Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

As the massive damage from Hurricane Sandy begins to be assessed along the East Coast, U-M engineering researchers are working to solve a decades-old problem of determining a storm's strength before it hits land. Christopher Ruf, professor of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences, and electrical engineering and computer science, is coordinating with NASA on a global satellite project that will use GPS signals to see inside a storm and judge its intensity as it develops.

U-M launches $9 million effort to guide Great Lakes restoration, research and education
A new $9 million U-M Great Lakes research and education center will guide efforts to protect and restore the world's largest group of freshwater lakes by reducing toxic contamination, combating invasive species, protecting wildlife habitat and promoting coastal health. With a $4.5 million, three-year grant from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, the new U-M Water Center will provide a solid scientific framework for more efficient and effective Great Lakes restoration.

Brehm gift launches building expansion at School of Music, Theatre & Dance
The School of Music, Theatre & Dance, ranked among the top performing arts schools in the nation, has received an $8 million gift from William K. and Delores S. Brehm to renovate and expand one of the school’s principal North Campus buildings, the Earl V. Moore Building, pending regental approval at the Nov. 15 meeting.

New U-M fellowship commemorates Raoul Wallenberg
The university is offering a new annual fellowship that commemorates one of its most illustrious graduates, Raoul Wallenberg, who rescued tens of thousands of Jews during World War II, President Mary Sue Coleman announced today. The Wallenberg Fellowship gives a graduating senior $25,000 to carry out independent explorations, projects or activities anywhere in the world.

President Coleman announces new award to honor staff innovation
President Mary Sue Coleman today announced the new Presidential Innovation Award for Staff recognizing innovations in process, product, method or system. The awards will be given in collaboration with Voices of the Staff and will honor staff members whose uncommon behaviors and strategies enable them to find better solutions.

Harvard health care research leader to direct new policy institute
A Harvard University doctor and leader in health policy research who has devoted his career to making health care better and more fair will head a large new U-M institute that focuses on those same goals. President Mary Sue Coleman today announced the intended appointment of Dr. John Z. Ayanian as the first director of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.

Cancer Center gets $28.4 million grant from National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute has awarded the Comprehensive Cancer Center a grant worth $28.4 million over five years. At the same time, the center’s designation as a “comprehensive cancer center” was renewed. The new grant will fund the center through 2017.

Waggoner Lecture will focus on ethical reform of health care in U.S.
Six days before voters head to the polls, U-M will host a lecture by the president of the American Medical Association on the divisive political topic of health care reform. Dr. Jeremy Lazarus will speak on “Fixing Health Care – The Ethical Way” at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Ford Auditorium of University Hospital.

The Michigan Difference

Finding refuge
When a refugee crisis was brewing in Nepal in 2011, a nongovernmental organization asked James Hathaway, James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law and one of the world's foremost experts on refugee law, to visit Nepal and discuss the options. By the end of his trip, Hathaway not only had discussed and critiqued the draft statutes he'd been asked to review, but he unexpectedly had helped five NGOs meld the best elements of their proposals for refugee protection.