Higher ed briefs


News from other Michigan public universities and U-M peer institutions across the nation.


CMU’s undergraduate neuroscience program top in nation

Central Michigan University’s undergraduate neuroscience program has been selected as the 2013 Undergraduate Program of the Year by the Society for Neuroscience, the world’s largest organization of scientists and physicians devoted to understanding the brain and nervous system. The award recognizes excellence in educating neuroscientists and providing an innovative model.

Wayne State University to offer degrees at Schoolcraft College

A new bachelor’s and master’s degree partnership program with Wayne State University and Schoolcraft College in Livonia will begin in the fall of 2014. Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson said WSU wants to offer classes when and where it’s convenient for students. He said the program would give WSU a presence in another part of metro Detroit and create an opportunity for more people to earn degrees in business and engineering.

WMU wins transportation research center grant

A multidisciplinary team of Western Michigan University researchers led by civil and construction engineers has received a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to create one of 33 transportation research centers at colleges across the country. The grant is for year one with the possibility of renewal for three additional years.


UCLA launches military medicine center

The University of Southern California, Los Angeles, has launched the first university-based military medicine center on the West Coast. The Ronald A. Katz Center for Collaborative Military Medicine at UCLA, established by an initial $2 million gift from Todd and Randy Katz and their families, will work with the U.S. military to address the challenges of healing and caring for the nation’s most critically wounded warriors.

Minnesota first to install ultrafast microscope

The University of Minnesota will be the first in the world to install a new FEI Tecnai Femto ultrafast electron microscope that will be used to examine the dynamics of materials at the atomic and molecular scale over time spans measured in femtoseconds — one millionth of a billionth of a second. Researchers expect the technology will enable them to conduct research that could lead to new solutions in energy, medicine and digital technologies.

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