Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, August 5, 2011

Andrew Hypnar, (far right) a graduate of the School of Kinesiology, and the Journey of Hope team show off their bikes outside of the Central Campus Recreation Building. This week the bike team visited KidSport, a daycamp housed within the Department of Physical Education, and performed a puppet show to educate the children about kids with disabilities. Journey of Hope is a 4,000-mile cross country bike trip — from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. — in which participants raise money for people with disabilities. "Something like this is an experience I can take to the classroom to show students they really can do anything," Hypnar said. While on the trip, Hypnar found out he landed a job in Virginia as a part-time physical education teacher. (Photo by Pat Van Volkinburg, School of Kinesiology.)

New hospitals to feature museum-quality art collection
The new C.S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital will feature a $1.8 million dollar museum-quality art collection. Curated in consultation with the U-M Museum of Art, the collection plays homage to Michigan artists and the Great Lakes landscape.

Former Ford School dean becomes acting commerce secretary
Former Ford School Dean Rebecca Blank now will serve as acting secretary of the U.S. Commence Department. She assumes the role after Commerce Secretary Gary Locke formally resigned Tuesday to be sworn in by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the next U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China.

U-M, Shanghai Jiao Tong University fund new round of energy, biomedical projects
U-M and Shanghai Jiao Tong University have chosen six research teams to win a share of $1.05 million in funding for renewable energy and biomedical technology projects in the second year of a joint program that teams up investigators from both schools.

Students share impact of recent assaults during campus forum
U-M students gathered Monday night to discuss the recent attacks near campus and to to receive support. About 50 students attended the forum, which was organized by the Division of Student Affairs. Also participating were the Department of Public Safety and the Ann Arbor Police Department.

Greg O’Dell hired as U-M chief of police
Bringing more than 31 years of law enforcement experience in a range of settings, long-time Ann Arbor resident Gregory O'Dell will serve as U-M’s executive director for the Department of Public Safety, and the university’s chief of police.

Equipment donations form basis for research breakthroughs
Faster innovation and increased auto safety are just some of the benefits that will be made possible through an IBM Employee Matching Grants Program. Donated equipment worth $120,000 was awarded to 10 U-M research teams launching new efforts in science and technology.

NSF grants to digitize biological collections
Timothy James, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and Rich Rabeler, assistant research scientist, have been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation as part of an initiative to integrate and digitize information for biologists, policy-makers and the general public.

The Michigan Difference

In a new land
School of Public Health alumni are the paving the way, doing the urgent and even joyful work of helping immigrants and asylum-seekers find health and hope in new land. Erika Willacy, left, (MPH ’04) serves refugees and immigrants from places like Nigeria, Peru, Myanmar (Burma), and Iraq, and Vidya Ramanathan (MD, MPH ’98) speaks on behalf of asylum seekers at the immigration courts in Detroit.