Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A.J. Trublowski, a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering and a member of the U-M Solar Car Team, discusses the solar-powered vehicle Infinium with visitors to EarthFest 2010. The “party for the planet” drew people to the Central Campus Diag on Tuesday and will continue Thursday on North Campus. Click here for more photos of EarthFest. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Photo Services)

UMHS in new health alliance to support independent providers
In a move designed to strengthen independent community hospitals and physician practices, the U-M Health System has joined with Metro Health and Trinity Health to launch Pennant Health Alliance. The alliance initially will offer clinical support and administrative services in physician alignment and recruitment, health information technology, revenue cycle management, and group purchasing.

Top businesses, research universities partner to boost state’s economic growth
Business Leaders for Michigan and the University Research Corridor, which includes U-M as one of its partners, have formed Accelerate Michigan to help support efforts to make Michigan a “top 10” state for economic growth.

SPH named host of regional center for public health law
The School of Public Health is among five regional centers in a new network designed to improve public health through law. The Mid-States Regional Center housed at SPH will deliver services to nine Midwestern states, providing answers to professionals grappling with complex public health challenges that may warrant legal and policy solutions.

Mobile app contest seeks ideas from faculty, staff and students
U-M faculty, staff and students with a creative idea for a mobile app can compete for prizes by entering their ideas in a contest for the U-M community. Submissions must be in the form of a three-minute demonstration video. Apps will be judged on creativity, usability and utility. Entries are due by Nov. 30.

The Michigan Difference

Bridging cultures with books
After six months teaching English and running a drama club on a Fulbright Fellowship in Kasakhstan, Mary Jo Kietzman Gifford, an associate professor at UM-Flint, hit upon an idea to continue the literature lessons for the Kazakh girls she had been teaching. She is working with UM-Flint graduate students to create on online book club that gives her former students a chance to continue developing their language skills and a community of people with whom to exchange ideas.