1. Wolverine Caucus: Type 2 Diabetes – A costly disease and a leading cause of death, New Pathways to Preventing and Managing Diabetes

    Mark Rivett posted July 31, 2019

    Tuesday, September 24, 2019

    Mackinac Room, 5th Floor, Anderson House Office Bldg.
    124 N. Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933
    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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    It is widely known that diabetes is among the leading causes of death In the United States. And the American Diabetes Association estimated the total costs of diagnosed diabetes have risen to $347 billion in 2017. The financial burden, health resources used and lost productivity associated with diabetes continues to increase.

    In this era of medical breakthroughs, new research suggests that those who have developed type 2 diabetes may actually be able to reverse the disease with weight loss, diet changes and exercise! Over the last 20 years, researchers have developed a more nuanced understanding of the role of dietary fats and carbohydrates in the development of diabetes. New lower cost technologies that provide users easy and accurate continuous glucose monitoring is dramatically changing the way type 2 diabetes is managed, and this bodes well for future prevention of this disease. Please join us for an enlightening discussion with Dr. Caroline Richardson as she provides us insightful research on the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes.

    Dr. Caroline R. Richardson

    Dr. Caroline R. Richardson; Associate Chair for Research Programs

    Dr. Caroline R. Richardson is professor and the Associate Chair of Research in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan. She is also a health services and implementation researcher with a focus on incorporating physical activity promotion into primary care clinical practice for individuals with chronic diseases including diabetes, coronary artery disease, COPD and back pain. Until May 2015, Dr. Richardson was director of the VA Diabetes Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (DM QUERI), a national center that coordinates implementation research related to diabetes care and diabetes prevention nationally at the VA. Dr. Richardson received her B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1986, and an M.D. from Harvard University in 1994. She was also a Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Clinical Scholar at the University of Michigan in 2001.


  2. Ross Open Road Program Pairs MBA Students With Visionary Entrepreneurs.

    Mark Rivett posted June 18, 2019
    Ross Open Road

    Michigan Ross believes in the power of bringing MBA skills to social entrepreneurs around the country.

    Learn more about the program

    Apply to the program

    Read about the 2019 tour

    Follow the program on social via #RossOpenRoad

    In May 2019, three Ross teams – Team LOVA, Team MPower, and Team RAIK – embarked on journeys across America to partner with social entrepreneurs.

    Within the Ross Open Road Program students initiate teams, plan journeys, and help social entrepreneurs implement impact at scale. Students have the opportunity to experience social entrepreneurship in practice while traveling to different communities across America. The program, in its fourth year, recently got support from the Ford Motor Company, and is co-sponsored by Business+Impact.

    The 2019 tour destinations included:


  3. Public Engagement & Impact Interview With 2019 Michigan Road Scholar David Gerdes

    Mark Rivett posted April 30, 2019

    Read full interview at U-M Public Engagement and Impact

    One of this year’s Road Scholars is David Gerdes, Arthur Thurnau Professor, professor of physics and astronomy, and chair of the physics department. He studies objects in the outer solar system such as the Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud. His research has also looked at the origins and evolution of the universe.

    David Gerdes

    Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Physics; Chair of Physics Department

    What interested you in the Road Scholar tour?

    I’ve lived in Michigan for more than 20 years and been to many parts of the state, including the U.P., but it’s usually been as a tourist. I know much less about the state as a place where people live, work, struggle with problems, and try to grow communities and businesses. So I really want to know about the forces that shape Michigan such as government, manufacturing, and people working to bring Detroit back. I am looking forward to going out and not talking for once and just listening and absorbing.
    – David Gerdes

    The Michigan Road Scholars Tour — an annual five-day traveling seminar that takes U-M faculty through the state — increases mutual knowledge and understanding between the university and the people and communities of Michigan.

    You can keep up with the happenings on the tour May 6–10 by following #MIRoadScholars on Twitter.

    Read full interview at U-M Public Engagement and Impact


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