Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Paula Lantz, chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy at the School of Public Health, discusses the complexities of the proposed federal health care reforms. For more information about the ongoing debate, the Ford School of Public Policy is planning a panel discussion Thursday. It will be streamed live on the Web.

Michigan Venture Center will build on U-M’s startup successes
U-M is among the nation’s leaders in creating startup ventures based on university technology. To build on that success, tech transfer officials have created the Michigan Venture Center, a one-stop hub for entrepreneurs, investors and faculty inventors. It will help faculty inventors create business plans, assess a product’s commercialization potential, deal with intellectual property issues, attract investors and acquire gap funding to enhance the market appeal of a new technology.

Swine flu update: What you need to know
The vaccine to protect against H1N1swine flu is trickling into doctors’ offices and health clinics, but just who should get it and what will the flu season be like? A University of Michigan Health System infectious disease expert offers advice for managing what could be a rough flu season.

New resource for students interested in human rights-related topics
Responding to strong student interest in more easily identifiable U-M curriculum offerings on topics dealing with human rights, social justice, labor standards and globalization, the President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights has developed a curriculum resource page on its Web site. Faculty, staff and units are encouraged to link to this page and advise interested students about this new resource.

The Michigan Difference

From U-M to Oprah
Uwem Akpan began writing his book, “Say You’re One of Them,” while studying for his master of fine arts degree in creative writing at U-M. The collection of short stories about African children struggling under extreme circumstances was chosen as the current selection for Oprah’s Book Club. Akpan is a Jesuit priest and a former fellow at the Institute for the Humanities.