Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Rebecca Deck, a 2009 fellow in the Community Based Research Fellowship program (left), interviews vendors at Detroit’s Eastern Market. For more about the CBRF program, see third story on this page. (Photo by Christine Hwang)

Scientists win $6.8M in stimulus-fund grants for stem cell research
U-M researchers have been awarded 13 federal stimulus-fund grants, totaling $6.8 million, for research projects involving adult and embryonic stem cells. The research funds were included in the $787 billion federal economic stimulus package and are among more than 260 stimulus awards U-M scientists have received so far from the National Institutes of Health.

Bill Martin to retire as athletic director next year
U-M Director of Athletics Bill Martin has announced that he will retire from his position on Sept. 4, 2010. Martin has been athletic director since Aug. 1, 2000, and had served as interim athletic director for the previous five months. President Mary Sue Coleman praised Martin’s leadership and said she will personally oversee the search for his successor.

Students to showcase research for community-based groups
Twenty-eight students assisted a variety of organizations over the summer as part of the Community Based Research Fellowship Program. Their work, which helped more than a dozen community-based organizations and civic agencies in Wayne and Washtenaw counties launch new initiatives, will be showcased at a symposium Friday.

Business school ranked No. 1 for environmental and social responsibility
The Stephen M. Ross School of Business is the best business school in the United States for integrating environmental, social, and ethical issues into its MBA program, according to the Aspen Institute's 2009-10 Beyond Grey Pinstripes report. The biennial survey and ranking of business schools placed Ross No. 2 overall.

The Michigan Difference

The little things matter
Tiffany Ofili inhabits a world of tiny tolerances and knows how small mistakes can cause big problems. As a four-year star sprinter, hurdler, and long jumper for the women's track and field team, co-captain Ofili already knew how that maxim can affect athletic performance. But pharmacy school gave the rule another meaning.