Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The first graduates of the School of Dentistry’s Dental Hygiene Degree Completion E-Learning Program received their degrees at Winter Commencement on Dec. 20. The two-year program, launched in January 2008, offers dental hygienists an opportunity to continue their education and earn a Bachelor of Science degree. Click on the photo for a full list of those pictured. (Photo courtesy of the School of Dentistry)

David Brandon named athletic director
David Brandon has been named director of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, pending approval by the Board of Regents on Jan. 21. A U-M alumnus who played football under Bo Schembechler and has served as a regent, Brandon, 57, currently is chairman and chief executive officer of Ann Arbor-based Domino’s Pizza Inc. The five-year appointment will be effective March 8. Brandon will succeed Bill Martin, who will serve as a special adviser to President Mary Sue Coleman until his retirement in September.

U-M doctor tells panel sports concussions are hard to classify
Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher told those present at a U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing Monday that sports concussions are complicated health issues that require individualized treatment. At a field hearing in Detroit led by Judiciary Chair John Conyers, Kutcher called for more support for research into concussions and their treatments.

Spinoff secures $11M in financing for disease-fighting ultrasound technology
U-M inventors have secured $11 million in financing to launch Ann Arbor-based HistoSonics Inc., which will develop a novel medical device that uses tightly focused ultrasound pulses to treat prostate disease. HistoSonics will use the capital to develop its histotripsy technology, licensed from U-M and developed by scientists in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Urology.

H1N1 flu vaccinations now available to all
All restrictions on the H1N1 flu vaccine have been lifted and University Health Service officials are encouraging everyone to get vaccinated. UHS has announced a series of clinics, starting Thursday, that are open to students, faculty, staff and others affiliated with the university. The clinics are open to those ages 10 and older.

The Michigan Difference

Sky doctor
Dr. Kathy Hughes' medical career is soaring … literally. After graduating last year with a Master of Public Health degree, Hughes is completing her residency in aerospace and occupational medicine in San Antonio, Texas. One of a handful of Air Force physicians who also are pilots, she wants to become a test-pilot physician. “Flying to me is freedom,” she says.