Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, June 18, 2012

Dee Edington, founder of the Health Management Research Center and a professor in the School of Kinesiology, addresses staff and faculty recently at the first annual MHealthy Champions retreat. This spring more than 330 employees volunteered to become Champions for their departments and units, helping to tailor wellness programs to fit their work areas and build a culture of health at the university. (Photo by Nicole Weil, MHealthy)

State will help fund building renovations on all three campuses
State lawmakers have approved legislation that will partially fund the renovation of three U-M academic buildings — one on each campus. The legislation now is awaiting the governor’s signature.

Non-union staff election for DPS Oversight Committee continues through June 22
The election for the non-union staff member on the Department of Public Safety Oversight Committee now is under way. Online voting is available through 4 p.m. June 22. The committee considers grievances against any public safety officer deputized by the university.

Use of LED replacement lights expanded at UM-Flint
The UM-Flint campus will be brighter at night, and more energy-efficient with the continued addition of LED lights to a parking lot and adjacent areas. The ongoing lighting project already is producing tens of thousands of dollars in annual energy cost savings, and also is expected to drastically cut maintenance costs.

The Michigan Difference

An eye on disease
Biophysics sophomore Nilesh Raval wants to help people, and through his undergraduate research he is able to get a head start. He is one of many students who found a research project through LSA’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. Raval, who plans to attend medical school and become an ophthalmologist, has been able to spend two years working for the Kellogg Eye Center researching the correlation between the cornea and some systemic diseases like fibromyalgia and diabetes.