Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The U-M Solar Car Team is preparing to compete in the American Solar Challenge, which begins July 14 and runs 1,600 miles from Rochester, N.Y., to St. Paul, Minn. In this video, the team puts Quantum through its paces at Chrysler's Chelsea Proving Grounds. Learn more about the team and its vehicle at

New U-M stem cell lines to help researchers seek treatments for disease
Six new human embryonic stem cell lines derived at U-M have just been placed on the U.S. National Institutes of Health's registry, making the cells available for federally funded research. The university now has eight cell lines on the registry, including five that carry genetic mutations for serious diseases. Researchers at U-M and around the country can now begin using the stem cell lines to study the origins of these diseases and potential treatments.

University has one of slowest rates of growth in cost nationwide
A new college affordability ranking released this week shows U-M has one of the nation’s slowest rates of growth in costs among the nation’s four-year public universities. The university improved its college affordability rankings by dropping lower in each of four categories featured in the second annual College Affordability and Transparency Lists.

SLIDESHOW: Medical illustrations by the late U-M artist Gerald Parker Hodge
When influential U-M medical illustrator Gerald Parker Hodge died at his Ann Arbor home June 7, he left a trove of medical and biological illustrations that appeared in hundreds of journals and books earning him widespread acclaim. The News Service offers a look at some of Hodge's illustrations.

The Michigan Difference

A voice for the voiceless
Dr. Monique Reeves — who was born in Liberia, emigrated to Detroit when she was 5, and eventually graduated from U-M — is keenly aware that under different circumstances her life might not have turned out so well. That is why Reeves returns to Liberia periodically to work in local clinics and hospitals, works twice monthly as a clinician in a small emergency clinic in Clarkston, and why she serves as medical director of the FernCare Free Clinic serving Michigan’s uninsured population. Read her story in the latest edition of the School of Public Health magazine Findings.