1. UMDC Holds Event on Space and Science Policy

    Mark Rivett posted October 12, 2020

    On Tuesday, October 6th, the University of Michigan Club of Greater Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the U-M DC office, hosted a virtual panel discussion about space policy.

    Thomas H. Zurbuchen (right) presenting slides during his keynote address

    U-M’s Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering Alec Gallimore provided introductory remarks, including an overview of the cutting-edge research being conducted by the College of Engineering. The event featured a keynote address by NASA Associate Administrator and former U-M Professor Thomas H. Zurbuchen, where he discussed the state of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and the importance of STEM education. Dr. Zurbuchen invited a former student, Joan Ervin, to discuss how her U-M education uniquely prepared her for her current professional role.

    The keynote address was followed by a panel discussion moderated by U-M’s Samuel A. Graham Dean of the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) Dean Jonathan Overpeck, and featured Dr. Zurbuchen, as well as Dean Alec Gallimore, U-M SEAS Professor and Dean Emerita Rosina Bierbaum, and Head of Airbus’s U.S. Space Systems and U-M alumna Debra Facktor. The panelists answered questions about the future of space missions, the current projects they are involved in, and how the path towards decreased carbon emissions may look. Panelists discussed the ways that research can be transferred into private sector innovation, and Debra Facktor mentioned the impact that reusable launch materials from companies like SpaceX could impact the future of the space industry.

  2. Ann Arbor City Clerk opens satellite office in Collaboration with University of Michigan Museum of Art

    Mark Rivett posted September 24, 2020

    In the first two days, the satellite office has processed over 400 voter registrations.

    Read article on Michigan Daily

    Read more at UMMA Vote 2020

    Read article on Click On Detroit

    In the lead up to the 2020 US Presidential Election and beyond, The University of Michigan Art Museum (UMMA) is handing over space and resources in the name of civic duty and engagement. Working closely with partners on several projects, UMMA is turning an art museum into an election hub.

    Christina Olsen, Director of the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)

    “Art museums, and campus art museums especially, are uniquely positioned to drive national dialogue around the issues that matter most in the world today,” said UMMA Director Christina Olsen. “We’ve been working to make good on that potential all year and we are excited to work with these partners to offer our space to the city of Ann Arbor to transform the museum into a true election hub and powerful site for democracy.”

    Most noticeably, this will take the form of converting the Museum’s street-facing glass-walled Stenn gallery into a satellite Ann Arbor City Clerk’s office. U-M Students, Faculty, and Staff will be able to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and vote early at UMMA every weekday between Sept. 24 and election day. The office also makes the work of administering the election and managing voter rolls and absentee ballots a publicly visible, transparent undertaking.

    Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson visited the site on Tuesday, September 22nd.

    Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson

    Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson

    “City clerks are stepping up this year to develop important partnerships with community leaders and grassroots organizations all around the state to make voting accessible and secure, ensuring that every vote is counted and every voice is heard,” Benson said.

    Satellite office hours

    • Sept. 22-Oct. 23: Weekdays 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
      (with voter registration only for the first two days until absentee voting begins Sept. 24)
    • Oct. 24-Nov. 1: Weekdays 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturdays 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Nov. 2: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Nov. 3: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

  3. URC Legislative Forum Series: Understanding Tech Transfer’s Role in Solving COVID-19 Challenges

    Mark Rivett posted September 23, 2020

    Virtual Event
    Tuesday, September 29, 2020
    9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

    Join leaders from Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, the three universities that make up Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC) on a virtual forum to hear how URC tech transfer responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, advances industries and drives our economy forward, even in uncertainty.

    Partnering with the MSU Institute for Public Policy and Social Research and the U-M Wolverine Caucus, Michigan Entrepreneurs, Inventors and transfer leaders from the three universities will discuss:

    • Emerging COVID-19 startups: who they are and how they help
    • University Tech Transfer: What is it, and why you should care
    • What’s happening nationally and how Michigan stacks up
    • What Michigan needs to do to compete and keep innovation in our state

    Click HERE to RSVP by Friday, September 25
    Questions? Please contact Lynne Small (517) 999-4007

    Peter Falzon, President and CEO, Ripple Science Corporation
    Jack Lipton, Chair and Professor of MSU Department of Translational Neuroscience
    Braden Robison, Chief Operations Officer, Seraph Biosciences, LLC
    Joan Dunbar, Associate Vice President, Research, Wayne State University
    Kelly Sexton, Associate Vice President for Research – Technology Transfer and Innovation Partnerships, University of Michigan
    Rich Chylla, Executive Director, MSU Technologies

    Britany Affolter-Caine, Executive Director, Michigan’s University Research Corridor

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