Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Dr. Sandro Galea, director of the new U-M Center for Global Health, discusses the goals for the center and why people should care about global health.

Federal stimulus funds have provided $61.1 million to U-M so far
The federal stimulus package has funded 159 research grants, totaling $61.1 million, for U-M as of Monday. That includes 113 National Institutes of Health stimulus awards, more than any other university or college in the country. The grants will support a variety of basic science, biomedical, engineering and alternative-energy projects.

A time of scary opportunity for the region’s economy
While Michigan’s economy has taken a powerful blow over the past several years, Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest is not pessimistic. In a recent essay, Forrest says we have a “once-in-a-century chance” to take bold action during these scary times to transform the region and its long-term standing in the global economy.

Childhood obesity increases as adult’s No. 1 health concern for children
Concern about childhood obesity is increasing, and for the first time all three major ethnic groups — whites, blacks and Hispanics — consider it the No. 1 concern for children in the United States. The C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health shows the proportion of adults who believe childhood obesity is a big problem has increased from 35 percent in 2008 to 42 percent in 2009.

The Michigan Difference

No business like show business
Andrew Dowdle received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1997 with his eye on Wall Street. But he always had an interest in movies, which he shared with his brother, John. One day he decided a motion picture career wasn’t the pipe dream he had assumed it must be, and decided to take his shot. Now he’s using the business acumen he developed at U-M to produce films with his brother.