Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, August 25, 2011

This stainless steel sculpture, titled "Flame of Wisdom," was created by Leonardo Nierman. It sits at the northwest corner of Biomedical Science Research Building. The Record Update periodically will highlight pieces of public art at U-M. Click the photo for more information about the piece, and click here to browse an online collection of public artworks.

U-M hosts a new group of visiting African scholars in UMAPS program
A new group of African scholars begin arriving at U-M today (Aug. 25) to participate in the African Presidential Scholars Program. Since the program began in 2009, 38 academics have participated. The most recent group of 14 scholars includes faculty with research interests that range from early childhood education and renewable energy to medicinal plants and small aircraft design.

UM-Flint departments team up to improve health care training in Nigeria
The Physical Therapy Department has joined with a number of other UM-Flint departments to help improve health care in the African country of Nigeria. Later this month, 16 graduate students from seven different Nigerian universities will begin online studies to earn a Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

U-M staffer found ‘pocket of safety’ to survive Indiana tragedy
Richard Lindsay credits his job experience at U-M for saving his life, after high winds from an approaching storm caused the stage to collapse Aug. 13 at the Indiana State Fair, sparking a tragedy that drew nationwide attention.

Nominations sought for Individual Ergonomics Hero Award
Nominations are accepted year-round for the new Individual Ergo Hero Awards, which recognize individual faculty and staff members who are independently reducing their risk of sprains and strains by using recommended postures, work strategies or equipment. This award also recognizes managers and supervisors who support staff by applying ergonomic solutions in the workplace.

The Michigan Difference

Keeping babies safer
There are approximately 1,300-1,600 reported cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome each year in the U.S. One out of four babies with the syndrome die. Dr. Faisal Mawri, a pediatrician at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, has developed a community-based initiative to combat this health challenge. He created the Keep Infants Safe and Secure program, which works with three Flint high schools to educate students about the effects and dangers of SBS.