Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Gary Smith, co-director of the U-M Consortium for Stem Cell Therapies, discusses the significance of the university's first human embryonic stem cell line being placed on the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s registry.

U-M human embryonic stem cell line placed on national registry
The university's first human embryonic stem cell line will be placed on the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s registry, making the cells available for federally funded research. It is the first of the stem cell lines derived at U-M to be placed on the registry. “This is significant, because acceptance of these cells on the registry demonstrates our attention to details of proper oversight, consenting, and following of NIH guidelines established in 2009,” says Gary Smith, who derived the line and also is co-director of the U-M Consortium for Stem Cell Therapies.

Sustainable lab program saving energy, resources
Hundreds of laboratories on the Ann Arbor campus serve as an integral part of the university's research efforts, but they also are among the largest generators of regulated wastes on campus, and they consume significant amounts of energy and resources. To help laboratory managers operate the facilities in the most efficient and sustainable manner, the Office of Campus Sustainability has launched the Green Laboratory Operation for Sustainability program.

Faculty and staff at UM-Dearborn preparing to 'Give the Difference'
The “Give the Difference” campaign at UM-Dearborn supports the belief that the university’s future success begins with the commitment of its faculty and staff. The campaign, which runs March 13 through April 17, focuses on encouraging employee participation, rather than a specific dollar amount.

U-M and other colleges competing to sign up new organ donors
U-M is aiming to take down its instate rivals and save lives at the same time. The university and 16 of the state’s other colleges and universities are competing in the ninth annual Gift of Life Campus Challenge, a competition to see which school can sign up the most people to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry by Feb. 23.

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Predicting cholera
In an effort to aid the nearly 14 million residents of Dhaka, Bangladesh, U-M faculty from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology are helping to predict cholera outbreaks. A computer model designed by Professor Mercedes Pascual and Associate Professor Aaron King, along with other colleagues, serves as an early warning system for outbreaks up to 11 months in advance, and will aid public health officials in treatment preparedness, vaccination and other disease-prevention strategies.