Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, November 30, 2009

As the U.S. Senate prepares for what likely will be a heated debate over health care reform, Dean Smith, professor of health management and policy in the School of Public Health, discusses whether health reform will simply cover more people, or also lower costs and increase efficiency.

U-M holds steady on energy use despite significant growth at Ann Arbor campuses
Energy use at U-M has remained nearly constant over the last six years, despite a 9 percent increase in the campus population and an 11 percent increase in building area during that period. That is one of the highlights of the 2009 Environmental Report. The annual reports track the university’s efforts to minimize environmental impacts at its Ann Arbor campuses.

Former Wolverine Charles Woodson gives $2M to children's hospital
Charles Woodson, former U-M football standout and 1997 Heisman trophy winner, has donated $2 million to the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital. The gift will help support groundbreaking pediatric research to help children with such illnesses as cancer, heart disease, kidney disorders and autism.

Partnership teaches students about healthy behaviors, social responsibility
Two years ago the community-U-M collaborative Project Healthy Schools partnered with Free the Children’s Life in Action to study the effect of self-efficacy skills on improving health risks and reducing obesity. In the process of learning about healthy eating, active lifestyles and social responsibility, Ann Arbor middle school students have raised more than $40,000 to help build schools, and fund clean-water and sustainable-income projects in impoverished communities around the world.

The Michigan Difference

While her harmonica gently weeps
Twenty-five years ago Vera Meyer became transfixed by the haunting sounds of the glass harmonica. The former U-M student and daughter of a U-M professor has played the complex instrument among classically trained masters before audiences worldwide, and now focuses on small shows near her home outside Boston.