Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Clifford Douglas, left, executive director of U-M’s Tobacco Research Network, was among those invited to the White House earlier this week to witness President Barack Obama sign historic legislation giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco. He is shown here with Mike Moore, the former Mississippi attorney general who brought litigation against the tobacco industry. (White House courtesy photo)

SNRE gets NASA grant to study climate change in Central Asia
A $900,000 grant from NASA will allow researchers at the School of Natural Resources and Environment to study human adaptation to climate change on the Mongolian Plateau. The project is part of ongoing research within SNRE on human-environment interactions in China and other parts of Asia, including India and Siberian Russia.

Researchers using math to reduce jet lag
A new mathematical methodology and software program developed in part by researchers at U-M may help reduce jet lag. The software gives users exact times of the day when they should apply countermeasures such as bright light to intervene in the normal course of jet lag. That should help put a person’s disrupted sleep patterns back on track.

Business intelligence projects showcase ingenuity
Three campus projects have been given the 2009 Business Intelligence Data-into-Action award for innovations that not only save time and resources for the units or business functions that designed them, but also show promise for use elsewhere at U-M and beyond. Projects such as these provide university decision makers with the information that helps them stay ahead of our competitors.

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.”