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Friday, July 13, 2012

U-M President Mary Sue Coleman joined several top federal officials Friday to open the first satellite office of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Detroit. U-M officials say the PTO satellite will be good for the region and university researchers because it recognizes the high number of inventors in Michigan, and it will help them protect their discoveries and bring them to the marketplace. Shown at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the office are, from left: Rep. John Dingell, R-Dearborn; President Coleman; Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan; Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank, former dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan. (Photo by Mike Waring, Washington Office)

Cleaning out former Mott Hospital helps those in need, environment
In the transition to the new C.S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s hospitals, the U-M Health System has partnered with a group called World Medical Relief to ensure that medical supplies and equipment, furniture and even art from the old hospital do not go to waste.

California Digital Library joins U-M's copyright review project
The U-M Library recently announced the California Digital Library, one of the world's largest digital research libraries, is joining the effort to identify public domain volumes from among the more than 10 million volumes in HathiTrust.

Committee outlines framework for U-M's bicentennial celebration
U-M should mark its first 200 years with wide-ranging events, activities and initiatives that "celebrate our past, reflect on our present, and contemplate the exciting challenges that will likely redefine higher education during the university's third century," according to a report issued by the Bicentennial Planning Committee. The report stresses that the bicentennial in 2017 should be "everybody's celebration," and that all U-M campuses and stakeholders should play a role.

New policy to cover cell phones, other mobile technology
Mobile technology tools like cell phones will be governed by a new universitywide policy that will take effect on Jan. 1. Units may implement the policy anytime between now and the end of the calendar year. The new Standard Practice Guide has the greatest impact on the way in which units provide and contribute toward the cost of mobile phones and smart phones, but the policy also provides guidance on laptops, tablet computers, and home Internet connectivity.

American Solar Challenge starts Saturday; U-M team, other racers here Monday
The American Solar Challenge begins Saturday and the U-M Solar Car Team is seeking its fourth consecutive title. Follow the team's progress on its blog, Facebook or Twitter, and look for Quantum and its competitors when the 1,650-mile, eight-day, eight-state race comes through Ann Arbor on Monday. They'll start arriving at Lot SC 36, near East Keech and South Main streets around noon.
• Relive Quantum's race across Australia last fall in the College of Engineering's 34-minute documentary "Welcome to the Outback," shot at the World Solar Challenge.

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.

Mott, Von Voigtlander hospitals ranked in global top 100 for infrastructure
The C.S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospitals have been ranked among the top 100 most innovative and inspiring infrastructure projects in the world by KPMG, the audit, tax and advisory firm. They were among just 14 U.S. projects listed in KPMG International’s second edition of the Infrastructure 100: World Cities Edition.

$53 million 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.

University 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.

New U-M program gives Michigan businesses competitive advantage
The Technology and Commercialization Assistance Program, established by U-M's Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy, gives businesses access to the technologies developed in our state's universities to help companies expand their offerings and remain competitive.

Student-led Social Venture Fund's second investment is in sustainable food startup
The Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies has announced that its Social Venture Fund has closed an investment in Jack & Jake's, a sustainable food provider based in Louisiana. This marks the second investment ever made by a socially oriented student-led venture fund.

Search committee named for Bentley Historical Library director
Provost Phil Hanlon has named a search committee for the next director of the Bentley Historical Library. Rackham Graduate School Dean Janet Weiss will chair the committee, which is charged with recommending candidates to replace Francis X. Blouin Jr., who is leaving his post as director in August 2013 after 35 years.

In the current edition of The University Record
• Ann Arbor Art Fairs return July 18-21
• ‘An Imaginary Arctic’ exhibit curated by recent Community High graduate
• Family conflict, patient ailments increase caregiver stress
Read these stories and more in The University Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Giving back to the future of MEMS
For more than 20 years LSA's interdisciplinary program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies has given graduate and undergraduate students a unique study opportunity. Thomas Green, professor emeritus of law and history, has participated in MEMS for many years. Now he and his wife, Ruth, have established a $50,000 endowment to support the interdisciplinary collective enterprise featuring conferences, public lectures, discussion groups, dissertation writing workshops, and summer research grants to graduate students, which are critical to the scholarship and teaching of its members.