Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Saturday, July 9, 2011

U-M and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy mourn the loss of former first lady Betty Ford, who passed away Friday at the age of 93. As the wife of the late President Ford, a U-M alumnus, Mrs. Ford was known for her commitment to her family and numerous political and cultural issues, including addiction treatment, breast cancer awareness and feminism. Click here to read more and to view photos of the Fords.

County leaders unite to meet community's health care needs
Thanks to a new initiative that features U-M involvement, low-income residents, Medicaid recipients and the uninsured in Washtenaw County could see current gaps in accessing health care start to shrink before 2014, when health coverage expands nationwide.

Researchers helping to reduce maternal mortality in Liberia
Two School of Nursing researchers are part of a new project that aims to improve the prospects for expectant mothers and children in the West African nation of Liberia, which has one of the world's highest maternal mortality rates. The goal is to improve mother and child health by increasing access to safe delivery services at rural health clinics staffed by skilled birth attendants.

Hospitals expect to add 500 new employees by November opening
The new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital will add 500 new employees by the time they open in November. The hospitals already have added 150 new staff employees in many areas, and another 63 job openings currently are posted. In addition, a number of new faculty physicians are joining the U-M Medical School.

Solar Car Team launches fundraising campaign for 2011 effort
The U-M Solar Car Team has built 11 cars and won six national championships. Yet one goal still remains: win the World Solar Challenge. In its quest, the team has launched the "100 Days to Win the World" campaign to raise $200,000 that will help fund further development of Quantum, its 2011 vehicle that will compete in the October race across the Australian Outback.

A century of bird study in northern Michigan
This year marks a full century that instructors at the U-M Biological Station on Douglas Lake near Pellston have been teaching students about northern Michigan's birds. While the technology used by students has changed over the years, the class' focus still is basically the same: identifying and studying birds in their natural environment.

IF YOU MISSED IT: Court decision says 2006 Proposal 2 unconstitutional
A panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on July 1 issued a decision finding as unconstitutional Proposal 2, a ballot initiative approved by Michigan voters in 2006 that amended the Michigan Constitution to prohibit discrimination and preferential treatment based on race, ethnicity, sex, or national origin in public education, public employment, and public contracting.

The Michigan Difference

A 'radical educator'
Dennis Littky’s profile on the social network Twitter says simply “Radical Educator.” He is no fan of what he calls the factory model of schools, nor of standardized tests. “Who wants a standardized kid?” he asks. The U-M alumnus has been a radical educator — a successful one — for four decades, serving as principal in several schools and starting his own schools, including the 2009 founding of College Unbound.