UMHS Laundry became the first winner of MHealthy’s “Biggest Winner” Challenge, a physical activity and nutrition challenge designed for units within the university’s Service & Maintenance Department. UMHS Laundry staff were awarded with a victory picnic sponsored by MHealthy and a trophy to display in their work area. The eight-week challenge encouraged friendly competition in the department by naming the unit with the most participants who exercised a minimum of 30 minutes a day at least three days per week the winner. “The most valuable part of the program was the one-on-one consultations with dieticians and fitness experts,” says Tamika McGee, a laundry staff member. “They came right to my work and made it easy for me to learn how to eat and work out.” Photo by Nicole Weil, MHealthy.
The Board of Regents approved a budget that will increase financial aid enough to cover the full rise in the cost of attendance for the typical Michigan resident student with financial need — and reduce the student’s loan burden. The budget was approved June 21 on a vote of 5-3.
Six new human embryonic stem cell lines derived at U-M have just been placed on the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s registry, making the cells available for federally funded research.
The Board of Regents approved the appointment of Jeffrey M. Moelich as executive director of University Audits, effective July 9. The board approved the appointment at its meeting June 21.
James S. House, a world-renowned scholar who has been a leader in recognizing and demonstrating that health and illness are influenced by psychosocial processes, has been selected as the Henry Russel Lecturer for 2013 — one of the university’s highest honors for a senior member of its active faculty.
The Ann Arbor-based company PicoCal will receive a $40,000 Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) grant to support research at U-M to improve the manufacturing process of nano-structured materials and nano devices.
A new college affordability ranking shows U-M has one of the nation’s slowest rates of growth in costs among the nation’s four-year public universities.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to the U-M ArtsEngine initiative to support a national effort to integrate the work of artists and their creative practices into the culture of U.S. research universities.
James Wight, professor of civil and environmental engineering, on studying earthquake damage: “We keep learning from nature."
Dress Series, Mixed Media Paintings exhibit by Kristine Campbell, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. through Aug. 13 at the Gifts of Art Gallery in the Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1.
In a joint effort to improve health outcomes for the region’s older adult patient population, the U-M Health System and St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor will collaborate to open a medical care unit specializing in geriatric care.