How Michigan is winning the race in connected technology

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By Leslie D. Green in Crain’s Detroit Business Do more in less time. Arrive at destinations quicker and safer. Improve work-life balance. These wants have fueled thousands of years of invention and progress, including the advent of the horse-drawn carriage, automobile, rocket ship and Internet. Today’s mobility innovations have experts predicting solutions with near-future technology previously seen only in science fiction. Consider: Safer roads that adjust based on vehicle communications and traffic patterns, dramatically reducing the number of auto-related fatalities; Pods that deliver a person from one destination to another; and Integrated technologies that would predict when a household will…

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Report: MSU, UM, Wayne State spent $1.2 billion on health sciences research in 2015

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New report shows impact of Michigan research universities on jobs, spinoff companies By Lindsay Vanhulle in Crain’s Detroit Business Michigan’s top research universities together spent $1.2 billion on research and development in health and life sciences in 2015, according to a new report. Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University — collectively known as the University Research Corridor — also created, on average, a new spinoff in the sector every other month for the past five years and are responsible for nearly 45 percent of Michigan’s health or life sciences degrees from 2011 to 2015. The research…

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Register Now for the Human Factors Engineering Short Course from U-M’s Integrative Systems + Design

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U-M’s Integrative Systems + Design program is offering a July/August short course on Human Factors Engineering. Taught by 13 human factors experts, the course provides experience and training in usability testing, user-centered design, and user interface evaluation pertinent to a wide range of industries. The program is available July 24-29 and July 31-August 4. Registrants can sign up for one or both weeks. Programs consist of 14 seminars and workshops, all while networking with colleagues from a wide range of industries. U-M has been offering the program for 57 years now, and with the continued emergence of new user-computer interfaces,…

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IRLEE refocuses effort on economic growth, takes new name

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By Alex Piazza Office of Research A University of Michigan institute is reviewing its goals and objectives in an effort to foster innovation and create positive economic impact for communities and economies nationwide. As part of its reassessment, the Economic Growth Institute replaces the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy, a widely recognized leader in economic development, industry support, advanced manufacturing and jobs forecasting. Paula Sorrell, who joined U-M in January as director of the Economic Growth Institute, is leading the reassessment. Sorrell is responsible for overseeing operations of the institute and directing strategy to guide its…

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ExxonMobil continues legacy of giving with $274,000 matching gifts check to U-M

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Paul Sanford, ExxonMobil’s Refining and Supply Controller, got to come home last month. A U-M alum (BBA ‘81), Paul returns to campus regularly for MBA recruiting and family visits (both of his parents and two of his siblings are U-M alums.  Both siblings live in the Ann Arbor area), but this time his visit to campus was work related. Paul met with Stella Wixom, Executive Director of the Business Engagement Center (BEC), to present ExxonMobil’s matching gift check to the University of Michigan for $274,433.  This gift comprises ExxonMobil Foundation’s generous 3:1 match of contributions from ExxonMobil employees, retirees, directors,…

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Gift extends Dow Sustainability Fellows Program through 2020

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By Laura Lessnau Michigan News and Pam Stout Office of University Development A new $3 million gift from the Dow Chemical Co. Foundation to the Dow Sustainability Fellows Program at the University of Michigan will enable fellows to continue implementing sustainable solutions for food systems, cities, infrastructure, mobility, consumption and energy systems from Michigan to Sub-Saharan Africa. The gift supplements the company’s initial $10 million donation that established the program at U-M in 2012 — a landmark, breakthrough collaboration offering a unique graduate-level interdisciplinary training and project experience. The gift secures funding for the program through 2020. “Dow is pleased…

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Toyota Motor North America Research and Development 40th Anniversary and Grand Opening Ceremony

Toyota Supports Its Community

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Executives from Toyota Motor North America Research & Development in York Township were on hand at the grand opening of their new Supplier Center and Prototype Development facility to unveil more than just their new facility. Toyota’s commitment to the community was a key element in the day’s events. One of the donations presented will help connect communities, provide greater access, and facilitate mobility, all corporate priorities for Toyota. Their $50,000 gift helps complete the Matthaei Botanical Gardens Trail, finishing a 6-year project to connect Matthaei Botanical Gardens with the Washtenaw County Border-to-Border Trail system.  The new two-mile, off-road paved trail parallel to Dixboro…

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