Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Alice Ewing, a registered nurse with the University Health Service, administers a flu shot at Wednesday’s vaccination clinic at Palmer Commons. The vaccine targets seasonal flu. Vaccination against seasonal flu and H1N1 flu is recommended this year, but the H1N1 flu vaccine is not yet available. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Photo Services)

Chief health officer updates campus community on flu
U-M students and staff may be the “leaders and the best,” but they are not immune from the H1N1 strain of the flu virus that is making people sick. During the first few weeks of the academic year, hundreds of students have become sick with the flu along with a small number of staff members. Dr. Robert Winfield, the university’s chief health officer, offers an update on how the flu is affecting the U-M campus.

Summit to focus on fostering a diverse engineering work force in Michigan
An Oct. 13 summit at U-M will bring together stakeholders who hope to draw more state students, particularly women and under-represented minorities, into engineering and related fields. The goal is helping the engineering program better serve Michigan’s emerging knowledge-based economy by attracting a more diverse student population — and, therefore, the brightest creative thinkers and problem solvers.

MHealthy launches latest round of applications for ergonomics grants
The MHealthy Ergonomics Awareness team today launches its fourth annual ergonomics grants program. Departments or units in need of financial help to purchase equipment or to redesign work processes to solve ergonomics issues can receive up to $5,000 to implement solutions that make the work environment safer and more efficient.

Free depression screenings to be offered next week
The Depression Center, the Institute for Human Adjustment and Rackham Graduate School will offer students, faculty, staff and community members a free opportunity to determine if they might have depression. The screening events are part of National Depression Screening Day, which is Thursday.

The Michigan Difference

King of the road
Michael Daugherty, professor of composition at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, is one of the 10 most performed living American composers. His inspiration comes from observing the America he sees traveling its back roads and blue highways. “I found a way to combine my passion for American places, popular culture, and historical figures with the incredible education in contemporary music I had received,” he says.