1. Director of the U-M Economic Growth Institute Speaks to Capitol Hill

    Mark Rivett posted April 11, 2018
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    Paula Sorrel in DC

    Paula Sorrell is the Director of the Economic Growth Institute at the University of Michigan.
    (Photo by Mike Waring, Washington Office)

    Paula Sorrell, director of the U-M Economic Growth Institute, speaks to a Capitol Hill briefing in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday about the benefits of a U.S. Department of Defense-funded program coordinated by the institute that assists small and medium-sized defense supply manufacturers in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. The Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program has had an outstanding record of keeping many of these companies alive and thriving.

  2. Schlissel, Walberg remarks highlight Congressional Breakfast

    Mark Rivett posted March 7, 2018

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    President Mark Schlissel told a Washington, D.C., audience Wednesday that the university continues to have a huge impact on the state with its research activity.

    Speaking to the 67th annual University of Michigan Congressional Breakfast, Schlissel pointed to the $1.5 billion in research expenditures last year and said many new ideas are coming as a result of that work.

    Dan Kildee, Grace Meng, Schlissel, Debbie Dingell

    President Mark Schlissel with some of the members of Congress who attended the annual U-M Congressional Breakfast. From left: Reps. Dan Kildee and Grace Meng, Schlissel and Rep. Debbie Dingell. (Photo by Laura Meyer)

    “Over the past fiscal year, our research led to 444 new inventions and 172 U.S. patents,” Schlissel said. “We also continued our decade-long trend of launching an average of one startup company per month based on discoveries made by our faculty and their students.”

    Schlissel also discussed other current topics, including sexual misconduct.

    “Our entire community shares a commitment to look each other in the eye and say that we simply won’t tolerate these types of behaviors at U-M,” he said.
    Representitive Tim Walberg

    Rep. Tim Walberg delivers the keynote address at the annual Congressional Breakfast. (Photo by Laura Meyer)

    The president also discussed initiatives to enhance free speech and civil discourse on campus.

    Keynote speaker Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, complimented the university for its leadership on technology, and in particular sang the praises of its research on autonomous vehicles conducted at Mcity on North Campus.

    “Mcity is truly one of a kind,” Walberg said. “We need more collaborations like this between academia, government and industry.”

    Walberg also lauded the work U-M is doing to improve open and thoughtful dialogue between people of differing political viewpoints.

    Other members of Congress who attended the event included Republican Reps. Jack Bergman of Watersmeet and Mike Bishop of Rochester; Democratic Reps. Debbie Dingell of Dearborn, Dan Kildee of Flint, Brenda Lawrence of Southfield, and Grace Meng of New York; along with U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan.

    The annual breakfast is sponsored by the U-M Club of Greater Washington. Proceeds from the breakfast help provide scholarship support to D.C.-area students who want to attend U-M.

    Author: Michael A. Waring

    Director of the Washington, D.C. Office | mwaring@umich.edu | 202-554-0630

  3. Schlissel addresses immigration, endowments at annual D.C. breakfast

    Mark Rivett posted March 8, 2017

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    President Mark Schlissel talks with U.S. Sen. Gary Peters

    President Mark Schlissel talks with U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (left) at the annual U-M Congressional Breakfast in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. (Photo by Brandon Ebenhoeh)

    President Mark Schlissel told a Washington, D.C., audience Wednesday that the University of Michigan continues its longtime commitment to be a leading international community of scholars.

    Speaking at the 66th annual U-M Congressional Breakfast, Schlissel said the university’s ability to attract the best students and faculty from around the globe “enhances our teaching, learning, research and societal impact” and is a major reason for U-M’s standing as an outstanding research university.

    Schlissel said U-M is working with other universities to make sure foreign students and faculty can continue to enrich the excellence of U-M.

    “This is also an issue of competitiveness for our state,” he added. “Preparation for that competition requires our students to have the skills and experiences best acquired through collaboration with diverse groups of people.”
    Debbie Dingell

    U.S. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, delivered keynote remarks, urging alumni and others to work with people from diverse backgrounds to develop solutions to the problems facing our nation. (Photo by Brandon Ebenhoeh)

    Schlissel also urged lawmakers to help preserve U-M’s ability to use a “conservative approach” to successfully manage its endowments and protect donor choices. Congress is considering legislation that could potentially have an impact on such endowments.

    In her remarks as keynote speaker, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, who represents the Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses, saluted the university as it celebrates its bicentennial, but also called upon U-M and its alumni to stand up for resolving the major issues facing the nation.

    “For 200 years, the University of Michigan has brought diverse members of our community together to have difficult discussions, to debate and to find solutions to the problems we face as a society — to lift each other up and strengthen lives and communities,” said Dingell. “All U-M alumni who are here in D.C. not only make a difference, but have a responsibility to make a difference.”

    Other members of Congress in attendance included Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, along with U.S. Reps. Dan Kildee, D-Flint; John Moolenaar, R-Midland; Dave Trott, R-Birmingham; and Ted Deutch, D-Florida.

    The Congressional Breakfast is sponsored by the U-M Club of Greater Washington, with all proceeds going toward scholarships for D.C.-area students who attend Michigan. More than 300 people attended this year’s event, which also marked the official D.C. observance of U-M’s bicentennial.

    Author: Michael A. Waring

    Director of the Washington, D.C. Office | mwaring@umich.edu | 202-554-0630

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