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For June 2007

June 25-26 — CVC's $50M gift makes news

The news that UMHS has received a $50 million gift for the Cardiovascular Center hit the headlines and airwaves across the state on Monday, and the coverage is continuing today. The gift, which was announced in an e-mail to UMHS faculty and staff on Sunday evening and a press release for the media on Monday morning, led to an article on the statewide Associated Press newswire that formed the basis for stories on many TV and radio stations. The gift was featured in a front-page story in the Ann Arbor News Monday afternoon, along with a sidebar listing other major gifts to U-M. The Detroit Free Press and Detroit News carried stories, as did Crain's Detroit Business and the Chronicle of Higher Education. UMHS and Cardiovascular center leaders gave several radio interviews, including Michigan Radio (91.7 FM Ann Arbor, also heard in Flint and Grand Rapids) and WDET-FM Detroit. More coverage is expected for this extraordinary gift - the second-largest in U-M history.

June 22 - U-M auditory implant makes the news

A U-M study on auditory nerve implants, a new approach that offers the deaf a wider range of sounds than today’s cochlear implants, has been making the news. U-M Kresge Hearing Research Institute scientist John Middlebrooks, Ph.D., published promising results from initial animal studies in the June issue of Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology.

If the idea pans out in further animal and human studies, profoundly and severely deaf people may be able to hear low frequency sounds, identify high and low voices, and appreciate music.

Media picking up the story include BBC NEWS online, New Scientist, and the Washington Post.

ScienCentral TV, a group funded by the National Science Foundation to promote TV science coverage, will film a segment about the implant in Middlebrooks’ lab this week (6/ 26). Middlebrooks also will be interviewed for the public radio program, Sound Medicine. Read the U-M press release about the study here.

Middlebrooks, a professor of otolaryngology and biomedical engineering. in the Medical School, conducted the study with Russell Snyder of the University of California, San Francisco.

June 13 - Study led by Dr. Choe of Pharmacy Services makes news

A study on pill-splitting, led by Hae Mi Choe, Pharm.D., Pharmacy Services/College of Pharmacy, is hitting the news today. The study, which looks at the safety, efficacy and cost aspects of splitting high-dose cholesterol-lowering pills to create two low-dose pills, was the impetus for the U-M employee and retiree pill-splitting program that has saved the university and individuals hundreds of thousands of dollars so far. Dr. Choe was featured on the Marketplace radio show this morning, which is heard on public radio stations nationwide, and she is quoted in a story in the Detroit Free Press - - read it here. She was also heard on Michigan Radio's three stations, including 91.7 FM Ann Arbor, and she will be featured next week in the Ann Arbor News. Read the UMHS press release about the study here and learn more about the U-M pill-splitting program here.

June 10-11 — Dr. Markel's op ed in Washington Post

In the lead op-ed in Sunday's Washington Post, Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., discusses the history of tuberculosis in the U.S., why TB is making a comeback in the U.S. and abroad, and the new drug resistant strains of TB. Citing the recent case of the American infected with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis who traveled between North America and Europe, Markel tells readers "If you are sick, stay home."Markel was online at the Washington Post Monday, June 11, to answer readers' questions about TB and its spread.

June 10 - Alexandra Stern in San Francisco Chronicle

The Insight section of yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle featured an opinion piece co-authored by Alexandra Stern, Ph.D., associate director of the Center for the History of Medicine. In it, she and Tony Platt of Cal State Sacramento discuss the dilemma that faces California: what to do about the legacies of California's honored public figures who promoted and justified racism in the name of "eugenics," and about the institutions that made them honorable.

June 6 - 10 — CVC Opening in the news

Many news outlets have covered the opening of the Cardiovascular Center building in recent days, including stories that highlighted the changes made to CVC opening festivities in light of the Survival Flight crash. On Tuesday June 5, the Ann Arbor News ran several photos and a large story with sidebars, on the front page of the features section -- see it here. The Ann Arbor News also ran a front-page story on Friday June 8 about the opening ceremony - read it here. The Detroit News had a photo essay and brief story about the building on June 7, which is available here, and a larger story on the ceremony on the 8th -- see that story here and a photo gallery with CVC photos here. Both Channel 7 and Channel 2 have posted their stories from Thursday's grand opening online - see them here and here. Other stories, including ones in the Ann Arbor Business Review, the Observer-Eccentric newspapers and Michigan Radio, have also appeared in recent days. Read the UMHS press release on the CVC here, and take a virtual tour of the building here. If you missed the June 7 grand opening event, watch it online here.

June 7 - U-M Football Team takes over four Ann Arbor radio stations

Through 7 p.m. today, the Wolverines are taking over Ann Arbor Radio’s four stations - Sports Talk 1050 WTKA (1050 AM), W4 Country (102.9 FM), 107one (107.1 FM), and WLBY Ann Arbor’s Progressive Talk Radio (1290 AM) - to benefit U-M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital.

In honor of our six colleagues and friends who lost their lives on Monday, the radio-a-thon is dedicated to them. The community also is being encouraged to call in today to one of Ann Arbor Radio's stations to share their thoughts and prayers.

Listen to a live stream of the radio-a-thon

June 4 - WAAM 1600-AM live at Mott Golf Classic

The "Lucy Ann Lance in the Morning" show will be live from 6 to 9 a.m. on Monday, June 4 at Barton Hills to promote the 2007 Mott Golf Classic. The show will air from 6 to 9 a.m. on TalkRadio 1600 WAAM, an Ann Arbor-based station. The show will feature interviews with 5W Mott nurse Barb Slattery, RN; Valerie Castle, M.D., Chief, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases; Pat Warner, Associate Hospital Director, Children's & Women's Services; Dan Fischer, Director, Child & Family Life; and representatives from Mott Golf Classic sponsors Cisco, Master Foods, and O&W, Inc.

Listeners also can tune in to the show online at

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