DTE Energy Offers Training For Electric Operations Jobs

DETROIT — DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is starting a new Boot Camp to train veterans and others to become employees in the company’s electric operations area.

The Combined Distribution Boot Camp will be from June 23 to July 25 at the Michigan Institute of Aviation and Tecnology in Canton Township. There are 30 available seats for training with a potential for employment upon the training’s completion.

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UM Study: Parents Guilty As Anyone Of Distracted Driving

ANN ARBOR — Despite their precious cargo, parents are no less likely to engage in driving distractions like cell phone use than drivers from the general population, according to a new University of Michigan study published in Academic Pediatrics.

The study found that 90 percent of parent drivers said they engaged in at least one of the 10 distractions examined in the study while their child was a passenger and the vehicle was moving, says lead author Michelle L. Macy, M.D., an emergency medicine physician at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

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MSU-Sponsored Vex Robotics Team From Haslett Is Champ

EAST LANSING — Chalk up another championship robotics team from Michigan.

Haslett High School’s Haslett Vex Raptors MSU beat out 430 teams from 27 countries and brought home the Vex Robotics World Championship Excellence Award in Anaheim, Calif., over the weekend.

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DTE-ESD Energy Conference Returning To Novi May 6

SOUTHFIELD — Hundreds of energy experts and contractors are expected to gather May 6 for the 17th annual DTE Energy – Engineering Society of Detroit Energy Conference and Exhibition.

The event begins with breakfast and networking at 7:30 a.m. An exhibit hall featuring more than 100 exhibitors opens at 8 a.m., and educational programs, keynotes and panel discussions run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The venue is the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi.

The event will focus on energy efficiency and the latest in energy technologies for building owners and managers in the private and public sectors, as well as owners of small businesses and institutions.

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UM Poll Finds Some Parents Let Tots Have Too Much Screen Time

ANN ARBOR — About 25 percent of parents who have children ages 2 to 5 say their children get three or more hours of entertainment screen time a day, well beyond recommended limits, according to a new poll from the University of Michigan.

In the latest University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, a little more than half of those parents do try to set some limits by location: banning media devices from places like the bedroom or at mealtime.

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LTU Named National Organizer For World Robot Olympiad

SOUTHFIELD — Lawrence Technological University has been named the national organizer for the United States for the World Robot Olympiad Association, which runs a global Lego robotics competition that draws participants from around the world.

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Algae-Based Chemical Company Raises $3M

NORTHVILLE — Algal Scientific Corp., a developer and manufacturer of algae-based chemicals and related technologies for the food and beverage industries, announced that it has completed a $3 million financing led by Evonik Ventures, Formation8 Partners, and Independence Equity.

Algal CEO and chief science officer Geoff Horst said the funding would allow the company to begin commercial-scale production and sale of Algamune. That’s the company’s algae-based version of beta-1,3-glucan, a compound used in livestock production, human foods and neutraceuticals to support a healthy immune system.

Said Horst: “Beta-1,3-glucan has been researched for years, but until now it has been too expensive for most livestock applications. Our product can provide higher efficacy and consistency than ever before, with a lower cost, and offers a real alternative to the overuse of antibiotics in food production.”

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Construction Resumes At Consumers Energy Cross Winds

CARO — Baseball, robins and golf. Now you can add another sign of spring to the Michigan calendar — seeing trucks carrying wind turbine parts.

Jackson-based Consumers Energy announced Monday that construction has resumed on its Cross Winds Energy Park in Tuscola County in Michigan’s thumb.

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Virta Laboratories Wins Ann Arbor Spark’s Best of Boot Camp

ANN ARBOR — A novel way to detect malware and other anomalies on medical devices was awarded Best of Boot Camp at the conclusion of Ann Arbor Spark’s 24th Entrepreneurial Boot Camp.

As Best of Boot Camp winner, Virta Laboratories received membership to the New Enterprise Forum and an NEF coaching team for one year as well as an engagement with the Ann Arbor Spark business accelerator.

Virta was chosen as winner by a panel of investors and industry experts who rated Boot Camp participants’ pitches.

Virta delivers malware and anomaly detection on medical devices and process control systems by non-intrusively measuring the power consumption patterns of the machines being protected. The increasing reliance on commodity operating systems for modern devices has also opened them to a greater chance of attack, leaving many devices vulnerable to a variety of malware.

Virta helps its customers in early detection, while avoiding interference with the functions of the devices by doing the measurements “at the wall.” The Virta Labs team includes strong technical members with advanced degrees from MIT, UC Berkeley, UMass Amherst and the University of Minnesota.

Ann Arbor Spark’s Entrepreneurial Boot Camp process quickly and effectively validates and focuses an entrepreneur’s business idea. Compared to other entrepreneur education programs that focus on teaching how to write a business plan, Boot Camp gives business founders the tools to decide if their idea is worth executing.

Ten teams and 40 volunteers participated in Ann Arbor SPARK’s Entrepreneurial Boot Camp. A bi-annual program, Boot Camp has assisted more than 300 companies since 2002.

Ann Arbor Spark will host its next Entrepreneurial Boot Camp in October. More at http://www.annarborusa.org.

Domino’s Cooks Up New Ordering App

ANN ARBOR — Ann Arbor-based Domino’s Pizza (NYSE: DPZ) Monday rolled out a new ordering app for the iPad.

Included are new graphics and a new custom pizza builder.

Domino’s says digital ordering now accounts for 40 percent of its sales in the United States.

The new app will offer users access to the full national menu, coupon search and a-based store locator. It will also allow direct access to track an order using Domino’s Tracker, the company’s industry-exclusive digital order tracker, and Pizza Profiles, which allows customers the ability to save information and reorder their favorite order in as little as five clicks, or about 30 seconds.

The Domino’s app is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at http://www.itunes.com/appstore.

Founded in 1960, Domino’s Pizza has more than 10,800 stores in over 70 international markets, and 2013 global sales of $8 billion.