ANN ARBOR — Freshwater researchers from the Great Lakes region and around the world are gathering at Cobo Center this week for the 60th annual conference of the International Association for Great Lakes Research.
EAST LANSING — Researchers from Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University are conducting studies to determine the best ways to manage the type of point-of-use water filters being used by Flint residents.
The studies are supported by grants from the National Science Foundation.
ANN ARBOR — The Ann Arbor-based biopharmaceutical startup RetroSense Therapeutics LLC announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted U.S. patent Application No. 11,036,629, entitled “Method for Augmenting Vision in Persons Suffering from Photoreceptor Cell Degeneration.”
RetroSense is the exclusive licensee of this intellectual property for augmenting vision from photoreceptor cell degeneration through a license with Massachusetts General Hospital. This patent broadly covers methods for restoring or improving vision using optogenetic approaches. The allowed claims cover the use of a broad range of light-sensitive proteins called opsins and rhodopsins in vision restoration.
DETROIT — As part of its continuing wireless network expansion, 123.Net has added a new wireless Point-of-Presence (PoP) site atop the historic Maccabees Building at 5057 Woodward Ave. in Midtown Detroit. The building is currently owned and operated by Wayne State University.
This is 123.Net’s fifth PoP location in Detroit. The company said it can now provide connectivity at up to 2 gigabits per second to any location in the Downtown, Midtown and New Center areas.
WARREN — Macomb Community College’s Center for Advanced Automotive Technology will hold its 2016 conference, “The Road to Autonomous Vehicles,” on Friday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the John Lewis Student Community Center (K Building) on Macomb’s South Campus, 14500 E. 12 Mile Road in Warren.
The keynote speaker will be Jeff Klei, president, NAFTA region, for Continental AG’s automotive group. He will address the current state of the auto industry, including why connected and automated technology in vehicles is one of the most exciting areas of new technology. In addition to the keynote address, three Tech Talk sessions will discuss the challenges, infrastructure needs, and cybersecurity of automated and connected vehicles.
Other featured speakers include:
* Gary O’Brien, global director of advanced engineering and Delphi Electronics & Safety Division, who will discuss sensor fusion for automated and connected vehicles
* Steve Buckley, senior technical fellow for electrical and electronics at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, on the challenges of automated and connected vehicle technology
* Jim Sayer, director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and unofficial “mayor” of its Mcity testing center for autonomous and connected vehicles, who will address the infrastructure requirements of automated and connected vehicle technology
The conference is for automotive industry workforce development representatives, secondary and post-secondary automotive educators, counselors and school administrators, as well as representatives from government agencies and automotive professional associations, who may attend free of charge.
Online registration is available at http://autocaat.org/About_CAAT/CAAT_Conference/. For more information, visit autocaat.org or call (586) 445-7126.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, CAAT is a partnership between Macomb Community College and Wayne State University. Its mission is to provide a spectrum of technically focused educational resources and opportunities in vehicle electrification, materials lightweighting, and automated and connected vehicle technologies.
Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) serves nearly 48,000 students, ranking in the top 2 percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges. It is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.
DETROIT — A new medical study co-authored by DMC Heart Hospital vice president Cindy L. Grines, M.D., shows that treating cancer frequently triggers later heart disease.
Grines, who is also a professor at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, is using the study to help spearhead the development of a new DMC medical specialty, “cardioncology” – in which heart and cancer doctors combine their skills to protect long-term cancer survivors from the cardiac effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
DETROIT — The nationally renowned “Turner School of Construction Management” will debut in Detroit on March 31, 2016.
The school is a free, eight-week training program offered by Turner Construction Co. designed to enhance the technical and managerial skills of small, minority, women-owned, veteran-owned, or disadvantaged business enterprises. Individuals enrolled in the program gain insight and meaningful tools to help grow their construction business. More than 30,000 people have graduated from the program since its inception in 1969.
Classes will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday evenings at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in downtown Detroit and will be taught by Turner in partnership with Bedrock Real Estate Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Wayne State University.
Course topics include safety, estimating, bidding, procurement, accounting, insurance, field operations, human resources, and contract risk management. Parking will be validated.
Enrollment will be a competitive selection process limited to 30 applicants. Applicants must be employed within small, disadvantaged, minority-owned, woman-owned, or veteran-owned construction businesses in the Detroit area that have been in operation for at least one year and are certified or currently seeking certification. Please contact Dann McDonald at email@example.com for enrollment information. Interested parties must commit to attending the program in its entirety.
DEARBORN — The Ford Motor Co. fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Co., is awarding $250,000 in Ford College Community Challenge (Ford C3) grants for student-led projects.
The program is in its eighth year of supporting sustainable efforts to address urgent community needs focused on “Building Sustainable Communities.”
Ford C3 winners are required to present proposals for sustainable projects with significant student input, involvement and leadership. Water conservation, renewable energy, urban gardening, recycling and mobility are among the proposals submitted by these creative teams of students. Each of the winning projects will receive a $25,000 grant to support their project.
Among the winners were:
* Michigan State University: Rainwater Catchment for Primary School in Buyuni, Tanzania. In Tanzania, a rainwater water collection system is necessary to obtain precious water. This project focuses on capturing rainwater at a primary school in Buyuni, Tanzania, filtering the water, and then storing it for use by the wider community.
* Michigan Technological University: Plastic Recycling to 3D Printer Filament. The MTU team will work with the local community to incorporate a wider variety of plastics into recycled filament, and upgrade machinery to use this recycled product to produce the filament.
* University of Michigan: Fostering Environmental and Community Ownership in Vila Santa Marta, Brazil. The aim of the project is to counter the results of trash dumping in public places in Vila Santa Marta, Brazil by deterring dumping, increasing communication, building community pride and improving security.
* Wayne State University: Ford Warrior STEAM Saturday Challenge. Detroit K-12 students and their families will participate in the Warrior STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math – Challenge. Participants will use STEAM skills to solve community-based problems or create a finished product to better the community.
* Wayne State University: From Volunteering to Career Paths – Student Leadership in Community Food Systems. This project will engage students in hands‐on internships with community-based partners, to enhance skills and expand knowledge and thereby help further their careers in community food systems.
The other winners were from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass.; Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont.; the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.; Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga.; and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.
“Innovation and sustainability are two essential elements that will help strengthen communities and improve the quality of life for the people who call them home,” said Mike Schmidt, director of education and community development at the Ford Fund. “Education is how we open the door to a better world and inspire a new generation of engineers and entrepreneurs to lead us into a successful future.”
The Ford C3 grants are part of more than $1.7 million in new and ongoing global educational investments by Ford Fund, which contributes more than $8 million annually in scholarships, grants and other initiatives.
Ford Fund this year also worked with the American Indian College Fund to run a C3 program with Tribal Colleges and Universities in the U.S. for the first time, while also continuing the Ford Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Community Challenge. Ford C3 last year launched in Brazil and China, and expanded this year to include Ghana, Kenya, Morocco and South Africa.
Campus Compact, a national higher education association dedicated to campus-based civic engagement, again partnered with Ford Fund in the U.S. to inform some 600 schools about this year’s grant program.
To view this year’s winning U.S. projects and get more information, visit http://www.fordscholars.org/contests/ford-c3.
ANN ARBOR — The Ann Arbor healthcare research and consulting firm Altarum Institute aid last week it will lead the Michigan arm of a three-state quality improvement effort funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network is a three-state coalition led by Indiana University and made up of 32 health care partners, including four Regional Extension Centers, three State Departments of Health, five Health Information Exchanges, and eight universities. GLPTN has an overall goal of transforming the practices of 11,500 clinical providers across the Midwest, delivering improved care at a lower cost to more than 10 million Americans.
The efforts in Michigan will focus on providing high-value, clinically relevant, and cost-efficient assistance to 4,000 clinicians. Services delivered by Altarum quality improvement advisors will consist of practice coaching and quality improvement initiatives with techniques built on the principles of implementation science, lean process improvement, and population health management. The advisors will also help physicians navigate quality reporting requirements and participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System and other value-based payment initiatives.
“This award builds on our previous work accelerating electronic health record adoption through the Michigan Center for Effective IT Adoption and our work to promote clinical decision support use in Michigan physician offices,” said Dan Armijo, vice president of health innovation at Altarum. Practice-specific quality improvement priorities will be pursued to reduce unnecessary testing and avoidable hospitalizations and improve care for patients with high blood pressure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, depression, and diabetes.
GLPTN operations in Michigan will be led by Branis Pesich, director of Altarum’s Center for Appropriate Care. Working in close partnership with Altarum are the Michigan Center for Rural Health, McLaren Health Care, Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions, Wayne State University, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
More at http://www.altarum.org.
HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University ranks first among public universities in Michigan for the mid-career salaries earned by its graduates.
In Payscale.com’s latest College Salary Report, Michigan Tech also ranked 13th nationwide for mid-career salaries of graduates of public universities and 20th in the nation for mid-career engineering salaries.
The median mid-career salary reported for Michigan Tech was $99,900. The report also listed early-career salaries, defined as earnings by graduates who have been working five years or less in their fields. Michigan Tech graduates’ median early-career salary was $62,800, placing Tech seventh among public universities nationally.
Payscale.com defines mid-career as 10 years or more of work in a field. Median means that half of those surveyed earned more and half earned less.
Kettering University in Flint topped the Michigan list, with early career pay of $64,700 and mid-career pay of $102,000. The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor was third on the list, with figures of $58,000 and $96,000 respectively. Lawrence Technological University was fourth, with figures of $56,600 and $94,000, and the University of Michigan – Dearborn was fifth, at $50,100 and $89.400.
Rounding out the Michigan top 10 were MIchigan State University, Oakland University, Alma College, Calvin College, and Wayne State University.