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Michigan Impact

Northern Michigan
2012 Fall Issue


U-M’s impact on the state — and your region

Michigan Impact provides county-by-county, regional and statewide looks at how the University of Michigan is impacting the mitten state. From the number of students enrolled at U-M who come from our state (and the financial aid we provide) to the people we employ, to the Michigan companies we use to run our three campuses, the clickable maps offer information on our economic reach. Also featured are news highlights from both statewide and regional perspectives.

Telemedicine and clinics increase access to U-M pediatric cardiologists

Children with heart problems come to U-M from all over the nation and world for evaluation and care—in fact, U-M’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is ranked fourth in the nation for children’s heart care.

But kids from northern Michigan don’t have to travel all the way to Ann Arbor for all of their visits, because U-M specialists come to them. For decades, a U-M pediatric cardiologist has offered occasional clinics in the area, and for the last year U-M has had an even more regular presence in the area, with the arrival of Dr. Catherine Webb. She sees young heart patients in Petoskey and Traverse City, as well as Grand Rapids, and helps local doctors connect with U-M physicians in Ann Arbor via “telemedicine” links.
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U-M’s Biological Station explores solutions for environmental problems

For more than 100 years, the U-M Biological Station in northern Michigan has been a leader in field research, allowing students and faculty to develop interdisciplinary solutions to environmental problems.

"We want to know how environmental systems work biologically," says Knute Nadelhoffer, director of the U-M Biological Station. "We want to know these systems interact with the climate and how they interact with people in order to predict how they will sustain life and our culture and economy. Students learn to grapple with ideas, the data that comes out of their experiments and interpretation of that data. That's science. That’s what we do."

Additionally, the U-M Biological Station hosted 20 eighth-grade students from the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, who spent a week in June at Camp KinoMaage. The students collaborated with U-M faculty, students and expert staff, and elders of the Sault Tribe to examine natural phenomena, consider the ways in which ancient and modern knowledge converge, and acquire conversational experience in the Ojibwe language.
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U-M, Traverse City Film Festival build on ‘educational partnership’

For the fourth consecutive year, film experts and students from U-M took part in the Traverse City Film Festival 2012 this summer.

Drawn from U-M's Department of Screen Arts and Cultures, faculty members served as jurors for both feature films and documentaries in the United States and foreign film categories, as well as short films. U-M’s educational partnership with one of the highest attended, critically acclaimed film festivals in the Midwest also includes faculty serving as moderators, conducting workshops on production and acting for the camera, and premiere screenings of two short student films.
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