Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, November 17, 2011

President Mary Sue Coleman welcomes participants to the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, running through today at the Eagle Crest Conference Center in Ypsilanti. Coleman praised the business idea contest's spirit of entrepreneurship, and outlined some of the innovative notions U-M is pursuing to help rebuild the state and national economies. "You embody our aspirations for a thriving and innovative state, and we can’t wait to see where your ideas take us," she said. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

Physics professor receives presidential award for mentoring
Roy Clarke, a U-M physics professor who organized job-shadowing programs for high school students and a summer science institute for middle school girls, has been honored with a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, the White House has announced.

Department of Public Safety invites community to crime meeting
University students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the broader community, are invited to attend the Department of Public Safety crime meeting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The meeting will be at the DPS main office, 1239 Kipke Drive, near Crisler Arena and Michigan Stadium.

SPH part of project working to improve Detroit graduation rates
Students at Detroit's lowest-performing high schools will get extra help graduating through a grant to the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center, in which the School of Public Health is a founding partner. The $200,000 Roadmaps to Health Community Grant is one of only 12 nationwide awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

MCommunity group owners asked to review settings
In continued response to user concerns about group member visibility in the MCommunity Directory, Information and Technology Services is urging group owners to review their group settings on a regular basis, particularly the setting for who can see the members of a group.

Former Senate majority leader addresses V-BID symposium
Former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle was the keynote speaker Wednesday at a symposium sponsored by U-M's Center for Value-Based Insurance Design. He also met with students from the School of Public Health.

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.