News, Events & Information - Ann Arbor, Michigan

The Government Relations Office reports news from the three cities in which its staff is located;
Ann Arbor,   Lansing, Michigan   and   Washington, D.C.

Michigan Govenor Rick Snyder holding a tee shirt

MEZ Teams make it to State Championship for FIRST Robotics


Located in the University of Michigan’s Detroit Center, the Michigan Engineering Zone (MEZ) gives Detroit students the knowledge and tools they need to propel themselves to higher education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The MEZ sent two teams to the FIRST in Michigan State Championship for robotics. Team 5478, the Doughbots, were interviewed by Detroit Public Television. They had the opportunity to meet and take pictures with Dean Kamen (Founder FIRST Robotics) & Governor Rick Snyder who both signed the team's robots and were given a Pershing shirt, MEZ shirt & MEZ button.

Team 5532 interviewed for the All Star Rookie Award. Both rookie teams did a great job and made everyone at MEZ proud. MEZ website

One Day Closer with Lloyd Carr, May 9

One of Ann Arbor’s most exciting educational events. One Day Closer gives individuals and families an up-close look at one of the world’s leading cancer research facilities, and what its internationally-recognized scientists and colleagues are doing to discover the cure for cancer.

Translational Oncology Program (TOP) scientists will donate their time on Saturday, May 9 to get one day closer to a cure for cancer. Join them for seminars, tours, and interactive learning on this special day of research with opening remarks by former Michigan football head coach Lloyd Carr.. Come and learn about the discoveries made in TOP laboratories at U-M and help move us one day closer. Advance registration is recommended and can be done at

U-M, U Victoria Partner on HPC for High Energy Physics Research

Physicists at the University of Michigan and the University of Victoria in Canada have implemented a multi-site supercomputing project to help them share massive volumes of data with the CERN Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland and 100 computing centers around the world.

In 2015, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN will begin "colliding elements at the highest highest energies ever achieved in a particle accelerator," according to a news release. Physicists at the University of Michigan and the University of Victoria will use the data from CERN to help discover new particles and forces. Read more

Mt. Elliott Employment District Project

On April 23rd, 2014, thirteen (13) UM Urban Planning students from the Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning presented their project, Forging a Future: Recommendations for Strengthening Detroit’s Mt. Elliott Employment District to an interested audience at the headquarters of Detroit Chassis. UM was contacted by officials from the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) to “develop recommendations for improving the economy and increasing jobs within this specific geographical area”. The Mt. Elliott Employment district was one of seven (7) “employment districts” defined in the Detroit Future City Strategic Framework Plan completed in 2012.

In attendance that day was Michael Rein, Associate Director of State Outreach along with representatives from the DEGC, Detroit Land Bank Authority, Michigan State University, Detroit Chassis, Focus: HOPE, with other community agencies and stake holders from the immediate area. The students were advised by UM’s Dr. June Manning and Eric Dueweke during the course of their work on the Mt. Elliott project. View Project PDF (40.66MB)

U-M releases online tool to help cities in Great Lakes region plan for climate impacts

Lisa Pappas,ANN ARBOR - Reduced water availability and quality, floods and problems related to heat stress are some of the potential impacts cities face with a changing climate.
Housed within the Graham Sustainability Institute, the Climate Center produced the new online Cities Impact Assessment Tool (CIAT) as part of its efforts to provide practical information and resources to support climate adaptation in North America's Great Lakes region. The Kresge Foundation funded development of the tool, which was pre-released to six regional pilot locations: Ann Arbor, Mich.; Dayton, Ohio; Flint, Mich.; Kingston, Ontario; Toledo, Ohio; and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Read story

3 students repairing a home

Alternative Spring Break Students Volunteer with Carriage Town Ministries

By Alicia Gillman. The 2014 Alternative Spring Break Board, now known as the Alternative Breaks Committee, wanted to pilot a STAY-cation program that would provide a “traditional ASB experience” for ten UM-Flint students.
With the help of a $5,000 grant from Southwest Airlines, ASB was able to purchase enough drywall for the entire transition home and we spent the entire week hanging it. Carriage Town Ministries is a non-profit organization that serves the Flint community year round, providing meals, shelter, clothing, medical care and more to the homeless and hungry. Read Article

The UM3D Lab offers a wide range of Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing technologies

The lab now has a new collection of 3D Printers that are free for U-M students to use, open-access, and easy to operate. All you need to get started is a material cartridge, an STL file and registration into the reservation system. Learn more

Jim Kosteva, Director of Community Relations, tells about "some of the community economic impacts of the university in Ann Arbor."

Answering a February 10, 2013 article in the Ann newspaper about acquisition of property by the University of Michigan and the resultant tax base, Director Kosteva shows that there are many positives to the city and the community from U-M growth. Read both articles including charts here.


U-M Highlights Sustainability Achievements in Multimedia Report. The University of Michigan shows immense growth and engagement in sustainability education, research and operations, according to a new report designed to track and measure progress. More

Learn More About Stem Cell Research

The University of Michigan has recently emerged as a national leader in the three main types of stem cell research: embryonic, adult, and reprogrammed cells known as iPS stem cells. At the U-M Center for Stem Cell Research you will find information on stem cell research, events, and videos.

North Campus Research Complex

From vacant to vibrant: 2,000th person moves to U-M's new research campus as more scientists are recruited. U-M has transformed a vacant former pharmaceutical company campus into a vibrant hub for research . More here