Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, July 9, 2012

Third-year dental student Lauren Koch constructs a mouth guard during the School of Dentistry's annual mouth guard clinic that fits athletes with customized protective devices. Read more about the June 23 event, which provided guards for 55 people.

$53M grant renews support for U-M clinical, translational research
The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research has secured a $53 million, five-year grant renewal to provide U-M researchers with training, tools and services necessary to speed their search for new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent disease — and to involve even more research volunteers in their work. The Clinical and Translational Science Award comes from the National Institutes of Health.

Employees can win $500 in prizes by participating in healthy programs
MHealthy will award six lucky employees prizes valued at up to $500 each for participating in its health and wellness programs. Benefits-eligible faculty and staff who participate in an MHealthy program or activity between July and October automatically will be entered into MHealthy's November Grand Prize Drawings.

U-M researchers part of team that has found Higgs-like particle
An international group of scientists including U-M researchers have found a particle that is likely the Higgs boson, the long-sought missing piece of physics' Standard Model. More than a dozen U-M researchers and graduate students are involved in the search for Higgs, the linchpin of an overarching physics theory.

International Institute receives $750K Mellon grant to help offset federal cuts
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $750,000 grant to the U-M International Institute for language instruction and other initiatives. The three-year grant restores some funding that was lost when Congress sharply cut federal financial support, known as Title VI funding, to the U.S. Department of Education's foreign language and area studies programs.

Current and former Wolverines earn spots on 2012 Olympic teams
A variety of current and former U-M athletes will be competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. On Monday, men's swimmer Connor Jaeger earned a spot on the U.S. team, and swimming coaches Mike Bottom, Josh White and Mark Hill will be part of the Serbia, Bangladesh and Ireland teams, respectively. Men's gymnast Sam Mikulak earned a berth on the U.S. team Sunday, and teammate Syque Caesar will represent his native Bangladesh. Meanwhile, nearly 20 former Wolverines also will compete in London.

U-M, American Red Cross sign agreement for emergency sheltering
The university has signed an agreement with the American Red Cross that provides a broad framework for utilizing campus facilities in the event of a disaster. U-M will assist the Red Cross by expanding its ability to "shelter in place" in the event of a local, state or national disaster for residents of Washtenaw and Lenawee counties.

Weather Underground acquired by The Weather Channel
The Weather Underground, a popular online weather website that began as an undergraduate project at the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Studies in the late 1980s and later developed into a commercial site, has been acquired by The Weather Channel.

Rebekah Ashley wins non-union staff seat on DPS Oversight Committee
Rebekah Ashley, director of faculty affairs in the College of Engineering, has won the election to fill the seat of the non-union staff representative to the Department of Public Safety Oversight Committee. Ashley began a two-year term on Sunday.

Fire and fireworks tips for the 4th of July holiday
Just weeks into summer, the U-M Trauma Burn Center has already seen a number of burns from popular summer activities. Plus, Michigan's fireworks laws have changed to ease restrictions on such products as bottle rockets, roman candles and sky lanterns. The U-M Health system offers some tips to stay safe.

CRIME ALERT: Home Invasion/attempted sexual assault
The early morning of July 2, 1200 block of Oakland Ave., off-campus south of Central Campus.

The Michigan Difference

A White House Champion of Change
Martha Bergmark — honored in October 2011 by the White House's Champions of Change — has worked for decades to ensure that poor and marginalized people have access to justice. She went to law school in part because she thought her home state needed more skilled advocates. Then she returned home to establish a civil rights and poverty law practice, and found Southeast Mississippi Legal Services. Later she served as executive vice president and president of the Legal Services Corp., and as senior vice president for programs at the National Legal Aid and Defender Association.