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Michigan Impact

Northern Michigan
2013 summer Issue

Dental students helping in Traverse City, Marquette

U-M School of Dentistry students are making a difference for patients in Northern Michigan by providing oral health care as part of the school’s community-based dental education program.

A summer rotation providing oral health care to migrant workers in the Traverse City area and special needs pediatric patients at Bay Cliff Health Camp in Marquette are just two examples of this important program. The community outreach program consists of direct partnerships between the U-M School of Dentistry and seven federally qualified health centers located in 13 cities throughout Michigan.

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Houghton-based firm participates in tech startup program

A technology acceleration program, Michigan I-Corps, recently brought together university and community innovators from across the state to explore business opportunities around new technologies. Launched in May, the seven-week entrepreneurial training workshop was funded by the National Science Foundation and modeled after its Innovation Corps program.

One team, GLSVSound, hailed from Houghton, Mich. Its team members included engineers and contractors based in the engineering services firm GLSV Inc. The team is developing acoustic modeling software for use in virtual reality simulations. With Michigan I-Corps they were able to explore commercial applications of the technology and enhance their entrepreneurial acumen.

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Thomas Zurbuchen appointed to the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees

Thomas Zurbuchen, associate dean of entrepreneurial programs in the College of Engineering and founding director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, has been appointed to Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees.

Governor Snyder appointed Zurbuchen to serve an eight-year term.

Zurbuchen added, "One of the major reasons I accepted this appointment is my conviction that all universities are giving opportunity to individuals but also are contributors towards building entrepreneurial ecosystems that - together - help us reinvent our state."

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