Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Visitors to the Gerald R. Ford Library on North Campus may sign a condolence book for former first lady Betty Ford, who died Friday. The library lobby will be open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through Friday for those wishing to express their sympathy to the Ford family. A condolence book also will be available outside the Betty Ford Classroom of Weill Hall from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Friday. Officials from U-M and the Ford School of Public Policy remembered Mrs. Ford this week as the nation mourned her loss. Her late husband, President Ford, was a U-M alumnus. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

U-M launching Planet Blue Ambassadors program this fall
Students will not be the only ones in the classroom this fall, as a unique pilot program involving U-M students and staff kicks off as part of the university's commitment to sustainability. The collaborative, seminar-based program involves five campus groups and will provide the necessary skills and training for Planet Blue Ambassadors, while it also explores similarities and differences in staff and student experiences.

Prescription Drug Plan selects new mail service pharmacy
Beginning Sept. 1, the U-M Prescription Drug Plan will provide mail order service through NoviXus Pharmacy Services, replacing Walgreens. Overall administration of the university's drug plan will continue under informedRx/SXC. The change of vendors will affect only mail order prescriptions and will not alter other plan features, coverage or member copay amounts.

University launches new mobile version of the Gateway
U-M launched a mobile version of its website, www.umich.edu, today. The mobile version of the Gateway will include access to news, events, maps and wayfinding tools, and other campus information, and also will provide access to other mobile sites at the university.

Active U winners announced; $9,800 donated to Emergency Hardship Program
Active U's sixth year proved to be its biggest to date, with more than 11,300 participants logging more than 20 million physical activity minutes and raising $9,841 for the U-M Emergency Hardship Program.

County leaders unite to meet community's health care needs
Thanks to a new initiative that features U-M involvement, low-income residents, Medicaid recipients and the uninsured in Washtenaw County could see current gaps in accessing health care start to shrink before 2014, when health coverage expands nationwide.

Researchers helping to reduce maternal mortality in Liberia
Two School of Nursing researchers are part of a new project that aims to improve the prospects for expectant mothers and children in the West African nation of Liberia, which has one of the world's highest maternal mortality rates. The goal is to improve mother and child health by increasing access to safe delivery services at rural health clinics staffed by skilled birth attendants.

This week in the University Record
• Volunteer spirit powers Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum
• University units display, serve during art fair
• Spotlight: Library conservator featured for Ann Arbor Street Art Fair
Read these stories and more in the University Record, available on racks across campus.

Hospitals expect to add 500 new employees by November opening
The new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital will add 500 new employees by the time they open in November. The hospitals already have added 150 new staff employees in many areas, and another 63 job openings currently are posted. In addition, a number of new faculty physicians are joining the U-M Medical School.

Solar Car Team launches fundraising campaign for 2011 effort
The U-M Solar Car Team has built 11 cars and won six national championships. Yet one goal still remains: win the World Solar Challenge. In its quest, the team has launched the "100 Days to Win the World" campaign to raise $200,000 that will help fund further development of Quantum, its 2011 vehicle that will compete in the October race across the Australian Outback.

A century of bird study in northern Michigan
This year marks a full century that instructors at the U-M Biological Station on Douglas Lake near Pellston have been teaching students about northern Michigan's birds. While the technology used by students has changed over the years, the class' focus still is basically the same: identifying and studying birds in their natural environment.

IF YOU MISSED IT: Court decision says 2006 Proposal 2 unconstitutional
A panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on July 1 issued a decision finding as unconstitutional Proposal 2, a ballot initiative approved by Michigan voters in 2006 that amended the Michigan Constitution to prohibit discrimination and preferential treatment based on race, ethnicity, sex, or national origin in public education, public employment, and public contracting.

The Michigan Difference

A 'radical educator'
Dennis Littky’s profile on the social network Twitter says simply “Radical Educator.” He is no fan of what he calls the factory model of schools, nor of standardized tests. “Who wants a standardized kid?” he asks. The U-M alumnus has been a radical educator — a successful one — for four decades, serving as principal in several schools and starting his own schools, including the 2009 founding of College Unbound.