Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, August 20, 2012

Aaron Shinkle, a graduate student in chemical engineering, prepares a liquid-battery test cell as part of project that seeks to develop so-called flow batteries, which could provide better energy-storage options than lithium-ion batteries. Read more about the work on flow batteries being led by Charles Monroe and Levi Thompson, professors of chemical engineering. (Photo by Joseph Xu, College of Engineering)

Six employees awarded $750 in prizes for completing MHealthy Rewards 2012
MHealthy recently announced six winners of the MHealthy Rewards Grand Prize Drawing. They were selected randomly from among benefits-eligible faculty and staff members who completed the 2012 health questionnaire and a wellness screening, to receive prize packages valued up to $750 each.

Applicants sought for CHRT Policy Fellowship
U-M researchers can now apply for the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation Policy Fellowship, which joins selected health services researchers and state policy-makers to learn about policy-making, health services research, and the intersection between the two. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Sept. 14.

U-M forms nonprofit joint venture for advanced DNA diagnostics
As a key step toward providing patients with treatments based on their own DNA profiles, U-M and the International Genomics Consortium have launched a joint venture that will help usher in an age of personalized medicine.

Michigan Radio to launch local talk show with Cynthia Canty
Veteran Detroit radio personality and Emmy Award-winning news anchor Cynthia Canty is joining Michigan Radio to host a new weekly, local talk show at the station. "Stateside with Cynthia Canty," will premiere Sept. 6 and air Thursdays from 3-4 p.m.

Helicopters mark new era for UMHS Survival Flight program
Three new maize-and-blue helicopters soon will be saving lives in the air above the Great Lakes states, and speeding patients toward advanced care at the U-M Health System’s hospitals. The American Eurocopter 155 helicopters mark the beginning of a new era for the 29-year-old Survival Flight program. The first one entered service last week.

New app, web portal allow U-M patients mobile access to health records
U-M Health System patients will be able to skip calls to the doctor’s office for some of the most common questions regarding their health, with today's launch of the patient portal MyUofMHealth.org. Along with the corresponding MyChart app for iPhones and Androids, it offers patients electronic access to portions of their own health records.

Grant subsidizes access to library resources for Michigan entrepreneurs
A new grant will enable Michigan entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses to more readily obtain critical information from journals, conference proceedings, books, and other research library holdings at greatly reduced prices.

Kellogg Foundation awards U-M $2M to address inequities in children’s eye care
A two-year, $2 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will allow U-M ophthalmologists and researchers, along with collaborators around the state, to tackle disparities in children’s eye care that may result in delayed detection of eye disease or inadequate follow-up once a problem has been identified.

Sick appointed AVP for natural sciences, engineering at OVPR
Volker Sick, professor of mechanical engineering, has been appointed associate vice president for research — natural sciences and engineering, effective Sept. 1, pending approval by the Board of Regents. Sick will serve as liaison between the Office of the Vice President of Research and scholarly and creative activities across the university in the natural sciences and engineering.

Crowdfunding program that will help students follow their dreams will pilot at U-M
A new crowdfunding platform that lets investors back individual people rather than specific ideas or projects will be piloted at U-M and four other universities this fall. Upstart — founded by Dave Girouard, a U-M alumnus and former president of Google Enterprise — lets college grads and would-be entrepreneurs raise capital in exchange for a small share of their income for a 10-year period.

Bottom named head coach for swimming and diving programs
Athletic director Dave Brandon has announced the combining of the men's and women's swimming and diving programs and that Mike Bottom has been named the head coach for both teams.

Professor awarded genius grant as inaugural Simons Investigator
Sharon Glotzer, the Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering, was named one of 21 inaugural Simons Investigators for her work on predicting how nanoparticles assemble. The award from the Simons Foundation comes with $660,000 in funding that can be used in an unrestricted way to pursue her best and boldest ideas.

SECURITY BULLETIN: Bike thefts prompt U-bolt lock recommendation
Thefts of bicycles from the U-M campus continue to be a concern for U-M police, says Joe Piersante, interim chief of police. At least 67 bicycles have been reported stolen from campus locations in 2012. 

U-M police recommend using U-bolt locks, rather than flexible cable locks that easily are cut by thieves.

This week in the University Record
• Scientists 'hear a star scream as it gets devoured' by supermassive black hole
• Stem cell therapy could offer new hope for defects, injuries to head, mouth
• Predatory beetles eavesdrop on ants’ chemical conversations
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Broadway's pop star activist
For several years now, Gavin Creel routinely has been described as a “Tony-nominated musical theatre star.” More recently the word “activist” began appearing alongside his name. Now, with the release of his third solo album, the tag may become “pop music powerhouse.” In fact, he is all of the above.