Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, October 22, 2012

Mike Harper, global research manager at Ford Motor Co., discusses survey research with Yichen Wang (center) and Mengmeng Zhang, students in the Institute for Social Research's Program in Survey Methodology, during lunch at the program's executive briefing. The Friday briefing, with executives from Ford, Nielsen Market Research, Abt SRBI, Maritz Research and Market Strategies International, also included U-M faculty members Fred Conrad, Cliff Lampe, Josh Pasek and Jim Lepkowski. (Photo by Eva Menezes, ISR)

VA health researchers tighten ties with U-M; group moving to NCRC
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System is moving 150 researchers to the North Campus Research Complex, making it easier for VA health researchers and their U-M colleagues to study health issues that affect veterans and non-veterans alike, and to test new ideas for improving care in heart disease, diabetes, mental illness, post-traumatic stress disorder and more. Almost all of the core researchers in the group that is moving — the Ann Arbor VA Center for Clinical Management Research — have joint faculty appointments at Medical School or School of Nursing.

Thorough review of pornography case leads to new safety structure
An exhaustive, three-pronged review of how the university handled the discovery of child pornography at the U-M Health System has concluded with the recommendation of a single, unified Division of Public Safety and Security. Board of Regents Chair Laurence B. Deitch announced the new unit at Friday's  board meeting, saying, “We made our intention clear: To insure that the unacceptable situation presented by this case is never repeated at the University of Michigan.”

Endowment distributions increase for ninth straight year, despite slight downturn
Distributions from the U-M endowment increased for the ninth straight year, despite a slight decline in the total value of the endowment to $7.7 billion for the fiscal year that ended June 30. Distributions in fiscal year 2012 totaled $270 million, up from $266 million the previous year. Total distributions over the last five years have reached nearly $1.3 billion to support U-M operations.
Annual report shows university continues to be in great financial health.

Board of Regents approves Donald R. Shepherd Softball Center
The Board of Regents approved the construction of a new softball center and the appointment of an architect for the project Friday. The $4 million Donald R. Shepherd Softball Center will replace the current softball services building adjacent to Alumni Field.
In other action, regents canceled their formal January meeting, and approved work at UM-Flint and the Power Center for the Performing Arts.

This week in The University Record
• U-M recognized with C. Everett Koop National Health Award
• Understanding Alzheimer’s: Study gives insights into how disease kills brain cells
• Report: State could save nearly $1B by expanding Medicaid eligibility
Read these stories and more in the Record, available on racks across campus.

The Michigan Difference

Helping deaf students achieve their dreams
When Dr. Philip Zazove’s parents discovered he was deaf in 1955, they refused to accept a best-case scenario: special education classes and a non-skilled job to be “functional.” Instead, Zazove, professor and interim chair of family medicine, went to college and medical school, then became the third known deaf doctor in the country. Today, he and his family help high-achieving deaf students with college scholarships awarded through the Louise Tumarkin Zazove Foundation.