Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Committee on Retirement Savings Plan and Retiree Health Benefits is working to propose ways to reduce the cost of U-M's Retirement Savings Plan and retiree health benefits. Faculty and staff are being asked to complete a brief online survey about the benefit programs they value, and additional programs they may want the university to consider. In this video, Laurita Thomas, associate vice president for human resources, discusses U-M's principles for benefits and the survey, which is open through Sunday.

Civil liberties lawyer to deliver lecture on academic, intellectual freedom
Academic freedom is complicated as a matter of both educational policy and First Amendment right, but it belongs primarily to individual teachers and secondarily to the university as an institution, says civil liberties lawyer Marjorie Heins, who will deliver the 23rd Annual Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom on Oct. 23.

ALS stem cell trial begins at UMHS with first two patients
Two patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — also known as Lou Gehrig's disease — have received stem cell injections to their spinal cords at the U-M Health System, the first two to receive the experimental injections in Michigan as part of a national clinical trial. Additional patients are being evaluated for possible participation in the trial at U-M and Emory University.

Digital imaging advancing care at School of Dentistry
Digital imaging is making significant inroads at the School of Dentistry. New digital imaging equipment recently was installed in 22 clinics to enhance the quality of care patients receive as well as prepare students in dental, dental hygiene, and graduate programs for the digital environment they will experience after graduation.

The Michigan Difference

Close to the heart
As a child protection specialist for the United Nations Children's Fund in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, Ford School alumna Tannistha Datta works on issues of child labor, child marriage, human trafficking, and sexual abuse, among others, and her work is close to her heart. She says she is grateful for the chance to help improve the lives of children who "are often the most neglected and forgotten — the 'invisible' children who have slipped through the cracks of the legal, justice, and social protection systems."