Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, November 21, 2011

U-M alumnus Eric Borsum (center) dons some festive accessories as he and other guests arrive at the 40th anniversary gala for the Spectrum Center, the first higher education-based LGBT support program in the country. Click the photo for more images from Friday's celebration. (Photo by Austin Thomason, U-M Photo Services)

U-M ranks sixth in the nation for NIH medical school funding
Research at the Medical School brought hundreds of millions of dollars into the state of Michigan in the last year — and could have a total economic impact of nearly $1.2 billion, new data show. The school rose to sixth among all medical schools in terms of total funding from the National Institutes of Health, and was second among those affiliated with public universities. It is the school’s fourth consecutive year in the top 10.
• Leaders from the Medical School and MedImmune, the global biologics arm of AstraZeneca, have joined forces to accelerate the search for new therapies.

Startups with ties to university win awards in statewide contest
Three startups with ties to U-M have been honored in a statewide business plan contest, the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. Awardees include DeNovo Sciences, whose CEO is alumnus Kalyan Handique; Fusion Coolant Systems, based on technology co-invented by Steve Skerlos, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering; and U-M student startup Are You a Human.

East Stadium Boulevard bridges replacement project begins Nov. 28
The city of Ann Arbor will close East Stadium Boulevard, between Kipke Drive and South Industrial Highway, to vehicular and pedestrian traffic beginning Nov. 28 and continuing through November 2012. South State Street also will be closed Nov. 28 through Dec. 13. The closures are associated with the replacement of bridges over South State and the Ann Arbor Railroad.

Michigan's economy will continue to add jobs, U-M economists say
The Michigan economy appears poised to continue its recovery, although full economic health is still well in the distance, U-M economists say. Michigan can expect employment growth this year of 63,000 total net jobs just two years after losing 245,000 jobs during 2009. The economy will add another 77,000 jobs over the next two years.

Ceremony marks Carr's induction into College Football Hall of Fame
Former U-M football coach Lloyd Carr's induction into the College Football Hall of Fame was marked with a ceremony Saturday at Michigan Stadium prior to the Wolverines' game against Nebraska.

This week in the University Record
• Messner lecture to address cultural impact of Title IX on women in sports
• Faculty Spotlight: Author brings communication expertise to university
• Research: Exploring the history of angels
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Dental outreach to inmates
Hands-on experience is a crucial part of dental training. That’s why U-M dental students Chady Elhage and Mohamed Saad say they value the opportunity to have participated in the Outreach Dentistry program at the Michigan State Prison near Jackson. For two weeks students perform tooth extractions and fillings on inmates, taking on as many as 10 patients a day. “Many of the inmates we saw were in so much pain that they were grateful that we were there to help them,” Saad said.