Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Workers from the Plant Operations Facilities Maintenance Group guide the Cube as it is lifted on its center post during replacement of a bearing and bushing. The repairs allow the Cube to spin easily and quietly in Regents’ Plaza. From left are Keith O'Neil, Jack Haynes, Mike Dziak and Jim Herrst. Ed Wilson, right, is directing lift operator Lindsey Williams (not shown). (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

BREAKING NEWS: U-M student hurt in house fire that fatally injured EMU student
A U-M student was treated and released from University Hospital on Saturday for injuries received in an early morning off-campus house fire that resulted in the death of an Eastern Michigan University student. The Department of Public Safety has issued a Crime Alert related to this and several other suspicious fires Saturday.

University expands online mental health resources
With end-of-semester stress starting to pile up on everyone, U-M has launched several new online resources designed to help faculty and staff assist students with mental health concerns. The new resources augment in-person counseling services, workshops and training offered to the university community.

Value-based insurance design concept in health care reform law
Value-based insurance design programs — a concept created at U-M and which focus on removing financial barriers to high-value procedures — are part of the new health care reforms. Dr. A. Mark Fendrick is working with policy setters to implement the strategy.

U-M historians receive NEH grant to preserve 1918-19 influenza records
The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the Center for the History of Medicine a two-year, $314,688 grant to create an original, open-access digital collection of archival, primary and interpretive materials related to the history of the 1918-19 influenza pandemic in the United States.

The Michigan Difference

A journey of faith
UM-Flint alumnus Christopher Paul Curtis has received more than a dozen awards for his novel “Bud, Not Buddy,” about a 10-year-old boy who flees an abusive foster family and sets out on a journey across Michigan. The story was adapted into a stage play that recently finished a two-week run at UM-Flint.