Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Today MHealthy launches Rewards 2011 and Active U, encouraging faculty and staff to make a commitment to their health. Click the photo for a slideshow illustrating how people throughout the U-M community plan to improve their health. Active U is open to all employees, grad students and retirees. Qualifying benefits-eligible employees participating in Rewards can learn more about their health and earn up to $100 by completing the 2011 health questionnaire and one eligible health and well-being activity. Click here to read more about these programs.

Najafi, Wise named 2011 Distinguished University Innovators
Khalil Najafi and Kensall Wise, professors in the College of Engineering, have been selected as the Distinguished University Innovators for 2011. They are being honored for their roles in developing breakthrough technologies in microelectromechanical systems, and working with colleagues, students and industry partners to move the innovations from university laboratories to new startups to further develop the technology into successful products.

Senate Assembly expresses reservations over longer allowable tenure clock
The Senate Assembly on Monday said it had "significant reservations" about a proposal that would increase the maximum allowable faculty tenure probationary period from eight to 10 years. Phil Hanlon, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, says a longer tenure clock could better meet the needs of today's tenure-track faculty.

Hundreds of UMHS physicians named to Best Doctors in America list
More than 400 U-M Health System physicians are included in the 2011-12 Best Doctors in America list, which is compiled every two years by Boston-based Best Doctors Inc. At 433 honorees, U-M has more physicians recognized than any other health system in Michigan.

The Michigan Difference

Carbon forestry pioneer
Working as an adviser on climate and forestry with the German Agency for Technical Cooperation in Laos, U-M alumnus Gabe Eickhoff spends about half his time wearing nice clothes in the Laos Department of Forestry advising on regulations, and the other half out in forests measuring trees. Eickhoff is part of an emerging field that aims to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by reducing deforestation.