Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Graduates sing "The Victors" during Winter Commencement festivities at Crisler Center, where commencement speaker Dr. Raynard Kington advised graduates to be "curious and adaptable and persistent." Click on the photo for more images from commencement ceremonies at Ann Arbor and UM-Dearborn. (Photo by Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography)

Most illicit drug use by teenagers holding steady; turnaround possible with alcohol
The use of most illicit drugs among the nation's teenagers either is holding steady from last year or showing some modest declines, according to findings in the 2012 Monitoring the Future study conducted at the Institute for Social Research. In particular, marijuana use has stopped trending upward and synthetic marijuana did not show a rise this year, although it remains at high levels. A possible turnaround in alcohol use among older teens has appeared after rates declined to historic lows in 2011.
• The study shows a continuation of the decline in teen smoking in grades eight, 10, and 12.

Mott Hospital affiliates with Sparrow Children’s Center for specialized pediatric care
A new affiliation between Sparrow Children’s Center C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital will provide children and families in the mid-Michigan area with expanded pediatric specialty care close to home. The new agreement, announced today, will promote collaboration between physicians at the two facilities.

UMHS implements flu season protection rules; vaccines still available
The U-M Health System's Infection Control and Epidemiology Department has declared that influenza has become widespread in our area. According to university health officials, there is still time to be vaccinated against the flu. UMHS again has joined health care institutions throughout the country in requiring its employees to receive the flu vaccination or wear a protective mask during flu season.

University holiday season closings, hours
A variety of campus facilities and services will be following seasonal closings or special hours during the holiday break. Those units that have submitted special hours or procedures can be found in the current edition of The University Record.

Record Update to go on hiatus over holiday break
This is the last issue of the Record Update for 2012. Major items of interest to faculty and staff that occur over the holiday break may be posted to the Record Update website. Regular daily issues of the Record Update will return Jan. 3.

The Michigan Difference

A conservator gives back
Cathleen Baker, a conservation librarian at the U-M Library, has established a new fellowship that gives students, practicing conservators, and researchers the opportunity to actively conserve materials from the library’s extensive collection. The first fellows in the program — Lauren Calcote and Aisha Wahab — currently are working at the library. “Conservators, whether they are associated with institutions or in private practice, are not usually in a financial position to leave their work temporarily to pursue a short-term project that will benefit the profession and our cultural heritage,” Baker says.