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2015 FALL ISSUE
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MICHIGAN IMPACT

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Mark S. Schlissel, M.D., Ph.D.

Dear Friends,

It is always a pleasure to see the impact made by the University of Michigan in communities across our state. I have had the opportunity to visit many parts of Michigan and speak with community leaders in recent months, from the Mackinac Policy Conference to a Business Leaders for Michigan event in Grand Rapids, meetings with elected leaders in Lansing, and the Detroit Economic Club.

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The many conversations I’ve had within our state have helped me identify the areas of focus I am working on as I move forward in year two of my presidency. Broadly, those areas are:

  • Academic excellence fueled by strategic collaboration.
  • Increasing access and affordability.
  • Increasing diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the campus community.
  • Enhancing collaboration and partnerships with our regional campuses in Flint and Dearborn, other universities throughout the state, and business and community leaders.
  • Fostering U-M’s global footprint.
  • Ensuring that the U-M Health System is the best it can be in research, teaching and patient care.

I will provide more details during remarks to the university community at 8 a.m. Friday, October 23. The event will be streamed live, and I invite you to view via a link that will be provided that morning on our main page, umich.edu.

I am working to find ways to position U-M for perpetual excellence in research with public impact, research that addresses major societal issues, and scholarship and creative work that enriches the human experience. I also want U-M to provide the best and most forward looking undergraduate and graduate education available today.

To best achieve this, I plan to support our faculty and students’ entrepreneurial spirit and to leverage the remarkable breadth of U-M’s academic portfolio. Our potential to be more than the sum of our many excellent parts is truly exciting.

Partnerships with communities in Michigan are essential to our work. Our revamped Michigan Impact website further highlights the many ways we strengthen and are strengthened by the communities we serve.

Our sheer size gives us advantages in impact, as well. The University of Michigan is the largest employer in our state, with more than 45,000 employees. That includes our health system, which counts 2.1 million patient visits each year.

Finally, I pledge that I'm going to keep listening to you as we work to move Michigan forward. At a place like U-M, you never want to stop listening and learning – especially to those who make our state such a wonderful place.

Sincerely,

Mark S. Schlissel
President

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Southeast MICHIGAN
  • U-M Medical School’s student-run free clinic helps students, patients via new technology
  • U-M in the D for a decade
  • U-M students spent summer conducting research at Detroit nonprofits
  • U-M researchers to study Detroit River phosphorus, green infrastructure
  • U-M, MEDC launch crowdfunding effort to transform vacant Detroit building into community maker space
  • UM-Dearborn faculty research focuses on renovating homes, spirits
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MID MICHIGAN
  • Crim Fitness Foundation and UM-Flint to form strategic partnership
  • U-M Department of Urology now offers pediatric care in Flint
  • $6M grant will allow U-M to advance youth violence prevention work
  • UM-Flint alumnus leads Chevy Commons redevelopment
  • Business plan competition winner from UM-Flint moves into Innovation Incubator
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Northern MICHIGAN
  • Monarchs, milkweed and self-medication in a changing world
  • Playing games with health research?
  • New guide from U-M aims to decrease dangers from long-term IV devices
  • U-M student film "Thru Traffic" at Traverse City Film Festival
  • Researchers from U-M harvesting invasive cattails to restore marsh biodiversity
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WESTERN MICHIGAN
  • U-M Depression Center launches new mental health education website for high schools
  • U-M project seeks to expand citizen engagement
  • GVSU partners with U-M Center for Entrepreneurship to help students pursue marketable research
  • I-Corps program teaches students at WMU and U-M to pursue ideas that sell
  • U-M Water Center studies Great Lakes environmental impacts
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STATEWIDE
  • U-M Tech Transfer reports record year of performance
  • Final report released by U-M on high-volume hydraulic fracturing in Michigan
  • U-M will test new approach to reaching high-achieving, low-income students
  • Students from U-M seized the summer by working on startups
  • U-M Health System launches hand transplant program
  • U-M opens Mcity test environment for connected and driverless vehicles
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