wednesday at the 2015 U-M Social Impact Challenge Finals to evaluate student proposals on a social impact strategy for creative redevelopment of Detroit's abandoned industrial buildings.

February 12, 2015

Health care project gets $1.4M Third Century Initiative grant

David Burke describes a scenario that could be one outcome of the work he and colleagues are doing with their project, Deep Monitoring, which just received a large second infusion of funding from the Third Century Initiative.

"Is that pen from U-M?" he asked an interviewer furiously scribbling his comments. The answer is affirmative.

February 12, 2015

U-M funds another round of engaged-learning projects

The university has awarded funding for another 18 projects under the Transforming Learning for a Third Century portion of the Third Century Initiative.

The latest Quick Wins and Discovery grants will be among the last, as the university plans only one more round of funding at this level.

February 11, 2015

U-M startup acquired by electrical services company

Electric Field Solutions, a U-M startup that uses technology first developed for measuring electric fields caused by dust storms on the surface of Mars, has been acquired by Premier, a gas and electrical industries service company.

February 9, 2015

New campaign showcases student innovation across campus

Just weeks after a new minor in entrepreneurship opened to all students at U-M, a new campaign to celebrate student innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship kicks off across campus Thursday with the ICE Winter Blast.

January 26, 2015

Program helping young children learn to be makers

A list on a whiteboard tells the children what they can do this day. Among the options: LEGOs, K'Nex, LittleBits, stencils on clothing, poster or card creation, stop-motion animation and Snap Circuits.

January 21, 2015

MHacks shapes the hackathon culture it helped create

Since its inception in February 2013, MHacks, the university's semi-annual event that helped spark the nation's college hackathon movement, has grown from a just-for-fun challenge to a sophisticated operation that draws big sponsors and students from a variety of backgrounds.

January 20, 2015

Nominations for Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prizes due Feb. 2

Members of the university community have until Feb. 2 to put forward their favorite examples of outstanding teaching by nominating them for the 2015 Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize.

In its seventh year, the competition will award $5,000 to up to five faculty projects.

December 3, 2014

New U-M minor in entrepreneurship to start in January

An entrepreneurial education will be available to all U-M students beginning in January with a new 15-credit minor in entrepreneurship that aims to attract students from diverse areas of study.

December 2, 2014

1,000 Pitches winners part of national movement

The world's largest student pitch competition is helping to spread the spirit of entrepreneurship across U-M and beyond. The 1,000 Pitches contest, which began at U-M seven years ago, has grown to six campuses across the country, and this year it gathered more than 7,500 ideas.

November 19, 2014

Secure, free encryption of all websites is goal of new project

In an effort to reinvent and dramatically improve Internet security, U-M researchers have joined with Mozilla and other industry and nonprofit partners to soon offer free, automated and open website HTTPS encryption.

They're establishing a new certificate authority called Let's Encrypt, which will begin operating in summer 2015.

November 4, 2014

Smartphone delivery

While organizers of the Positive Tech conference focus their work on mobile delivery of well-being services, smartphones are proving to be valuable delivery tools and sources of data for researchers across campus in a number of other fields.

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