Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Researchers at the Autism and Communication Disorders Center are using observation to determine if a child has autism. The researchers identify specific tasks — often related to toys — in which most children would behave in a particular way, then they evaluate the behaviors and reactions, looking for certain cues that signal autism.

U-M spinoff Lycera to receive $36 million financing
U-M spinoff company Lycera Corp., which focuses on developing small molecule drugs for treating autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, has closed on $36 million of venture capital financing.

UM-Flint prepares for chancellor’s inauguration
The official inauguration of Chancellor Ruth Person as the seventh leader of UM-Flint is planned for 2 p.m. Friday in the UM-Flint Theatre. Person, a U-M alumna, became chancellor in late August 2008.

University in final stretch to Power Down for the Planet
Two days remain to help the university fight climate change through power-efficient computing. Currently U-M is in third place in the national Power Down for the Planet competition that asks for personal pledges to lessen computer energy consumption.

The Michigan Difference

Bob Moses' Algebra Project:
Mathematics and Civil Rights

Hyman Bass and Dean Deborah Ball have expanded their collaboration with Civil Rights Leader and founder of the Algebra Project Bob Moses by linking their respective equity-focused efforts — the Algebra Project and the Elementary Mathematics Lab — so the mathematical literacy project could spread its work throughout the state of Michigan.