Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Lester Monts (right), senior vice provost for academic affairs, congratulates Medical School Dean Dr. James Woolliscroft on his induction into the U-M chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. Looking on is the chapter's student vice president, Matthew Stier. Also inducted in a recent ceremony were School of Education Dean Deborah Loewenberg Ball and Ralph Williams, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English Language and Literature. Click here to read more. (Photo by Mary Beth Donovan)

U-M prescription drug plan outpaces nation; saves $57 million
U-M's prescription drug plan consistently has outperformed the national average, saving nearly $57 million over the eight years the university has operated the self-insured plan, according to the latest report. While the plan's 2010 annual report shows that the university is experiencing continued growth in the total cost of drugs — up 5.4 percent in a year — an array of efforts have helped the university keep increases lower than the national average.

Cecile Aitchison to receive UM-Dearborn’s Susan B. Anthony Award
Cecile Aitchison, assistant vice chancellor for the office of institutional advancement, has been chosen to receive UM-Dearborn's 33rd annual Susan B. Anthony Award. Presented by the campus’ Commission for Women, the award recognizes a member of the UM-Dearborn community who has made significant contributions to gender equality.
• State Rep. Lesia Liss, a UM-Dearborn alumna, has been chosen to receive the Susan B. Anthony Community Award.

New cancer drug discovered at U-M heads to clinical trials
Researchers at the Comprehensive Cancer Center have developed a new drug called AT-406 with potential to treat multiple types of cancer. A study, published this week in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, showed that AT-406 effectively targets proteins that block normal cell death from occurring. Blocking these proteins caused tumor cells to die, while not harming normal cells.

The Michigan Difference

Buddy goes to school
Students in Assistant Professor Mike Lewis’ Media Ethics course at UM-Flint are learning about something they never expected to be part of the curriculum: what it takes to raise and train a leader dog. Lewis is training Buddy for the organization Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, and as part of the project he brings Buddy to class about once a week. “UM-Flint is a great place to train Buddy, with lots of students and activity. He learns to climb stairs, ride elevators, and go through doors," Lewis says.