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Week of September 13, 2010

In Brief

Online registration open for work/life balance conference

Online registration for the Work/Life Resource Center’s 5th Annual Connecting the Dots conference now is open. All university and health system staff members are invited to attend this full-day event, devoted to achieving and sustaining work/life balance. The conference is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Ann Arbor. The conference keynote will be delivered by Joseph Himle, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and School of Social Work. Additionally, attendees will be able to choose from 16 breakout sessions offering tools and strategies focusing on a variety of work/life topics. For additional details about the conference, which has an attendance fee, go to hr.umich.edu/worklife/education/dots/index.html.

Michigan Radio wins national award

The Environment Report from Michigan Radio has been recognized by the Society of Environmental Journalists with an Award for Reporting on the Environment. The second place award is in the Outstanding Beat/In-Depth Reporting, radio category, for the documentary “Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future.” The Environment Report airs on Michigan Radio at 8:55 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Michigan Radio broadcasts at 91.7 FM in southeastern Michigan, 91.1 FM in Flint and 104.1 FM in western Michigan.

UMHHC named Environmental Leadership Circle facility

The U-M Hospitals and Health Centers has been awarded the highest environmental achievement award presented by Practice Greenhealth, a national membership organization of health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations. The UMHHC was named for a fourth year as a member of the Environmental Leadership Circle. The award program recognizes health care facilities that demonstrate leadership in their communities through efforts including the recycling of at least 25 percent of their waste stream and implementation of innovative pollution prevention programs.

Demonstrations feature lower calorie meal makeovers

Sign-up begins Wednesday for MHealthy’s GOOD CHOICE free chef demonstrations, in which participants learn how to make healthy and satisfying lower-calorie meals. The presentations include food samples, recipe ideas and tips on quick meals. Registration is required and space is limited. They are from noon-1 p.m. Oct. 14 at the U-M Medical Campus, Towsley Center, Dow Auditorium (sign up by Oct. 7); noon-1 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom (sign up by Oct. 21); and 2-3 p.m. Nov. 2 at the UM-Dearborn University Center, Kochoff Hall (sign up by Oct. 26). To sign up for the Dearborn site, call 313-593-5190. Register on-line for the Ann Arbor events at hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/programs/nutrition/goodchoice/demos.html. Direct questions to mhealthynutrition@umich.edu or call 734-975-3024.   

Grant applications sought

The Comprehensive Cancer Center is soliciting applications for funds available from the Prostate SPORE grant. Support of up to $70,000 is available for a 12-month period for projects attempting to understand the mechanisms involved in prostate cancer development or to find a prostate cancer treatment or cure. The application deadline is Sept. 23. For more information, contact Jill Miller at 734-998-6761 or at jsmiller@umich.edu.

 

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Stephen Kopera, instructional designer, Information and Technology Services, on the key to producing effective information videos for staff: “The key challenge is conveying the essence of the material.”

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