1. Central Campus Storm Water Infiltration System

    Mark Rivett posted April 23, 2018

    The objectives of storm water management include controlling stream and river bank erosion, improving water quality, and controlling flooding. To achieve these objectives, the volume, flow rate, and pollutant load of runoff leaving a site after development must be controlled. The U-M meets these objectives by building a coordinated network of structural and non-structural storm water control measures that work together to reduce, convey, and treat storm water runoff.

    The University of Michigan is installing an underground storm water infiltration system on Central Campus this summer. This project will provide benefits to the environment, the university, and the city. U-M elected to install this infiltration system to reduce the likelihood of flooding, free up capacity in the university’s and City of Ann Arbor’s storm water systems, and protect the Huron River water quality.

    The project is located under the lawn between State Street, Angell Hall and Tisch Hall, and Alumni Memorial Hall. Construction will begin shortly after commencement and is scheduled to be completed in fall 2018.

    What and where:

    • An underground storm water infiltration system will be constructed east of State Street under the lawn area west of Angell Hall and Alumni Memorial Hall.
    • Buildings in this area have historically flooded when runoff overwhelms the Allen Creek Drain and associated City of Ann Arbor storm sewer system, which includes the storm sewer outlet for the university’s Diag storm water piping system.
    • With this project, nine acres of storm water flow from the west side of the Diag will be redirected to the infiltration system.

    This project is not required to meet any permit conditions. It is being installed electively to:

    • Reduce the likelihood of flooding at Tisch Hall and other university infrastructure beyond a 100-year, 24-hour storm event
    • Free up capacity in the university’s and City of Ann Arbor’s storm water systems
    • Reduce flows to Allen Creek Drain
    • Replenish groundwater

    Benefits to city and community:

    • Free up capacity in the City of Ann Arbor’s storm water system, which will reduce the likelihood of flooding
    • Improve water quality by removing sediment and nutrients that would otherwise flow to the Huron River and ultimately Lake Erie

    Basic info on how the infiltration system works:

    • Water will flow through a sediment trap before reaching the basin. The basin will consist of concrete arches with a hollow bottom atop a gravel base that allows water to soak into the ground.
    • The system can accommodate approximately 750,000 gallons of water at a time, which equates to 1.75 feet of water covering a football field.
    Ingalls Mall infiltration basin

    U-M installed an underground infiltration basin in conjunction with a utility and hardscape upgrade project in Ingalls Mall just south of E. Washington Street. The basin location has well-draining sandy soil, which allows for complete infiltration of the 100-year, 24-hour design storm from the drainage area.

    Project and construction information:

    • The estimated cost of the project is $4,500,000. Funding will be provided from Utilities resources and investment proceeds.
    • Construction will begin shortly after graduation and be completed in fall 2018.
    • The project is phased to avoid interference with the State Street Art Fair.
    • Although there will be a temporary loss of street parking spaces during construction, there will be no permanent impact on parking.

    Related info:

    Andrew Berki

    Director, University of Michigan Office of Campus Sustainability | aberki@umich.edu | 734-647-3120

  2. Wolverine Caucus: At Michigan – Robotics is a Team Sport!

    Mark Rivett posted March 23, 2018

    Tuesday, April 17, 2018

    Featured speaker: Professor Jessy Grizzle, UM College of Engineering, and fellow Robotics faculty and students

    MI State Capitol Building, Speaker’s Library, 2nd Floor
    100 N. Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933
    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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    Robot Cassie Blue

    U-M Robot “Cassie Blue”

    Come and meet “Cassie Blue” – the University of Michigan Robot that will be visiting the State Capitol. You’ll have a chance to interact with UM’s Robotics Institute students and faculty – and experience the enthusiasm of these technology wizards who are innovating the future! We’ll share incredibly interesting stories about the work of our Robotics team – and give you a first-hand peak into what the future holds! We know you’ll want to meet this very down-to-earth, fun, and inspiring group of people, and did we mention that there will be robots?!

    Professor Jessy Grizzle Jessy W. Grizzle is the Director of the Michigan Robotics Institute. He received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1983. He is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, where he holds the titles of the Elmer Gilbert Distinguished University Professor and the Jerry and Carol Levin Professor of Engineering. He jointly holds sixteen patents dealing with emissions reduction in passenger vehicles through improved control system design. Professor Grizzle is an award-winning member of our faculty, receiving numerous and prestigious recognitions for his innovative work. His focus on bipedal locomotion has been featured on CNN, ESPN, Discovery Channel, The Economist, Wired Magazine, Discover Magazine, Scientific American and Popular Mechanics.

    Author: Veronica A. W. Johnson, Ph.D

    Director of the Lansing Service Center | veronicj@umich.edu | 517-372-7801

  3. Wolverine Caucus: Supporting Success for the Children of Flint

    Mark Rivett posted March 13, 2018

    UM-Flint Champions Early Childhood Education

    Tuesday, March 13, 2018

    Featured speaker: H. Luke Shaefer , UM School of Social Work

    MI Senate Binsfeld Office Building, Room 5550, 5th Floor
    201 Townsend St., Lansing, MI 48933
    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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    In the aftermath of the historic Flint, Michigan water crisis, many have asked what will become of Flint’s children. While it is clear that immediate interven- tions needed to be done to provide safe, lead-free drinking water and healthcare resources for Flint’s residents and their children, stopping there would not have been enough. Policymakers and community leaders recognized that the health, well-being and education of Flint’s children to support their future success was critically important. In the face of the crisis, and not surprisingly, all agreed that a spirit of collaboration among public and private partners focused on early child- hood education should be a high priority.

    UM-Flint Dean Robert Barnett and Amy Hesse, from the University of Michigan- Flint School of Education and Human Services, have helped to lead this effort, identifying methods and implementing strategies alongside community partners that are combating the effects of lead, and helping to educate Flint’s children. Please join us as we engage Dean Barnett and Director Hesse in this important and meaningful discussion while they share their model for Early Childhood Education in Flint that will have implications for success-driven results for chil- dren across Michigan and beyond!

    Dean Bob Barnett

    Prior to his appointment as Dean in 2014, Bob Barnett served the UM-Flint School of Education and Human Services for many years. He also served as Associate Dean at the UM-Flint College of Arts and Sciences and is a professor of rhetoric and composition in the Department of English. Barnett has a B.A. in English from Alma College, M.A. in English from Central Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition from the University of Nevada-Reno.

    He has published academic articles on classroom theory and practice, writing program administration, writing center administration, and most recently on general education reform. He also has published three books in the areas of writing center administration, writing across the curriculum theory and practice, and general education reform. He has presented at numerous regional, national, and international conferences.

    Barnett is also the co-author of an original musical play on the life of American poet Allen Ginsberg, HOWL, and a collection of original poems, The Ghosts of Hallelujah Junction.

    Administrator Amy Hesse

    Amy Hesse serves as the Central Administrator for UM-Flint’s Early Childhood Devel- opment Center. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Amy served the University of Central Florida for four years as the Director of the Educational Research Center for Child Development. Preceding her appointment in Florida, she served Michigan’s Great Start systems and early childhood education programs for many years. Amy is a native of Michigan and has a B.A. and M.A. in Education from Western Governors University.

    Author: Veronica A. W. Johnson, Ph.D

    Director of the Lansing Service Center | veronicj@umich.edu | 517-372-7801

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