Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, February 10, 2012

Athletic Director David Brandon (left) and National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman announce the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs will face off Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium in the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. At Thursday's announcement, Bettman presented Brandon with a $250,000 check from NHL Charities for the general scholarship fund at U-M. The Board of Regents on Wednesday authorized Brandon to enter into the contract with the NHL. Click here to read more.

Coleman calls delay in crime report a 'serious failure'
President Mary Sue Coleman today called the six-month delay in appropriately handling a suspicion of child pornography “a serious failure on the part of our institution.” Coleman’s statement accompanies the release today of a detailed report on the six-month delay in response to the suspicion that a medical resident possessed child pornography on a flash drive he brought to work at the Health System.

Plans for Fuller Road Station put on hold
The university and city of Ann Arbor jointly have decided to set aside plans for the Fuller Road Station and parking facilities as presently designed. Fuller Road Station and parking facilities were scheduled to be built near the corner of Fuller Road and East Medical Center Drive, adjacent to the main medical campus.

School of Nursing forms master's degree partnership with Peace Corps
The School of Nursing has become the first school in the nation to partner with the Peace Corps on an academic concentration that can be added to any master's degree and can include 27 months of overseas service. The option will be available to U-M nursing students starting in fall 2012.

Governor proposes increase in higher education funding
Vice President for Government Relations Cynthia Wilbanks says it will be important to do a thorough analysis Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed higher education budget before knowing just how the new approach to funding will affect U-M in fiscal year 2013 and beyond. Snyder delivered the fiscal year 2013 plan to the state Legislature on Thursday.

Symposium asking companies to apply for positions to pitch for funding
Organizers of the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium have issued a call for presenting companies for the 31st annual event May 15-16. Each year, the symposium serves as a conduit for introducing early stage and emerging growth companies seeking funding to U.S. investors prospecting deals. It also has played a key role in trumpeting spinoff companies from Midwest research universities, including U-M.

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Bringing family medicine to Japan
Helping to revamp family medicine in Japan has been the pet project of Michael Fetters for nearly 20 years. The U-M associate professor of family medicine directs the Japanese Family Health Program and is working to create a residency-training program for Japanese doctors. His aim not only is to improve family medicine through better education but also to provide better medical care in rural areas.