Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Amid the everyday hustle and bustle at U-M is a wealth of treasures, innovations, and curiosities that help make knowledge possible. This video opens doors to lesser-visited locales, all of which generate great ideas, inspire innovations, and promote reflection on campus.

Action to avert 'fiscal cliff' affects U-M, employees and students
The recent action this week by Congress to address the "fiscal cliff" has some positive news for universities. While most of the focus on the legislation has been with the provision that permanently extends income tax rates for most individuals and families, other provisions affect U-M as an institution, and its employees and students.

Most illicit drug use by teenagers holding steady; turnaround possible with alcohol
The use of most illicit drugs among the nation's teenagers either is holding steady from last year or showing some modest declines, according to findings in the 2012 Monitoring the Future study conducted at the Institute for Social Research. A possible turnaround in alcohol use among older teens has appeared after rates declined to historic lows in 2011.
• The study shows a continuation of the decline in teen smoking in grades eight, 10, and 12.

UMHS implements flu season protection rules; vaccines still available
The U-M Health System's Infection Control and Epidemiology Department has declared that influenza has become widespread in our area. According to university health officials, there is still time to be vaccinated against the flu. UMHS again has joined health care institutions throughout the country in requiring its employees to receive the flu vaccination or wear a protective mask during flu season.

The Michigan Difference

A conservator gives back
Cathleen Baker, a conservation librarian at the U-M Library, has established a new fellowship that gives students, practicing conservators, and researchers the opportunity to actively conserve materials from the library’s extensive collection. The first fellows in the program — Lauren Calcote and Aisha Wahab — currently are working at the library. “Conservators, whether they are associated with institutions or in private practice, are not usually in a financial position to leave their work temporarily to pursue a short-term project that will benefit the profession and our cultural heritage,” Baker says.