Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Every day, 19 people die while waiting for an organ transplant and another 138 people are added to the national waiting list. U-M is trying to change those statistics in an effort dubbed Wolverines for Life. In this video, football coach Rich Rodriguez and Dr. Darrell Campbell Jr., chief medical officer for the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers, explain how people can help by joining an annual challenge between U-M and Ohio State University in which the schools compete to see who can register the most organ donors.

UMHS in new health alliance to support independent providers
In a move designed to strengthen independent community hospitals and physician practices, the U-M Health System has joined with Metro Health and Trinity Health to launch Pennant Health Alliance. Initially it will offer clinical support and administrative services in physician alignment and recruitment, health information technology, group purchasing and revenue cycle management.

LSI’s Innovation Partnership accelerates progress of four projects in first year
The Innovation Partnership at the Life Sciences Institute marked its first year with one project spinning off into a new company focusing on obesity and diabetes treatment, and the other three drug-discovery projects making accelerated progress towards treatments in the areas of neurodegenerative disease, bacterial infection, and cancer.

State human services director named UM-Dearborn associate provost
Ismael Ahmed has been named associate provost for integrated learning and community partnerships at UM-Dearborn. Currently director of the state Department of Human Services, Ahmed will join UM-Dearborn on Jan. 3, 2011, and will be responsible for connecting academic initiatives with the community.

UPDATED CRIME ALERT: Unarmed robbery
Sept. 13, Hatcher Graduate Library, composite sketch added.

The Michigan Difference

Bridging cultures with books
After six months teaching English and running a drama club on a Fulbright Fellowship in Kasakhstan, Mary Jo Kietzman Gifford, an associate professor at UM-Flint, hit upon an idea to continue the literature lessons for the Kazakh girls she had been teaching. She is working with UM-Flint graduate students to create on online book club that gives her former students a chance to continue developing their language skills and a community of people with whom to exchange ideas.