Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, May 24, 2013

In a medical first, U-M doctors and engineers successfully treated an infant's life-threatening tracheobronchomalacia — a collapsed bronchus — with a bioresorbable splint created on a 3-D laser printer. Watch the video about Kaiba Gionfriddo's procedure, and read more about the groundbreaking development.

UMHS, St. Joseph Mercy team up on specialized geriatric care unit
In a joint effort to improve health outcomes for the region’s older adult patients, the U-M Health System and St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor will collaborate to open a medical care unit specializing in geriatric care. The Acute Care for Elders unit brings together the area’s foremost geriatric experts in a state-of-the-art facility.

Pantanal Partnership team educates Brazilian students
Engineering sustainable solutions is not just about the design — it’s also education. The Michigan Engineering Pantanal Partnership team is championing that idea as it provides knowledge about clean drinking water to children in Brazil. View a selection of photos of the team in action.

ISR awards $250,000 to young, innovative researchers
The Institute for Social Research has awarded more than $250,000 in fellowships to 54 graduate students and researchers in its ongoing effort to support young scholars and innovative social science research.

The Michigan Difference

Nature's calling
Through various presentations and exercises, blind or visually impaired youths and young adults learned to identify and enjoy Michigan birds by sound rather than sight recently at UM-Dearborn. The Celebrate Urban Birds event, organized by student Donna Posont, brought students to the campus' Environmental Interpretive Center in April to build birdfeeders, learn how to capture and band birds, and compare avian skulls and bones.