A University of Michigan administrator says the school faces serious challenges in continuing to build its research activities despite a steady pattern of growth that led to $1.3 billion in work during the most recent fiscal year. S. Jack Hu is interim Vice President for Research and submitted his office's annual report to the regents Thursday.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The federal government has awarded an $8.5 million, five-year contract to the University of Michigan's Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center to coordinate the United States Renal Data System. The national data system collects, analyzes and distributes information about patients with chronic kidney disease.
The university announced the contract Thursday, saying that about 13 percent of Americans have chronic kidney disease. It says that each year, 100,000 Americans develop end-stage kidney disease that requires dialysis or a kidney transplant.
People interested in cutting through all the information and misinformation about healthcare reform can turn to an online class from the University of Michigan. U of M is offering a free online class to help everyone get a better understanding of US health care reforms.
WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more on the Understanding and Improving the US Healthcare System class:
The head of the University of Michigan's North Campus Research Complex says they are on target with the 10-year plan for the facility. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Board of regents Thursday received an update on the status of the former Phizer facility.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan Board of Regents has appointed an advisory committee to help search for the school's next president. The board on Thursday announced the appointment of seven faculty members to work with the board and a search firm. Russell Reynolds Associates will be paid a $300,000 flat fee with expenses not to exceed $50,000.
In April, President Mary Sue Coleman announced she would step down when her contract expires in the summer of 2014. She will leave as the university's fourth longest-serving leader.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan Board of Regents will offer in-state tuition to immigrants who've been living in Michigan without legal permission. The university currently charges those students out-of-state tuition, which is much higher.
During their meeting Thursday in Ann Arbor, U-M regents also passed the proposal that allows members of the military to receive in-state tuition, regardless of where they live. The policy revisions go into effect in January.
The Art Fairs begin this week in Ann Arbor. Tonight, locals get a pat on the back for being good sports about hosting the large crowds the fairs bring to the downtown area. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, there will be plenty to do at tonight's kick-off to Art fairs week.
Downtown Ann Arbor, on Saturday, will be the site of a protest march and rally. The "March Against Monsanto" will begin at 1 pm on the University of Michigan central campus Diag, and proceed to Hanover Square Park for the rally. On "Morning Edition" today, WEMU's David Fair caught up with the woman who organized the protest, Kryssi Jones.