Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Nearly 250,000 ecological specimens from the E.S. George Reserve in Livingston County have been donated to the Museum of Zoology. In this photo, Earl Werner (right), professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and director of the ESGR, joins former EEB graduate students Rick Relyea (left) and Dave Skelly in collecting specimens. Read more about the donation. (Photo by Chris Davis)

University to pay tribute to Betty Ford with public event Thursday
The university will honor the late Betty Ford, wife of the late U.S. president and U-M alumnus Gerald Ford, with a tribute Thursday at Rackham Auditorium. Members of the Ford family are scheduled to attend the event, which is free and open to the public, and includes a keynote address by Ambassador Nancy Brinker and a dance performance.

U-M startup Compendia Bioscience acquired by Life Technologies
Compendia Bioscience, founded in 2006 by a Medical School professor and one of his graduate students, was acquired Monday by Life Technologies Corp. The private Ann Arbor-based company markets an oncology database that pharmaceutical companies use to develop new drugs and identify patients who might benefit from the therapies.

UMHS injections do not involve drug linked to meningitis outbreak
Recently, national news reports have focused attention on a meningitis outbreak apparently linked to contaminated steroid medications used for spinal epidural injections. The U-M Health System has issued a statement explaining it has not purchased any of the medication in question, and that any epidural injections given at its clinics or hospitals did not involve the drug linked to the outbreak.

The Michigan Difference

From the ground up
Inside of a sweltering hoop house, Shaina Shetty smiles as she waters a cluster of newly budded sunflowers. “I like being seen not just as a student, but as a member of the community,” the LSA sophomore says of her summer internship at Growing Hope, an Ypsilanti nonprofit that works to improve community members’ access to healthy food through education and growing their own produce.