Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Charlie Gall of the U-M Grounds Department helps prepare the campus for spring by planting flowers at Ingalls Mall. She is joined by Matt Brand and Heather Maricle. (Photo by Austin Thomason/U-M Photo Services)

Michigan national leader in life sciences
The University Research Corridor’s role in boosting the life sciences sector in Michigan will be shared today with participants the Mackinac Policy Conference. An analysis shows that life sciences jobs have grown 10.7 percent, and wages 29 percent at a time when other employment sectors are suffering. Those in attendance also will learn that Jeff Mason of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. has been named the first executive director of the URC.

Boot camp to help alumni with careers
To help alumni struggling in an unpredictable job market, the Alumni Association is offering “Wolverine Career Boot Camp.” The event Saturday will feature workshops on how to find a job in a rough economy, going back to school, and writing resumes and cover letters.

Vascular surgeon volunteers to treat soldiers injured in Iraq, Afghanistan
Dr. John Rectenwald of the Cardiovascular Center is volunteering his surgical skills at a U.S. military medical center in Germany, treating service men and women injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. “As a vascular surgeon I have the training to help these wounded soldiers in a unique way,” Rectenwald says.

The Michigan Difference

In the zone
Since Don Scavia’s first Hypoxia Forecasts for the Gulf of Mexico and the Chesapeake Bay were released a few years ago, his name has become nearly synonymous in the national media with death – dead zones, to be exact. Scavia, at far right, is researching why these zones, which have little or no oxygen, exist. The former director of Michigan Sea Grant and now director of the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute has expanded his predictions to cover another iconic dead zone: Lake Erie.