Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

While the robot MABEL has gained fame for its ability to walk in a circle, tethered by a supporting boom, U-M's next biped robot might be seen strolling across the Diag on its own, says Jessy Grizzle, Jerry W. and Carol L. Levin Professor of Engineering and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, in the latest edition of Ask M.

Coleman: Penn State events point to need for integrity, honesty and action
President Mary Sue Coleman sent a letter to the U-M community Tuesday, reminding all faculty, staff and students about the importance of acting immediately, and with integrity and honesty, in suspected cases of abuse or other crimes. Her letter comes as a response to recent events at Penn State University.

U-M, Duke team up to help improve health outcomes for diabetes patients
A new research center at U-M has joined with Duke University and health and public officials in North Carolina to work on improving health outcomes and quality of life for people with type 2 diabetes. The Center for Geospatial Medicine is a partner in a $6.2 million grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation.
A School of Nursing team that will develop methods to increase cancer screening by young breast cancer survivors and their high-risk female relatives has received a three-year, $900,000 grant from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New water fountains help discourage use of plastic water bottles at UM-Flint
Inspired by a proposed ban on plastic water bottles being urged by Michigan Student Assembly in Ann Arbor, new water fountains with a special feature are being added to the UM-Flint campus.

The Michigan Difference

A quest for environmental justice
After learning low-income children suffered disproportionately from lead poisoning, Jerome Nriagu, professor of environmental health sciences, made it his mission to fight for environmental justice. He has worked to curb the effects of oil pollution in the Niger Delta, address health disparities in South Africa, and improve groundwater in rural villages in west Bengal. Closer to home, Nriagu is studying the impact of the River Rouge auto plant on the health of Arab-Americans in and around Dearborn.