Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, October 29, 2009

David Weir (left), associate director of the Survey Research Center, testifies before the House Judiciary Committee investigating legal issues related to head injuries in the National Football League. Weir, who spoke Wednesday, is the lead author of an Institute for Social Research study on the health of retired NFL players. Seated next to Weir is George Martin, executive director of the NFL Alumni Association. Click on the picture for a story about Weir’s testimony. (Photo by Mike Waring)

U-M Solar Car Team finishes third in Australian race
For the fourth time in U-M Solar Car Team history, the students placed third in a biennial 1,880-mile race across Australia. Infinium crossed the finish line in Adelaide Wednesday evening (EDT), after competing for five days in the Global Green Challenge, formerly known as the World Solar Challenge.

Stem cell researcher comments on proposed state restrictions
 Sean J. Morrison, director of U-M's Center for Stem Cell Biology, issued a statement regarding Wednesday's state Senate Health Policy Committee hearing on bills to restrict stem cell research in Michigan.

Health & Retirement Study gets more than $19M in stimulus funds
The U-M Health & Retirement Study, conducted by the Institute for Social Research, has been awarded four grants totaling more than $19 million over the next two years. The awards are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds and will help build on the long-term project to study the health and economic conditions of Americans age 50 or older.

Series of events to explore role of body in making art
In the latest incarnation of innovative arts exploration, U-M’s Arts on Earth presents “Arts & Bodies,” a weeklong series of performances, talks and happenings that aim to provoke rethinking the vital connection among the arts, education and societal values. “Body musician” Keith Terry will demonstrate the many ways to make music using the body as the sole instrument.

The Michigan Difference

A place for kids to grow
Lindsey Cottrell would like to grant every request that comes to The Olevolos Project, but all too often she finds herself having to say no. It’s a difficult, but frequently necessary part of the School of Public Health alumna’s job as she focuses on the overall goal of the project, which is building an orphanage to give children in a Tanzanian village a chance at a normal childhood.