Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, October 7, 2013

Jacqueline Kaufman, clinical assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, facilitates dialogue between Grace Simon, a 13-year-old girl from Westphalia with cerebral palsy, and students in a U-M electrical engineering and computer science course who are working on software projects to help Grace communicate. Read more about Grace, and click the photo to watch a slideshow about her and the class that is helping her. (Photo by Joseph Xu, College of Engineering)

U-M researchers report record number of inventions for FY '13
University of Michigan researchers reported 421 inventions in fiscal year 2013, a record that shows the growing engagement of faculty in tech transfer activities. U-M Tech Transfer also recorded 108 licenses and options with existing and new businesses, nine new startup ventures and 128 U.S patents. Licensing revenues increased from $13.8 million to $14.4 million.

Coleman to outline upcoming university activities at Leadership Breakfast
President Mary Sue Coleman will highlight university achievements from the past year and announce new initiatives when she speaks at her annual Leadership Breakfast on Tuesday. The talk begins at 8:15 a.m. and will be delivered live via a webcast.
• The Record Update will be delivered a bit later than usual Tuesday morning to include announcements from Coleman's address.

Search for new UM-Flint chancellor underway
The search for the next UM-Flint chancellor is now fully underway. Applications are being accepted and email nominations are encouraged. President Mary Sue Coleman has appointed a search advisory committee and hired an executive search firm. Chancellor Ruth Person will step down in summer 2014.

The Michigan Difference

Close to the heart
As a child protection specialist for the United Nations Children's Fund in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, Ford School alumna Tannistha Datta works on issues of child labor, child marriage, human trafficking, and sexual abuse, among others, and her work is close to her heart. She says she is grateful for the chance to help improve the lives of children who "are often the most neglected and forgotten — the 'invisible' children who have slipped through the cracks of the legal, justice, and social protection systems."