Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, September 16, 2011

Malinda Matney, senior research associate in the Division of Student Affairs, inquires about apple varieties with Dale Lesser of Lesser Farms and Orchards of Dexter. Matney and Lesser were at the MFarmers' Market in the Michigan Union Courtyard on Thursday. A collaboration between Michigan Student Assembly, University Unions, University Housing and other campus departments, the event was the first such farmers' market on campus. Another MFarmers' Market is scheduled for Oct. 6. (Photo by Laura Seagram, University Unions)

New patent law will benefit U-M inventors
President Obama's signing of the America Invents Act — the first major overhaul of U.S. patent law in 60 years — will help U-M scientists as the patent system will be more predictable and efficient, university officials say.

Courant says copyright lawsuit over digitized books is 'misguided and unnecessary'
University Librarian and Dean of Libraries Paul Courant says he was disappointed by what he called a “misguided and unnecessary” lawsuit filed this week by the Authors Guild and others seeking to stop digitization efforts of copyrighted material at the U-M Libraries.

Regents approve two new departments at Medical School
The Medical School will establish two new departments — an independent Department of Cardiac Surgery and a comprehensive Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics — following action Thursday by the Board of Regents.
President Mary Sue Coleman praised by regents, returns pay raise.
In other action, regents approved capital outlay projects, Crisler Arena expansion, Med Inn improvements, a new ophthalmology clinic and the purchase of property at 716 Oakland Ave.

Chemistry and biophysics professor on Popular Science 'Brilliant 10' list
U-M chemist and biophysicist Hashim Al-Hashimi on Thursday was named to Popular Science magazine's annual "Brilliant 10" list of the nation's top young scientists. His studies have redefined the iconic DNA double helix by showing that its building blocks occasionally "rock and roll," contorting the molecule into an entirely different structural form.

Fans at football game come to the rescue of heart attack victim
Leo Staudacher is what you'd call a die-hard college football fan. In the second quarter of the Michigan-Notre Dame game Sept. 10, the 69-year-old Bay City man suffered sudden cardiac arrest at Michigan Stadium. After fans performed CPR, he was treated at the U-M Health System and watched the final touchdowns from his bed at the Cardiovascular Center. Although a Notre Dame fan, Staudacher says he'll never root against U-M again.

CRIME ALERT: Attempted armed robbery
600 block of East Hoover Street, near IM Building.

The Michigan Difference

Advocating for families
When law professor Vivek Sankaran saw the growing number of children being unnecessarily placed in foster care in the Detroit area, he saw the need of an advocacy group for low-income families. The Detroit Center for Family Advocacy became a pilot program geared at providing legal representation and social work services to families in need.