CMU tobacco free in 2014

Central Michigan University will join 800 tobacco-free colleges and universities across the nation July 1, 2014, as part of its commitment to providing a healthy environment for learning, living and working. The new policy, A Breath of Fresh Air, will eliminate the use of tobacco products anywhere on campus, indoors or outdoors.

WSU offers in-state tuition to Great Lakes undergraduates

Residents of states bordering the Great Lakes can pay reduced tuition through Wayne State University’s new Great Lakes Tuition Award. The program offers in-state tuition (plus a 10 percent fee) to undergraduate students from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario, Canada. Students taking 15 credit hours per semester will save an average of $11,633 per each year.

Saginaw Valley State establishing Dow Center

Saginaw Valley State University is receiving a significant gift from The Dow Chemical Co. Foundation to establish the Dow Science and Sustainability Education Center at SVSU. Dow Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Andrew N. Liveris announced the contribution in his keynote address during SVSU’s 50th anniversary economic summit Oct. 25. The center will support increased education and research opportunities in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Concussion expert to speak at UNC commencement

Kevin Guskiewicz of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty, a concussion expert and MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” winner, will speak at the Dec. 15 commencement ceremony at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Dean E. Smith Center. Chancellor Carol Folt said Guskiewicz, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Exercise and Sport Science and senior associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, inspires others to think in new ways about safer play.

Purdue researchers develop new battery material

Researchers at Purdue University are developing a method to mass-produce a new type of nanomaterial for advanced sensors and batteries, with an eye toward manufacturing in the Midwest. The project, funded with a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, focuses on creating a nanomanufacturing method that is scalable, or capable of mass production at low cost.