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News for Faculty and Staff

October 30, 2014

Making an Impact

Dr. James Shayman, professor of pharmacology and internal medicine, speaks at Tuesday's Celebrate Invention reception, where he and the late Dr. Norman Radin received the U-M Tech Transfer Impact Award for developing a treatment for Gaucher disease type 1. With Shayman are, from left, Lon Radin, son of Norman Radin; Kenneth Nisbet, associate vice president for research – technology transfer; and President Mark Schlissel. The annual Celebrate Invention event recognizes faculty and researchers involved in U-M's technology transfer process. (Photo by Leisa Thompson)

Campus traditions

In the week leading up to Homecoming, LSA Today looks at U-M campus traditions such "pushball," a game introduced in 1908 as an alternative to some of the more dangerous expressions of rivalry between schools or classes. Take a visual tour of both old and ongoing campus traditions.

Finding Michigan’s Mojo

While some Michigan entrepreneurs are leaving for Silicon Valley, others are staying, returning or coming to the state for the first time. This video explores different perspectives about which place is better for startups, and a town hall discussion Friday morning at Stamps Auditorium will consider the question, "What will it take for Michigan to be an entrepreneurial powerhouse again?" A webcast also will be available.

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

"People think about health and health care as something that's done to you, but we're trying to create the notion that it's something done with you. We all have wisdom to share."

Dr. Joyce Lee, associate professor of pediatrics, and associate professor of environmental health sciences.

Old School


A number of international students graduated in the municipal administration degree program in 1927, including Rudolfo Kawi Hidalgo, from Besao in the Philippines. Hidalgo, the son of a rice farmer, went on to represent his district in the Philippine legislature.

Michigan in the News

Research by Dr. Terrill Bravender, professor of pediatrics, shows that many college health centers across the country may lack the resources to fully care for students with chronic health conditions.

U.S. News & World Report

"I would say (Gov. Rick Snyder) has a solid lead. Based upon the polls, I would be very surprised to see (Mark) Schauer win the election. It's not inconceivable, but it definitely looks like the polls lean in Snyder's direction," said Michael Heaney, assistant professor of political science and organizational studies, regarding Michigan's gubernatorial race.


Marianne Udow-Phillips, director of the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation, and Dr. John Greden, professor of psychiatry and executive director of the Comprehensive Depression Center, co-wrote a column about how the passage of Michigan’s autism legislation proves the power of personal advocacy in public policy.

The Detroit News

"The difference between an entrepreneur and a nonentrepreneur is the simple act of starting. Lots of people have great ideas but don't take that one step," said Stewart Thornhill, executive director of the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.

Business News Daily

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra opened its performance last week with "Lost Vegas" by Michael Daugherty, professor of music. It was  described as "an entertaining 15-minute romp … the brassy, syncopated snap, technicolor orchestration and friendly vibe were all instantly identifiable markers of the University of Michigan composer's voice."

Detroit Free Press

“I think big data has a huge potential to help fight not only Ebola, but other disease outbreaks. We need to find a way to do these things on a large scale, using real-time data because time is of the essence," said Marisa Eisenberg, assistant professor of epidemiology and mathematics.

Japan Today