Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, April 16, 2012

Amit V. Kulkarni, an MBA student at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, presents information at his Secure Healing display during the Student Venture Showcase at U-M's TechArb in downtown Ann Arbor. The Friday showcase gave 35 budding entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their business ideas in front of their peers and potential clients. Secure Healing is a company that makes sure patient information stays secure. (Photo by Lon Horwedel, Michigan Photography)

Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award goes to seven faculty
Seven faculty members who have shown dedication to developing cultural and ethnic diversity at U-M have received the 2012 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award from the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

MHealthy announces wellness participation numbers
At least 41 percent of benefits-eligible employees have completed the annual health questionnaire and thousands have completed or made an appointment for a wellness screening for MHealthy Rewards. More than 7,000 employees have earned their $100 incentive for completing both steps of the program. Also, screening appointments are available through mid-May.

Ashton-Miller to oversee research policy and compliance
Professor James A. Ashton-Miller has been named associate vice president for research — research policy and compliance, effective May 1, pending approval by the Board of Regents at its April 19 meeting.

U-M coaching legend Red Simmons dies at 102
Former U-M women's track and field coach Kenneth "Red" Simmons passed away Friday at 102 years of age. Simmons was the first coach in the history of the women's track and field program and coached the squad for four seasons (1978-81) before retiring.

This week in the University Record
• U-M professor serves as consultant to Disneynature movie ‘Chimpanzee’
• Rutgers coach to share personal experiences with Title IX
• Faculty Spotlight: Musical theatre chair guides students into show biz
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Improving genetic testing for cancer
Xudong Fan, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and a team of colleagues have developed a better way to detect the genetic mutations that may lead to cancer. Their liquid laser will help to make these slight mutations more obvious and thus easier to detect. The team is pursuing partners to help bring this new technology to market.