Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

This video shows an app being developed by a team of U-M engineering students and rehabilitation engineers to help users with impaired motor movements that make it hard to manipulate touch-sensitive screens or press the small buttons on iPads and other mobile devices.

Marijuana use rising; Ecstasy use beginning to rise; alcohol use declining among teens
Marijuana use among teens continues to rise this year, Ecstasy use — which fell out of favor in the early 2000s — appears to be making a comeback this year, and alcohol use is continuing its long-term decline. Those are among the findings of the 2010 Monitoring the Future study conducted by a team of social scientists at the Institute for Social Research.
• A substantial decrease in teen smoking that began in the mid-1990s has come to a halt among younger teens.

Regents meeting rescheduled; statements on death of Dr. Mark Pescovitz
The Board of Regents has rescheduled its monthly meeting to 3 p.m. Friday due to the death of Dr. Mark Pescovitz, husband of Dr. Ora Pescovitz, executive vice president for medical affairs. President Mary Sue Coleman, the regents and Ora Pescovitz have issued statements on Mark Pescovitz.

U-M revising IT funding and service strategy
Campus information technology officials updated nearly 500 faculty and staff last week about ongoing efforts to transform U-M's future IT funding approach and service delivery model.
They also shared recommendations from a recent campuswide IT assessment and outlined the university's approach for moving forward.
• Information and Technology Services advises that users of MWireless will need to update wireless devices to recognize a new security certificate on or after Dec. 29.

Refrigerator ottoman and other innovative ideas win 1,000 Pitches competition
A refrigerator ottoman, marketing diabetic medication, and a party-tracking mobile app are among the business ideas put forth by 10 students who won the 1,000 Pitches contest that attracted more than 3,000 ideas from students across the university.

U-M improves preventive, chronic care, saves Medicare more than $15 million
Medicare patients with a host of physical problems are getting better care at the U-M Health System, and staff have saved more than $15 million on the cost of that care over four years. U-M’s savings come from four years of participation in Medicare Physician Group Practice Demonstration Project.

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Mission to Jamaica
Last May Karen Tam and Emmanuelle Ravat-Francoise, two students in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, joined an effort that other U-M students have been undertaking to improve the lives of residents in Jamaica's Hagley Gap. The pair worked to aid operations at a clinic where U-M medical and engineering students also have helped out since 2007.