Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Jim Diana, U-M's director of the Michigan Sea Grant Colleges Program, speaks with congressional staffers in Washington D.C. during last week's Great Lakes Week activities. The program, which educates Michigan students and residents about Great Lakes issues and works with coastal communities to create economic development, improve the environment and develop tourism, is jointly administered by U-M and Michigan State University. With Diana, from left, are: Heidi Keller, congressional fellow with Sen. Carl Levin; Marta Stoepker, staffer for Sen. Debbie Stabenow; and Mary Bohling, Sea Grant extension educator from Michigan State. Read about efforts by Michigan's University Research Corridor institutions to improve the Great Lakes. (Photo by Mike Waring, Washington Office)

U-M graduate schools continue to receive top rankings
The university continues to be recognized for its academic strength nationally in the latest rankings of graduate programs by U.S News & World Report. Among programs ranked each year in the "Best Graduate Schools" — business, education, engineering, law and medicine — U-M maintained top-14 rankings in all five categories.

UMHS donates more than $360 million in services
The U-M Health System provided nearly $362 million worth of hospital-based community benefits in fiscal year 2011, according to a new Michigan Health & Hospital Association report. That figure includes activities that range from free or reduced-price care to health classes and support for training new doctors and medical research. The amount has risen 18 percent in just one year, and nearly 33 percent in five years.

Eight candidates campaign for three SACUA seats
The Senate Assembly will elect three members to the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs on March 18. So far, eight candidates have indicated they will run, and additional candidates may announce up to the time of the election. The three top vote getters will serve three-year terms on SACUA, the executive arm of the U-M faculty governance system.

U-M's new solar car marks transition for nation's top team
The name of U-M next solar car, which will be one step closer to resembling a real-world vehicle, is "Generation," the U-M Solar Car Team announced Monday. U-M's national champion team is designing the vehicle that will race in the 2013 World Solar Challenge across Australia in October.

The Michigan Difference

Assisting female veterans
A desire to help women and children from the time she was a teenager led Carrie Miller to establish Our Home Transitional, a non-profit organization designed to provide transitional housing to female veterans in need of support. Miller, a senior at UM-Flint, is in the process of buying a 10-bedroom house on Flint’s near north side to house her organization.