Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, November 16, 2012

From left, Forrest Cox, president of the Native American Student Association, moderates a recent panel discussion featuring Lee Bitsoi, a research associate at Harvard University; Marie Willis, director of education for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi; and Meg Noori, director of the Comprehensive Studies Program. The event, "Native American Student Preparedness for and Access to, Higher Education," was part of the U-M Native American Heritage Month and co-sponsored by the Center for Educational Outreach and the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs. (Photo by Helki Jackson, Center for Educational Outreach)

BREAKING: State's economy will keep growing moderately, U-M economists say
Following three years of steady job gains, Michigan's economy will continue its path of moderate growth for the next two years, say U-M economists. In their annual forecast of the Michigan economy, George Fulton, director of the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics, and colleagues Joan Crary and Donald Grimes say the state will add 111,000 jobs during 2013 and 2014 — on the heels of 165,000 job gains since the end of 2009.

Gift to Clements Library renews American history landmark
The Board of Regents on Thursday approved a major renovation to the William L. Clements Library, a pre-eminent repository of historical Americana. The project includes infrastructure improvements and expanding the building's collections space. It is largely funded by a $6 million donation from the Avenir Foundation.

Regents approve $17.5M medical lab project as NCRC continues to grow
The university will invest $17.5 million to further expand research space at the North Campus Research Complex, even as a new analysis shows nearly 300 new jobs have already been created there since it opened. The Board of Regents on Thursday approved a project to renovate and open 68,000-square feet of biomedical research space.
In other action, regents approved a new vice president and general counsel, two renovation projects, and work at Michigan Stadium and on Central Campus utility tunnels.

University reviewing court decision on affirmative action
The state's ban on affirmative action in college admissions was deemed unconstitutional Thursday in an 8-7 federal appeals court decision. The ruling comes six years after voters amended the state constitution to ban the use of race in college admissions.

Students launch reusable takeout container program at University Club
Go Blue Box, a student-initiated reusable takeout container program, began its pilot phase at the University Club restaurant in the Michigan Union Nov. 5. The program aims to help the university reach its waste-reduction goals by offering customers a reusable alternative to the disposable containers that are used only once then thrown away.

U-M economists say U.S. job recovery is halfway there
During the next two years the U.S. economy will regain the rest of the nearly 9 million jobs lost in the Great Recession, U-M economists say. Employment fell by 8.8 million jobs during the 2008-09 downturn, but the economy has recovered 4.5 million jobs in the last three years. By the end of 2014, another 4.3 million jobs will be added as the economy grows at a moderate pace, they say.

The Michigan Difference

Tumor discovery illustrates value of screenings
For four years, William Ruber has received dental care at the School of Dentistry. In November 2011 his "student dentist," Jody Atzmon, detected something unusual on the left side of Ruber’s neck. A subsequent exam showed it was growing rapidly. The growth was found to be a Warthin's tumor of Ruber's salivary gland. While it turned out to be benign, Ruber nonetheless praised Atzmon for her vigilance. Atzmon said the episode illustrates the value of regular oral cancer screenings.