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Michigan Impact

2012 Fall Issue


From the Desk of Mary Sue Coleman

Mary Sue Coleman

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Michigan Impact.

The University of Michigan is having tremendous impact throughout our communities. From the downtowns of Detroit and Grand Rapids and the shorelines of Traverse City and Muskegon, to the community colleges of the Upper Peninsula and the medical clinics in mid-Michigan,
U-M is committed to improving the quality of life in the Great Lakes State.

The University has several new initiatives under way that will help elevate our state and region. I am happy to share them with you through this newsletter.

As Always, Go Blue!

Mary Sue Coleman
Mary Sue Coleman
University of Michigan

U-M again tops in research spending

At a record $1.27 billion, the University of Michigan is again ranked No. 1 in research and development spending among the nation’s public universities— virtually all of which occurs in the state.

The total volume of research at the University of Michigan rose by 3 percent—an increase of $37.5 million—in the fiscal year that closed on June 30, 2012. That includes the Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses.

"Research at U-M is tightly coupled with our educational mission, and it is a critical investment in the future," said Stephen Forrest, vice president for research. "Continued growth in support from a wide range of sponsors highlights the value they see in investing in the people and ideas that drive the vitality of our economy."

Funding from the National Science Foundation is up by 7.9 percent, and the Department of Energy increased its support by 8.6 percent. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's investment rose by 15.3 percent, and the Department of Transportation increased its funding by 38.4 percent. Funding from the Department of Defense grew by 9.5 percent, reversing a decline in the previous year.
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U-M launches $9 million effort to strengthen Great Lakes

A new $9 million U-M Great Lakes research and education center will guide efforts to protect and restore the world's largest group of freshwater lakes by reducing toxic contamination, combating invasive species, protecting wildlife habitat and promoting coastal health.

With a $4.5 million, three-year grant from the Michigan-based Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation and another $4.5 million from U-M, the new U-M Water Center will provide a solid scientific framework for more efficient and effective Great Lakes restoration. U-M scientists and their partners across the region will use research and on-the-ground collaboration to inform Great Lakes restoration projects.
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A strong financial commitment to students from our state

As a public institution, U-M maintains a strong commitment to our students from Michigan, 70 percent of whom receive some form of financial aid. This may be hard to believe, but because of the university’s commitment to financial aid, it costs less today to attend U-M than it did four years ago for most undergraduate, Michigan-resident students with financial need—and they have fewer loans.

Last year, U-M helped in-state students by packaging more than $100 million in grants and scholarships alone. None of that money has to be repaid.

U-M is the only public university in Michigan—and one of just a handful in the nation—to maintain a longstanding commitment to meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need through financial aid.
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Caring for patients across the state

Each year, the U-M Health System takes care of patients from every county in the state who come for nearly 2.1 million visits to our clinics or stays in one of our hospitals.

You only have to look up to see one of the most visible signs of U-M’s statewide service: the three Survival Flight helicopters that transport critically ill patients and organs for transplant operations throughout the state. This summer, three new state-of-the-art helicopters went into service, giving Survival Flight an even wider range and the ability to reach patients faster while promising more options for their care in the air. The highly trained flight nurses and pilots make hundreds of flights a year and can reach virtually every corner of the state, and parts of neighboring states and Ontario, on a single tank of fuel.

U-M also delivers more than $330 million in unpaid services to our community through uncompensated care for uninsured or underinsured patients, outreach programs and services, and professional and patient education.

The University is training hundreds of tomorrow’s doctors and scientists each year; about 40 percent of the doctors we train stay in state.
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U-M tech transfer agreements set record

It’s not just the heath of our Michigan residents that we want to improve—we are committed to revitalizing our state as well.

The invention culture at the U-M has led to another record-setting year with more agreements with commercialization partners than ever before—123 licenses and options in FY 2012.

Researchers on the Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses reported 368 new inventions in FY12, another record high. Eleven new startup ventures, eight of which are headquartered in Michigan, were launched in FYI2 with the guidance and resources of our Venture Center. The center, a one-stop hub for entrepreneurs and investors looking for startup opportunities based on U-M research, has launched 98 new companies in the last 10 years, an average of one every five weeks.

The university also reported that 101 U.S patents were issued in FY12, and $13.4 million in licensing royalties were received, providing funds to reinvest in research and innovation. These investments— and the results they reap— demonstrate our commitment to the economic progress for our region and state.
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U-M partners with government in saving lives through 'smart car' technology

Motor vehicle crashes are the single-largest public health crisis in the United States. But the launch of a new year-long test of "smart car" technology conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute will help save lives and reduce injuries among American motorists.

This first-of-its-kind effort will test a Wi-Fi-like technology in nearly 3,000 vehicles that allows vehicles and highway infrastructure to "talk" to each other, as well as to traffic lights and other road signals located at intersections, curves and highway sites throughout a test-pilot area in northeast Ann Arbor.

Safety Pilot Model Deployment, a $22 million partnership between UMTRI and the U.S. Department of Transportation, is part of a joint research initiative led by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It is the largest connected-vehicle, street-level pilot project ever conducted.
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Nation’s first university business engagement network set in Michigan

Launched in 2011 with a $1.8 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Corporate Relations Network is the nation’s first statewide university business engagement network.

Partner institutions include the University of Michigan, which serves as the project lead, and Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Michigan Technological University, Western Michigan University, and the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

To date, 47 companies have used the network and its programmatic resources, including Horner Flooring, a Houghton-based company that makes hardwood and synthetic flooring for the NBA, NCAA, and the Olympic Games. Through the MCRN's small company internship program— a matching funds program to assist companies in hiring interns— the company brought on a marketing student from nearby Michigan Technological University. The internship was so successful that the company created a full time position for the student. To date, more than 38 internships have been created around the state as a result of the internship program.

MCRN outreach programs:

  • The Small Company Innovation Program offers matching funds for company-specific research projects with MCRN partner universities.
  • The Small Company Internship Award Program provides matching funds for students to work as summer interns or in cooperative positions with corporate partners in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • The Instant Innovation Program pairs Michigan companies with faculty experts from MCRN universities for day-long brainstorming sessions focused on technology and process issues.
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Clean Energy Venture Challenge helps teams refine business models

The Venture Challenge enables student- and faculty-led teams from across the state to go from an idea to venture launch during a six-month program sponsored by the U-M Center for Entrepreneurship.

During the competition, teams received extensive skill-building training and mentoring to find and refine their business models. They network with other entrepreneurs and investors from throughout Michigan. The challenge drew 71 teams from 11 schools in 2012.

Participating universities include Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Kettering University, Michigan Tech, Michigan State, Oakland University, Lawrence Tech, Grand Valley, Northwood University, Wayne State and U-M.
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Donors offer transformative support for the arts

Nearly $1.7 billion in support for the U-M comes from donors and gifts from every county across Michigan. Support also comes from alums, and that happened in a significant way this year in the arts at U-M.

Penny and E. Roe Stamps

As a symbol of gratitude and recognition of the vision of Penny and E. Roe Stamps, the University of Michigan Board of Regents this fall approved the renaming of the art-and-design school to the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design. The total commitment to U-M's School of Art and Design—where Penny Stamps is an alumna (BS, Design '66)—is $40 million, $32.5 million from the Stamps family foundations, and a $7.5 million match from the university. The transformative support makes the Stamps the most generous donors in the School of Art and Design's history and among the most charitable benefactors to an art-and-design school in the United States. The Stamps funding addresses an urgent need for universities to be affordable while fostering creativity and global citizenship in college students. The funding further adds to the Stamps' support for programs and facilities on campus while adding Stamps Creative Work Scholarships to provide merit scholarships for a significant number of art-and-design students.

William K. and Delores S. Brehm

The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, ranked among the top performing arts schools in the nation, has received an $8-million gift from William K. and Delores S. Brehm to renovate and expand one of the school's principal North Campus buildings, the Earl V. Moore Building.

"We do art and science very well at this university; what binds the two is the university's capacity for creativity," President Mary Sue Coleman said when announcing the gift. "With their generosity, the Brehms are expanding the U-M environment for creative work and creative approaches. This transformation of SMTD is genuinely exciting, and complements new performance spaces such as the Walgreen Drama Center and Arthur Miller Theatre."

Bill majored in mathematics and physics when he attended U-M in the late 1940s/early 1950s, graduating with honors in mathematics. Dee is a 1952 graduate of Eastern Michigan University; she concentrated in special education and taught in that field in California.
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U-M Road Scholars took to the road with 13th annual traveling seminar

Nearly three-dozen U-M faculty experts and senior staff took to the road this spring for the 13th annual traveling seminar known as the Michigan Road Scholars. For five days, they traveled the highways and back roads of Michigan with stops in Benton Harbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Mackinaw City, Sault Ste. Marie and Traverse City.

Just a few of the highlights occurred In Traverse City, when the scholars visited the Father Fred Foundation/ STEP program for kids in transition, and talked with leaders of the Traverse City poverty reduction initiative. They also discussed arts and economic development with state theater/film festival folks. The group also toured Goodwill and had dinner with the Grand Rapids alumni club scholarship recipients and their families.

For more than a decade, the Michigan Road Scholars program has sparked numerous academic-community collaborations that continue to enhance local assets and solve local issues, everything from new research initiatives that expand the body of knowledge and help guide local initiatives to expert consultations with industry and direct interactions in schools and communities across the state. Long-standing collaborations with urban, rural and Native American communities around the state—in issues of the environment, K-12 education and higher education preparedness, public health, community and economic development and more—continue years later to contribute to the well-being of the state of Michigan and its citizens.
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Community based dentistry brings care to patients

Nearly thirty years ago, the U-M School of Dentistry pioneered the Migrant Worker Dentistry Program to expose select students to the real-world oral health needs of a traditionally underserved population. With that program as a model, the Community-Based Dental Education program has expanded to all fourth-year students. Our students have become essential contributors on a constant basis to seven community health care provider partners throughout Michigan.

The objective result is a robust clinical experience for students, improved oral health for thousands of underserved individuals, and better general community health.
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