Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

U-M undergraduate Ankita Jindal (right) works with Ann Arbor middle school student Tejal Patel during the Michigan Math Circle. Now in its second year, the program through the Department of Mathematics draws area middle school and high school students together each Thursday for informal meetings to discuss challenging and exciting material while interacting with professional mathematicians. Click the photo for more information. (Photo by Daniel Smolkin)

U-M licenses a record number of inventions
In Michigan and across the globe last year, more U-M technologies were licensed to companies than ever before. Tech Transfer recorded 101 licenses and options in fiscal year 2011. Researchers reported 322 inventions and filed for 122 patents. The university helped launch 11 companies with technologies developed in campus labs. Eight of these companies have opened operations in Michigan.

MHealthy grant program helps fund workplace ergonomic solutions
The MHealthy Ergonomics Awareness Team is accepting applications for its annual grant program. Departments or units in need of financial help to purchase equipment or redesign work processes to solve ergonomic issues can receive up to $5,000 to implement solutions that make the work environment safer.

SACUA endorses university position regarding benefits policy
The Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs unanimously endorsed a resolution supporting current university policy regarding the provision of benefits to faculty, staff and eligible dependents. The resolution approved Monday comes as the state Legislature is considering a pair of bills that would prohibit public employers from providing certain health benefits to an unrelated adult or their child living with an employee.

Annual security and fire safety reports now available
The 2011-12 edition of the U-M "Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report" is available. An electronic copy of the 36-page book is available for download, and hard-copy versions will be available in early October from the Department of Public Safety as well as several administrative offices and main libraries.

The Michigan Difference

Promoting social justice globally
Tina Tam, who received a dual master's degree from the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise this year, has worked to promote global social justice by helping provide rural communities with access to renewable energy. She spent the summer of 2010 in China helping to provide households with access to clean and safe energy, and looks forward to working international social enterprises to help the world’s rural communities.