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September 11, 2015



University climbs to gold rating for sustainability performance

The University of Michigan's sustainability performance has moved up to a gold rating by the international Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System. The new rating is an improvement from the university's previous silver rating in 2012. U-M is one of 80 institutions earning a gold rating.

$3.5 million to mix supercomputer simulations with big data

The National Science Foundation will provide $2.42 million to develop a unique facility for refining complex, physics-based computer models with big data techniques at U-M. The university will provide an additional $1.04 million. The project could lead to immediate advances in a range of scientific fields.

ITS urges return to MWireless; connectivity issues resolved

Information and Technology Services says WiFi connectivity issues on Central Campus and some North Campus buildings have been resolved, and it is urging users to resume use of MWireless. The temporary network name Open MWireless will be transitioned from service and eventually shut off.


U-M Police Officer Kaitlin Deslatte hands out information about the services available at the Division of Public Safety and Security during Festifall, the annual student information fair Thursday that drew throngs to the Central Campus Diag, where a wide variety of organizations had booths and provided information. (Photo by Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography)

UM-Flint starts entrepreneurship, innovation management major

The UM-Flint School of Management is unveiling a new major this fall in entrepreneurship and innovation management. It covers an array of issues, such as product design, business startups, technological innovation, marketing research, project management and negotiation skills.


Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis' "religious objection to same-sex marriage affords her no more legal or moral basis to hold office as clerk but refuse to do her job than would a religious objection to interracial marriage," said Samuel Bagenstos, professor of law.

New Republic

Max Shtein, associate professor of materials science and engineering, discussed the solar cells he developed with Matthew Shlian, a lecturer of art and design, and which were inspired by kirigami — the ancient Japanese art of paper cutting.

National Geographic

"If we can identify risks during pregnancy that can be treated, such as obstructive sleep apnea, we can reduce the incidence of small babies, C-sections and possibly NICU [neonatal intensive care unit] admission that not only improve long-term health benefits for newborns but also help keep costs down," said Louise O'Brien, research associate professor of neurology and obstetrics and gynecology.



Reversing opioid overdoses

Gina Dahlem, clinical assistant professor of nursing, is helping Washtenaw County in its effort to combat opioid overdoses. She has led several training sessions to educate law enforcement officers and other first responders on identifying opioid overdoses and how to administer naloxone, a medication used to reverse them.


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