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August 21, 2017

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May 1, 2017

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Michigan Union renovation designers earn environmental design award

Workshop Architects, consultants for the Michigan Union renovation project, recently earned the Environmental Design Research Association's Certificate of Research Excellence for its social research effort, Campus Capital Framework: Mapping Meaning to Inform the Michigan Union Renovation. CORE recognizes rigorous, valuable and impactful practice-based research that sparks innovation and promotes best practice in environmental design. The Campus Capital Framework project measured student perceptions of the university's physical campus in terms of places that help generate four forms of capital: social, intellectual, symbolic and restorative. Results showed that the Michigan Union ranks among the most significant places on campus, and also is the only place that ranked among the top settings for each form of capital. These findings provided administrators and designers with a baseline measure of place meaning on campus for the Michigan Union and future campus planning projects, and a basis for future post-occupancy evaluation.

School of Public Health launches Global Cancer Initiative

The School of Public Health has launched a Global Cancer Initiative in partnership with the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center. The initiative will build on the university's existing global partnerships in research and training to address cancer prevention and control measures across the globe. Laura Rozek, associate professor of environmental health sciences, of nutritional sciences and of global public health, and associate director of the Office of Global Public Health, SPH; and assistant professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, Medical School, will direct the initiative. Researchers from SPH and the cancer center will work in Central America, southeast Asia and Ethiopia, with plans to grow projects in these locations and expand to other parts of the world. Rozek said the goal is to build sustainable and self-sufficient projects with partners that address cancer prevention and control.

Safe Medication Disposal Event sees another successful year

During the April 4 Safe Medication Disposal Event hosted by the College of Pharmacy, 317 pounds of non-controlled medication and 40 pounds of controlled medication were safely disposed of through incineration. During the event, students operated two collection locations at Ingalls Mall and the North Campus Research Complex. Since the event's inception in March 2014, students have collected a total of 2,139 pounds of medication that are no longer in homes, landfills or the water supply.

Medical School professor to lead new sports medicine center

Asheesh Bedi, Harold W. and Helen L. Gehring Early Career Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, Medical School, has been appointed director of the newly formed Michigan Center for Human Athletic Medicine and Performance. The center will leverage the strengths of U-M's internationally recognized intercollegiate athletic programs, world-class health system and highly regarded MedSport sports medicine program to advance research, education and clinical care efforts in athletic performance and the prevention and treatment of sports injuries. Bedi is a Medical School alumnus, the chief of sports medicine at Michigan Medicine, head orthopaedic team physician for U-M athletics and a team physician for the Detroit Lions. He is also head orthopaedic consultant for the National Basketball Players Association and a consultant for the Detroit Red Wings, and the National Football League and National Hockey League player's associations. Bedi specializes in arthroscopic and open surgery for athletic injuries of the shoulder, elbow and knee, and is an internationally renowned surgeon of hip preservation.

NIH selects U-M as key site for national research consortium

The Congenital Heart Center at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital was again selected as a core site in the Pediatric Heart Network, a cooperative network of pediatric cardiovascular clinical research centers that participate in transformative research focusing on congenital and acquired heart disease in children. U-M will function as one of nine core sites, and the state's only PHN site. The grant provides $2.3 million in research funding over a period of seven years to support collaborative PHN research studies. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, funds the PHN. Co-principal investigator Sara Pasquali, Janette Ferrantino Professor of Pediatrics, professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases, Medical School, said participating in the PHN means U-M is able to offer its patients and families the opportunity to participate in important research and studies investigating cutting-edge therapies.

— Compiled by Safiya Merchant, The University Record