Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, June 22, 2009

Dr. Ronald Zernicke, director of U-M’s Bone & Joint Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation Center, takes knee-angle measurements on a research subject to study knee dynamics related to injury. The center recently was established to reduce musculoskeletal injuries and conduct focused research to understand the mechanisms of injuries. (Photo by KGT Photography)

Construction death at hospital site under investigation
The U-M Department of Public Safety is investigating an accident at the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital construction site, where a worker died after being struck by a heavy load of roofing material that fell from a crane this morning. The victim was identified as Gary Winisky Jr., 48, of Garden City.

New specialty drug pharmacy for employees, retirees
Starting July 1, the university’s Prescription Drug Plan will change the way it provides medications on the Specialty Drug List that are written by prescribers outside of the U-M Health System. The change will not affect non-specialty medications.

LSI faculty member named a Pew Scholar
John Kim of the Life Science Institute and Department of Human Genetics has been named a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences for 2009 by the Pew Charitable Trusts. The scholarship is given to early-career scientists who demonstrate excellence and innovation in their research and comes with $240,000 over four years.

Study offers free academic coaching for students with ADD/ADHD
U-M students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder may participate in a national study designed to learn more about the impact of ADD/ADHD coaching on students' academic experiences. Participants may receive a half-hour of free academic coaching each week by phone for the 2009-10 academic year.

The Michigan Difference

A scientist to watch
Liangcai Gu, a 2008 doctoral graduate in the College of Pharmacy, exemplifies the eagerness to learn and determination to make a difference that are hallmarks of U-M’s pharmacy program. “It’s been a privilege having had him in my lab,” says David Sherman, Hans W. Vahlteich Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and director of the Center for Chemical Genomics. “He is definitely a scientist to watch.”