Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A new documentary about the 2011 U-M Solar Car Team, which placed third last October in the World Solar Challenge race across the Australian outback, will premiere at the Michigan Theater Screening Room Wednesday. The video also will air Friday on the Big Ten Network. Click here to read more.

Hewlett-Packard contract expected to save university millions on desktops, laptops
Units at the university now can order desktop and laptop computers through a strategic contract with Hewlett-Packard. The contract, part of the IT Rationalization and Strategic Sourcing Initiatives, is expected to save U-M nearly $6 million annually while offering a standardized selection of computers.

UMHS creates system to prevent retained surgical items
It may sound like something from a TV medical drama, but the incidence of surgeons leaving something behind in the body is very real at hospitals across the country. The U-M Health System has created a new system using state-of-the-art technologies to insure that no foreign objects are left behind during surgery, reducing potentially serious medical errors.

SACUA passes resolution regarding review of medical campus incident
The executive arm of U-M's faculty governance system Monday approved a resolution regarding the university's review of how a report of suspected child pornography possession was handled at the medical campus.

Student-athletes showcase talent, raise funds at Mock Rock tonight
The university's student-athletes will display their onstage skills tonight at Hill Auditorium in the annual Mock Rock fundraising event. The variety show, coordinated by the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, has a goal of raising $100,000 to benefit the Child and Family Life program of C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County, and Student Athletes Leading Social Change.

The Michigan Difference

Bringing family medicine to Japan
Helping to revamp family medicine in Japan has been the pet project of Michael Fetters for nearly 20 years. The U-M associate professor of family medicine directs the Japanese Family Health Program and is working to create a residency-training program for Japanese doctors. His aim not only is to improve family medicine through better education but also to provide better medical care in rural areas.