Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, May 22, 2009

Cars line up in Ann Arbor to drop off computers, televisions and various other electronic appliances during a U-M-sponsored electronic-waste recycling event. (Photo by Scott Soderberg/U-M Photo Services)

CSCI @ U-M collects 263 tons of e-waste at free recycling events
Close to 3,000 cars hauled nearly 263 tons of e-waste to Climate Savers Computing Initiative @ U-M’s annual free electronic-waste recycling event, which this year was expanded to the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. Items included everything from old computers and keyboards to antique telephones and radios.

Forrest named new board chair of Ann Arbor SPARK
Vice President for Research Stephen Forrest was named Thursday as the new board chairman of Ann Arbor SPARK, the region’s economic development authority. Forrest has been the driving force behind the university’s recent efforts to strengthen ties with business and industry. “Forging new partnerships with business and industry will allow the University of Michigan to thrive during troubled times while helping to diversify and revive the state’s economy,” Forrest said in a recent interview.

New dean named for UM-Flint School of Health Professions and Studies
An 11-member search committee has recommended Barbara Kornblau to be the new dean of the UM-Flint School of Health Professions and Studies, pending approval by the Board of Regents at its June meeting. Kornblau is a professor at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Fla.

New nursing home reimbursement system reflects changing patient population
The classification of nursing home patients for Medicare reimbursement will change significantly for the first time in about 10 years, under proposed new rules developed by a team co-led by a researcher from the School of Public Health.

Innovative approaches for social networking topic of UM-Dearborn conference
Use of virtual environments and social-networking Web sites to address societal issues is the topic of a free conference at UM-Dearborn. “Using the Virtual World to Improve Our World,” scheduled for June 3, will feature speakers who are using various forms of technology to change society.

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)