Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The U-M men’s soccer team celebrates after winning its first Big Ten Tournament title. The 4-1 victory over Penn State on Sunday earned the Wolverines the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This was the second U-M team to win a conference tournament this fall. On Nov. 7, the field hockey team won its first tournament crown since 2005, but lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Athletics)

More evidence that melanoma does not conform to cancer stem cell model
U-M researchers have determined that most types of melanoma cells can form malignant tumors, providing new evidence that the deadliest form of skin cancer does not conform to the increasingly popular cancer stem cell model. In addition, they found melanoma tumor cells can change appearance by switching various genes on and off, making them a stealthy target for researchers seeking new treatments.

U-M partnership will help revamp Japan’s approach to family medicine
A delegation of mayors and hospital executives from Japan will visit the U-M Health System and other area medical facilities today through Thursday as part of an effort to help Japanese doctors revamp the way family medicine is practiced in their country. U-M’s Japanese Family Health Program recently was awarded a $1.4 million grant from the Shizuoka Prefectural Government to help create the partnership.

Mirlyn Mobile allows smart phones to search MLibrary catalog
MLibrary has released Mirlyn Mobile, a new tool that provides basic Mirlyn functionality in a simplified interface designed specifically for mobile devices, and enables MLibrary users to easily search the catalog whenever and wherever they want. It is best viewed via a smart phone or other mobile device, but can also be viewed in a regular browser.

The Michigan Difference

Crossing cultures
In the summer of 2010, a group of 14 undergraduates and four graduate students led by Joe Trumpey, associate professor of art and natural resources, visited Madagascar for a course called EcoExplorers. During the trip, Stephanie Starch worked with Chris Parker to design a human-powered treadle water pump for the small village of Ranobe.