Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A U-M report indicates that while about one in five young adults in their late 30s received a flu shot during the 2009-10 swine flu epidemic, about 65 percent were at least moderately concerned about the flu, and nearly 60 percent said they were following the issue very or moderately closely. In this video, Jon Miller, research scientist at the Center for Political Studies, discusses how Generation X sought out and used information about the outbreak.

University again among top five in Peace Corps volunteers
U-M has maintained its top-five ranking among colleges and universities producing the highest numbers of Peace Corps volunteers, according to the organization's national rankings released today.

Obama calls for more higher ed support in State of the Union
Speaking on a theme that he likely will continue in remarks at U-M on Friday, President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for additional financial support to make college more affordable. U-M President Mary Sue Coleman issued a response to Obama's remarks in his State of the Union speech, saying, "We look forward to hearing more about this important topic when the president visits our campus Friday."

Plans for campus bicycle use discussed at town hall meeting
More than 80 faculty, staff and students gathered Tuesday afternoon to learn of the future plans for improving bicycle transit on campus at U-M’s Bike Town Hall. The meeting unveiled a plan to launch a bike rental program for rollout this spring. Other planned improvements include assessing annual commute challenges, updates to maps on the PTS website and facility enhancements.

DPS invites public to crime meeting
Students, faculty, staff and the general public are invited to a Department of Public Safety crime meeting at noon Friday in the Michigan Union Anderson Room. The meeting brings together DPS shift supervisors and officers involved in crime investigations and representatives from Housing Security and Hospital Security. There will be a review of crime activity and crime prevention strategies.

U-M spinoff brings employees, new CEO to NCRC
With a new leader and new labs at the North Campus Research Complex, Lycera Corp. has the space it needs to continue to unravel the challenge of treating autoimmune diseases. Founded by a U-M professor, Lycera moved into 14,000 square feet at NCRC this fall, bringing 25 employees, including a new chief executive officer and president.

The Michigan Difference

Mission to Nicaragua
Four volunteers from the U-M Health System are heading to Nicaragua next month as part of a mission trip to offer basic health care to some of the country's poorest citizens. They will join 20-25 other volunteers on the nine-day trip, conducting six clinics in rural and urban areas around the capital of Managua.