Marijuana use up among U.S. teens; alcohol use hits historic lows
Marijuana use among teens rose in 2011 for the fourth straight year, while alcohol use continued a long-term gradual decline among the same group. Those are among the findings of the 2011 Monitoring the Future study conducted by a team of social scientists at the Institute for Social Research. The study also found that one in nine high school seniors reported using "synthetic marijuana" in the prior 12 months, and that energy drinks are being consumed by about one-third of teens.
• A section of the study on tobacco use shows the proportion of eighth-, 10th- or 12th-graders who said they smoked in the prior 30 days fell significantly.
CAPS reports latest findings of student mental health survey
Counseling & Psychological Services has completed a report on the results of the third phase of its College Student Mental Health Survey, a long-term project to describe, inform, and extend knowledge and understanding of college student mental health. Each phase of the survey has standard sections as well as a unique focus — the Phase III focus is on students' experiences of "stigma."
University reminds employees about severe-weather policy
As the likelihood of wintry weather increases, campus leaders would like to remind the community that the university's severe-weather policy encourages all employees to make a reasonable effort to report to work as scheduled.
Departments and units list holiday season closings, hours
This week's issue of the University Record contains a list of holiday season closings and special hours that were submitted by U-M departments and units.
The Michigan Difference
From Milan to Marquette
With the largest graduate medical education program in the state, U-M graduates are spread across Michigan, occupying cities both large and small. The current edition of Medicine at Michigan profiles four such physicians, Dr. Nathan Taylor, a hand-and-wrist surgeon in Marquette; Dr. Carla Zahuranec, a family doctor in Milan; Dr. Desiree Seeyave, who practices pediatric emergency medicine in Flint; and Dr. Richard Ohye, part of the next generation of U-M medical educators helping to train residents and medical students.