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Michigan Impact

Western Michigan
2013 summer Issue

New STEM scholarships provide critical assistance to Army cadets

Jacob Groeneveld, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering, has loved airplanes and rockets since he was a little kid. So it was a natural step for Groeneveld to transfer from Grand Rapids Community College to U-M — the first aeronautics college program in the U.S., and alma mater of numerous celebrated air and space pioneers.

His next purposeful step was to join the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, perhaps to pilot helicopters one day. These are bold decisions for a young man from the Allegan County community of Dorr. Thanks to a newly created STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) scholarship, Groeneveld can worry less about finances and focus more on his studies and ROTC.

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Making surgery safer: U-M works with local hospitals

Michiganders who go “under the knife” at any one of 52 hospitals across the state can rest easier, knowing their surgical team is taking part in a U-M-led effort to improve the quality and safety of surgery in the state. Called the Michigan Surgical Quality Consortium, the effort includes Borgess Medical Center, Bronson Health, Holland Hospital, Lakeland Healthcare, Mercy Health Partners, Mercy Health St. Mary’s, Metro Health, Spectrum and the other hospitals on this map: http://www.msqc.org/docs/MSQC_Map_05102012.pdf.

Together the doctors, nurses, data analysts and administrators who take part in MSQC have saved untold lives and dollars by pooling information about surgical care, and sharing best practices. The effort has received a new federal designation as one of the country’s only Patient Safety Organizations.

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Michigan Road Scholars identify community-academic collaborations

Traveling Michigan highways and two-lane roads for five days in early May, the 14th annual Michigan Road Scholars (MRS) “seminar on wheels” took 30 faculty and staff members from Detroit to the Upper Peninsula, and from Grand Rapids to Bay City.

“This year, we focused on the ways Michigan is adapting and evolving into the new knowledge-based economy," said MRS coordinator Dana Sitzler. "The scholars visited several firms that share common roots: a dynamic entrepreneur who had the vision, established the company and made a commitment to stay and serve the communities of Michigan.”

In Grand Rapids, the Road Scholars met with the Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi, visited the Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids to observe their remarkable achievements in sustainability, and toured Cascade Engineering, whose CEO Fred Keller discussed his growing firm's operations and mission.

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