Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

In an effort to promote breast cancer awareness during October, the Wolverine Tower Wellness Committee has adorned the U-M office building with a seven-story pink ribbon. It is visible on the building's northwest side facing South State Street and East Eisenhower Parkway, and will be up until Oct. 22. (Photo by Matt Snyder)

Tech Transfer sets new record for agreements in fiscal year 2012
The invention culture at U-M has led to another record-setting year with more agreements with commercialization partners than ever before. U-M Tech Transfer recorded 123 licenses and options in fiscal year 2012, which ended June 30, compared to 101 in FY11. Researchers reported 368 new inventions in FY12, another record high. Eleven new startup ventures were launched.

Three university health leaders among new Institute of Medicine members
Three U-M faculty members have been elected to the Institute of Medicine, an honor considered one of the most prestigious in the health and medical fields. Dr. John M. Carethers, Dr. John O. DeLancey and Martin A. Philbert, dean of the School of Public Health, are among the 70 newly elected IOM members.
Two U-M mental health researchers on Monday were awarded the Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health by the IOM.

U-M researcher awarded 2012 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering
Sarah Aciego, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, and atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences, is among 16 scientists from universities across the country to receive the 2012 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering. She will receive an unrestricted research grant of $875,000 over five years.

U-M, other research institutions launch Great Lakes protection project
U-M and 20 other U.S. and Canadian research institutions will join forces to propose a set of long-term research and policy priorities to help protect and restore the Great Lakes and to train the next generation of scientists, attorneys, planners and policy specialists who will study them.

National experts to explore Supreme Court, affirmative action in the 21st century
U-M's National Center for Institutional Diversity will convene a panel of national experts Thursday to examine the potential impact of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which the U.S. Supreme Court heard last week and which is widely expected to result in a definitive judgment on affirmative action.

The Michigan Difference

U-M's ties to Poland
The Polish language was dying out in Jeff Lemanski’s family and that was bothering the U-M student. His grandmother and great aunt were the last ones fluent in their ancestral tongue. So during his freshman year, Lemanski decided to take a Polish class to fulfill his foreign language requirement. The language quickly became an obsession for the Ypsilanti native who hopes to go into accounting. He found himself spending two and a half hours a day studying Polish. U-M has more Poland-related programs than any other educational institution in North America.