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News Briefs
Board of Regents resumes meeting in September

The Board of Regents traditionally does not meet in August. The next regents meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Regents Room of the Fleming Administration Building. For more about regents meetings go to

Diversity Leaders nominations sought

Share a story of a member of the staff or an entire work team that stands out by demonstrating special commitment and dedication to diversity at the University by making a nomination for the inaugural Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award. Nominations for up to 10 individual awards and five team awards are now being accepted. Awardees receive written recognition and money toward professional development activities — $1,000 for individual recipients and $2,500 for teams to share. Special Recognition awards will be presented to units for exemplary progress toward creating and maintaining a welcoming, supportive and diverse environment. Make a nomination and learn more at

Foundations of Public Health program offered

The School of Public Health will offer a certificate in the Foundations of Public Health, a new16-hour distance-learning program this fall. It targets non-traditional students, lifelong learners and anyone who seeks a solid grounding in public health basics. For more information go to

Campus data network upgrades begin

ITCS/ITCommunications is replacing 32 distribution layer switches (DLS) in 21 campus buildings beginning this summer. The upgrades will continue through the next three summers in 108 additional buildings. A DLS connects a building's local networks to the UMnet Backbone Network. Additional information about the DLS upgrades is available at Direct questions about the DLS upgrade for individual buildings to

Michigan Television film selected

The Michigan Television documentary film "Where Do the Children Play" has been accepted as an official selection of the 2008 Eugene International Film Festival Oct. 3-5 in Eugene, Ore. The one-hour documentary for public television examines how restrictive patterns of sprawl, congestion and unbounded suburban development across America are impacting children's mental and physical health and development. Winners will be announced and trophies presented at the awards ceremony. The original idea came from Elizabeth Goodenough, lecturer in the Residential College and LSA, and the documentary produced by Chris Cook was based on her work.

UMHHC wins security award

The U-M Hospitals and Health Centers' Security and Entrance Services received this year's Lindberg Award from the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety. The award goes to security teams that are progressive and results-oriented. Security Director Marilyn Hollier picked up the award July 1 during the association's annual conference in Vancouver, Canada. The security team oversees a 6-million-square-foot campus with three hospitals, 30 health centers and 120 outpatient clinics.

UMHS honored as Most Wireless

The U-M Health System has been named to the nation's Most Wired and Most Wireless hospitals, according to the results of the 2008 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study. The study was released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. A study has shown that the 100 Most Wired hospitals show better outcomes in patient satisfaction, risk-adjusted mortality rates and other key quality measures through the use of information technology. The study included 556 completed surveys representing 1,327 hospitals.

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