Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, November 9, 2012

Student Bike Ambassador Lindsey MacDonald (left) helps Lauren Beriont work on her bike at the new bike station next to the Central Campus Transit Center. The Bike Ambassadors provided assistance at the repair stand as part of Bike Week, a promotion to make the Ann Arbor campus more bicycle-friendly. (Photo by Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography)

New era in metabolomics begins at university
The U-M Health System earned a $9.1 million core grant from the National Institutes of Health to improve disease diagnosis through metabolic profiling. The university will create the Michigan Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Research Core, one of three centers in the country that will help researchers examine small molecules called metabolites to detect changes in cell behavior and organ function.

U-M supports troops on the battlefield and the home front
While many military mental health initiatives emphasize the needs and well-being of service members, a program at U-M is focused on improving the lives of military spouses and partners experiencing the stress of deployment.
Wheelchair basketball teams representing Army and Navy veterans take to the court Nov. 20 to raise awareness for those with disabilities and to celebrate veterans.

U-M political scientists offer analysis of presidential election
In making sense of the 2012 elections, three U-M political scientists came to the same conclusion about what led to President Obama's victory: race and gender affected which candidate voters chose. Less than 24 hours after most ballots were counted, Vincent Hutchings, Donald Kinder and Michael Traugott offered their election analysis during a panel discussion Wednesday at the Institute for Social Research.

The Michigan Difference

Couponing for a cause
Karen Holland remembers what it was like to struggle to make ends meet. With only $20 to spare, she’d plan her weekly grocery shopping carefully. Scour the sales circulars; clip the coupons; repeat. While it’s no longer necessary for Holland to stock up on coupons, she hasn’t given up the habit. Now, though, the special events coordinator within the Office of the Chancellor at UM-Dearborn is couponing for a cause as she supports the new Student Food Pantry.