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Michigan Impact

Southeast Michigan
2013 spring Issue

U-M provides mentoring, training to inspire minority students' interest in medicine

Cass Technical High School in Detroit has partnered with the U-M Medical School as part of a larger effort to connect the U-M with high schools in under-served areas and to stimulate minority students’ interest in medical careers.

The partnership to train the doctors of tomorrow will focus on academic preparation, career enrichment, individual mentoring and hands-on training.

Throughout the year at the U-M, Cass Tech students will be exposed to a variety of experiences to further their interest in science and medicine, including spending a day in the anatomy lab, participating in a virtual surgical training session at the Clinical Simulation Center and experiencing how to conduct an operation using the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System.

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Student-led commercialization fund leads company to acquisition, inks new investment

The Frankel Commercialization Fund, in collaboration with the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Ross School of Business recently announced that the first company in which it invested has been acquired by an industry leader in solid-state high performance lasers.

Ann Arbor-based Arbor Photonics, a portfolio company of the fund and U-M spinoff whose technology originated within the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been acquired by nLIGHT Corp.

Meanwhile, the student-led venture fund has invested in Fusion Coolant Systems, Inc., a Detroit-based developer of an advanced coolant and lubrication system that makes manufacturing more efficient.

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Revitalization and Business Conference sparks engagement between students and Detroit

A mix of entrepreneurs, students, and Detroit civic and business leaders explored the challenges and opportunities of doing business in the city at the third annual Revitalization and Business Conference, "Detroit on the Move," Jan. 24-25.

Created by the Revitalization and Business Initiative at the Ross School of Business, the conference connected students and the university community with Detroit's leaders and doers.

The conference also highlighted Detroit Impact projects, where students collaborated with businesses and organizations that wanted some new ideas — and some extra hands and brains.

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Marriage to Motown

Pam Fisher, a School of Education graduate from UM-Dearborn, is profiled as one of a growing number of alumni currently teaching in metropolitan Detroit. As UM-Dearborn gears up to celebrate its 25th birthday, the School of Education (SOE) continues to strengthen its relationship with Detroit Public Schools and the surrounding school districts.

UM-Dearborn’s SOE prepares its students to be leaders in local school districts. Workshops held by Richard Moyer, professor of science education and natural sciences, educate teachers about methods and familiarize them with campus.

SOE is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council and recently was recognized as an “exemplary” teacher preparation institution for the fourth year in a row by the Michigan Department of Education.

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