Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Sunday, October 3, 2010

In this video, Gary Smith, co-director of the Consortium for Stem Cell Therapies, discusses the creation of Michigan’s first human embryonic stem cell line.

University creates the state’s first human embryonic stem cell line
U-M researchers have created the state’s first human embryonic stem cell line, achieving a long-sought goal that provides the foundation for future efforts to develop innovative disease treatments. The new cell line, known as UM4-6, is the culmination of years of planning and preparation at U-M and was made possible by Michigan voters’ November 2008 approval of a state constitutional amendment permitting scientists here to derive embryonic stem cell lines using surplus embryos from fertility clinics.

University takes additional steps to support MSA president
President Mary Sue Coleman has issued a statement in support of Michigan Student Assembly President Chris Armstrong, who has been targeted because of his sexual orientation.
• Vice President for Student Affairs E. Royster Harper and Laura Blake Jones, associate vice president and dean of students, write in a Michigan Daily viewpoint piece today that students, staff and faculty have rallied to support Armstrong.
AnnArbor.com reports that Andrew Shirvell has taken a voluntary leave of absence from his job as Michigan assistant attorney general.

Canter outlines NCRC’s transition from vision to reality
Within three years, the North Campus Research Complex could be a bustling center of 1,000 researchers and staff, five private companies and the largest university-based cluster of health services researchers. NCRC Executive Director Dr. David Canter detailed those plans and more for the complex at a symposium Friday.

Zell Lurie Institute launches social-impact investment fund
Marshaling increasing student interest in social-impact investing, the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies recently launched the Social Venture Fund. Its goal is to train students to invest in and manage sustainable, for-profit enterprises that respond to societal needs that would otherwise not be met as effectively or at all by other market players.

MHealthy team seeking applications for ergonomics grants
The MHealthy Ergonomics Awareness Team is launching its fifth annual ergonomics grants program today. Departments or units in need of financial help to purchase equipment or redesign work processes to solve ergonomic issues can receive up to $5,000 to implement solutions that make the work environment safer.

Legal scholar to address topic of law in college classrooms
Michael Olivas, the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Houston Law Center, will address the topic of “God, Grades and Sex: The Developing Law of the College Classroom” at the 20th annual Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom on Oct. 11.

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Competing for the ArtPrize
The second annual ArtPrize competition currently is under way in Grand Rapids. U-M alumni and faculty have entered works in the innovative and experimental competition, in which the public votes and determines the top award of $250,000.