Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, August 24, 2009

Security officer Josh Smith reviews the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital security program with Jaime Brown. (Photo by Scott Galvin/U-M Photo Services)

C.S. Mott, families partner for security program
When Catrina Lanum brought her child to C.S. Mott Children's Hospital for a kidney biopsy, she was impressed with the tight security. What Lanum experienced is not a coincidence. Mott's security program is the outcome of a partnership between Security and Entrance Services and Patient Family Centered Care, with input from Mott families.

Anheuser-Busch to drop U-M beer can campaign
After multiple discussions with U-M attorneys, Anheuser-Busch has decided to suspend a planned campaign that would have featured maize and blue beer cans throughout the state of Michigan. The university has a strict policy of not permitting its name or logo on anything that promotes the use of alcohol, says U-M spokesperson Kelly Cunningham.

Axinn appointed director of ISR Survey Research Center
Sociologist William Axinn, whose research interests include demography, social change and intergenerational family relationships in the United States and South Asia, will serve as director of the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research. He replaces Bob Groves, who left this spring to become director of the U.S. Bureau of the Census.

PODCAST: When collecting becomes a compulsive hoarding disorder
Do you hoard items or are you a Spartan who throws everything away? Assistant Psychology Professor Stephanie Preston explains what motivates both behaviors and how each trait relates to survival, planning, anxiety, fear and a need to boost status.

The Michigan Difference

Forests and the future
Researchers led by Don Zak, a professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, have turned time forward about 40 years in the northern woods of Michigan. Zak and his colleagues, featured in the spring issue of Stewards, have found that northern hardwood forests absorb more heat-trapping carbon dioxide when exposed to rates of atmospheric nitrogen deposition expected to occur by 2050 across the upper Great Lakes region.