Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

At the invitation of Jack Roush, founder and CEO of Roush Fenway Racing, the U-M Solar Car Team traveled to the Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The solar car team was given an all-access pass to the event on Sunday, and had an opportunity to drive Quantum on the track for a parade lap. Click here to read more about the team’s trip to MIS, and to last weekend’s Woodward Dream Cruise. (Photo by Evan Dougherty)

U-M expands innovative depression support program for primary care patients
Patients often are turning to their family doctor for help with depression and other mental health issues. Depression is listed as a diagnosis for one in 10 office visits, and primary care doctors prescribe more than half of all antidepressants. Now, the U-M Health System is expanding an innovative depression support program to patients at all 12 of its primary care sites.

MLK memorial creators to receive Distinguished Alumni Awards
Ed Jackson Jr. and James Chaffers, who helped create the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C., that opened this week, will be honored with Distinguished Alumni Awards Oct. 28 in Stamps Auditorium at Walgreen Drama Center. Jackson, an architecture alumnus, and Chaffers, an alumnus and professor emeritus of architecture at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, also will take part in a panel discussion focused on the inception, design and construction of the King memorial.

Innovation Index shows mixed results for first quarter 2011 in UM-Dearborn study
UM-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research — iLabs — released its Innovation Index for the first quarter 2011. The index, which quarterly measures economic innovation activity in the state of Michigan, fell from 94.4 to 90.9. Positive indicators in the first quarter were incorporations, which showed a strong increase, and trademark applications, which now stand at the highest level since 2006.

The Michigan Difference

Keeping babies safer
There are approximately 1,300-1,600 reported cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome each year in the U.S. One out of four babies with the syndrome die. Dr. Faisal Mawri, a pediatrician at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, has developed a community-based initiative to combat this health challenge. He created the Keep Infants Safe and Secure program, which works with three Flint high schools to educate students about the effects and dangers of SBS.