Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Taiwanese delegation members Dr. Ya-Han Tang, center, and Chi-Yuan Chen chat with Ruth Wescott, a 14-year resident of Chelsea Retirement Community. Fully 10 percent of Taiwan’s population is 65 and older, and that number is expected to double in the next 10 to 20 years, says Ying-Chun Li, director of the Graduate Program of Health Care Management at Taiwan’s National Sun Yat-sen University. It’s one reason Li and 25 Taiwanese health care professionals and graduate students spent a week in Ann Arbor this summer learning first-hand from School of Public Health Professor Jersey Liang and others about how Americans finance and deliver health care, manage hospitals and health care systems, and cope with the challenges of long-term care for an aging population. Says Li, “It’s very important for our students to learn something good from other countries. We want them to have an international perspective.” (Photo by Leisa Thompson)

Lane closures for utility work within the Glen Avenue roadway
Beginning today (Aug. 2), both northbound and southbound Glen Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction at Catherine Street to accommodate a utility repair.

Department of Public Safety re-accredited by CALEA
The U-M Department of Public Safety was awarded law enforcement re-accreditation, as of today (Aug. 1), by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Interim Executive Director Joe Piersante has announced. To achieve the recognition, the department had to show compliance with several hundred professional standards measured by the commission.

Maize & Blue go for the gold at 2012 Olympics
More than two dozen current or former Wolverine athletes and coaches are scheduled to participate in the 2012 Olympics, now ongoing in London. Follow their progress at and on Twitter, and learn more about U-M Olympians past and present.

On-road auto safety test gearing up for launch
Researchers at the U-M Transportation Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Transportation have set Aug. 21 as the launch date for a year-long test being conducted in Ann Arbor of a wireless communications system designed to improve vehicle safety.

Dynarski to Congress: College tax credits should work like a grant
Testifying Wednesday before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, Susan M. Dynarski, professor of education and public policy, advocated for a simplification of the financial aid process that would allow families to better understand exactly how much the federal government can help pay to send their child to college. 

UMHS linked to New Hampshire hepatitis C investigation
The Michigan Department of Community Health has been investigating the employment history of a hepatitis C-positive health care worker who recently was arrested in New Hampshire for allegedly obtaining injectable narcotics at hospitals there, and infecting patients with the hepatitis C virus through used syringes. An internal review requested by MDCH shows that the individual worked at the U-M Health System for three months in 2006 as an interventional radiologic technologist; he did not have responsibility for administering medication to patients.

UM-Dearborn set to launch master’s degree in ed tech
The UM-Dearborn School of Education will launch a new master’s degree in educational technology beginning this fall. The Master of Arts in Educational Technology, which can be completed fully online, is designed to support educators as they meet the growing demands of technology-driven students.

Peregrine falcons atop UM-Flint building are named and banded
After an unsuccessful attempt at raising a family on top of the Mott Foundation Building in downtown Flint earlier this year, peregrine falcons Majesty and Barry moved back to Northbank Center on the UM-Flint campus where three of four eggs successfully hatched in June.

The Michigan Difference

Scaling Mount Kilimanjaro
Gary Was, Walter J. Weber Jr. Professor of Sustainable Energy, Environmental and Earth Systems Engineering, and professor of nuclear engineering and radiological sciences, and materials science and engineering, has reached another accomplishment in life — the summit of Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro. Was completed the trek on July 2, accompanied by his sons Alex and Adam. The trip to the summit was part of a seven-day hike. “We started at about 6,000 feet in a rain forest and ended at the summit at 19,341 feet in what was probably 20-degree Fahrenheit temperatures and a pretty stiff wind,” Was said.