Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Natalie Smith, an outpatient services assistant at the Kellogg Eye Center, demonstrates the Orbscan, which maps the surface of an eye’s cornea in preparation for LASIK corrective eye surgery. The IntraLase laser that does the LASIK surgery was developed at U-M by Kellogg researchers in collaboration with the College of Engineering. (Photo by Martin Vloet/U-M Photo Services)

U-M center plays key role in Medicare proposal
A concept developed at U-M’s Center for Value-Based Insurance Design is the focus of a bipartisan U.S. Senate proposal to reduce or eliminate some Medicare copays for treatment of 15 chronic diseases. Backers say the idea could have major implications for the larger debate over health care coverage.

U-M first to sign new digitization agreement with Google
University Library is the first in the nation to expand its partnership with Google to create digital copies of millions of U-M library books and journals. The amended agreement strengthens library preservation efforts and increases the public’s access to books by opening up the library’s extensive collections of 8 million works to readers and students throughout the United States.

Graduate coordinators share ideas at Rackham conference
Graduate student recruitment, retention and degree approval were among topics of discussion at the Professional Conference for Rackham Program Graduate Coordinators. The event provided workshops for student services professionals and networking opportunities with colleagues across Rackham programs.

The Michigan Difference

Helping children in neighborhoods
School of Social Work faculty, represented by associate professor Andy Grogan-Kaylor and professor Larry Gant, are part of an emerging scholarly movement that seeks to understand how neighborhood variables affect children. They encourage researchers and practitioners to use geographic information systems technology to visualize neighborhood attributes and to shape interventions. (Ongoing: Summer/Fall 2008)