Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

U-M student Kent Sparks, left, discusses his project for the Development Summer Internship Program (D-SIP). He was among those displaying their projects Aug. 5 at the D-SIP Project Showcase. Through the program, participating U-M undergraduates are introduced to philanthropy as a career and as a part of life. Sparks' internship was with the Law School Development Office. (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

U-M saves Medicare more than $22 million during five-year program
Medicare patients received better care at the U-M Health System, and U-M staff has saved more than $22 million on the cost of that care during five years of participation in the Medicare Physician Group Practice Demonstration Project.

Three new tenants move into Venture Accelerator for university startups
Three new companies have moved into the Venture Accelerator, which provides space, services and mentoring for emerging U-M startups. The accelerator is 60 percent full after just seven months in operation. There are now eight companies at the accelerator. Negotiations with several other prospective tenants are under way, and accelerator officials project that the facility at the North Campus Research Complex could be full by the end of the year.

New hospitals to feature museum-quality art collection
The new C.S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital will feature a $1.8 million dollar museum-quality art collection. Curated in consultation with the U-M Museum of Art, the collection plays homage to Michigan artists and the Great Lakes landscape.

Former Ford School dean becomes acting commerce secretary
Former Ford School Dean Rebecca Blank now will serve as acting secretary of the U.S. Commence Department. She assumes the role after Commerce Secretary Gary Locke formally resigned Tuesday to be sworn in by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the next U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China.

U-M, Shanghai Jiao Tong University fund new round of energy, biomedical projects
U-M and Shanghai Jiao Tong University have chosen six research teams to win a share of $1.05 million in funding for renewable energy and biomedical technology projects in the second year of a joint program that teams up investigators from both schools.

Students share impact of recent assaults during campus forum
U-M students gathered Monday night to discuss the recent attacks near campus and to to receive support. About 50 students attended the forum, which was organized by the Division of Student Affairs. Also participating were the Department of Public Safety and the Ann Arbor Police Department.

Greg O’Dell hired as U-M chief of police
Bringing more than 31 years of law enforcement experience in a range of settings, long-time Ann Arbor resident Gregory O'Dell will serve as U-M’s executive director for the Department of Public Safety, and the university’s chief of police.

Equipment donations form basis for research breakthroughs
Faster innovation and increased auto safety are just some of the benefits that will be made possible through an IBM Employee Matching Grants Program. Donated equipment worth $120,000 was awarded to 10 U-M research teams launching new efforts in science and technology.

NSF grants to digitize biological collections
Timothy James, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and Rich Rabeler, assistant research scientist, have been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation as part of an initiative to integrate and digitize information for biologists, policy-makers and the general public.

The Michigan Difference

In a new land
School of Public Health alumni are the paving the way, doing the urgent and even joyful work of helping immigrants and asylum-seekers find health and hope in new land. Erika Willacy, left, (MPH ’04) serves refugees and immigrants from places like Nigeria, Peru, Myanmar (Burma), and Iraq, and Vidya Ramanathan (MD, MPH ’98) speaks on behalf of asylum seekers at the immigration courts in Detroit.