Andrew Ryan Named UnitedHealthcare Endowed Professor at University of Michigan School of Public Health

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New endowed professorship to advance scholarship and research in the areas of health care management and health care leadership Ann Arbor, Mich. March 22, 2018 – Andrew Ryan has been named the first UnitedHealthcare Professor of Health Care Management at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. UnitedHealthcare established this $2.5 million endowed professorship to provide critical support to a selected tenured faculty member by funding both salary and a discretionary fund that allows for the pursuit of innovative health policy research. As associate professor of health management and policy, Ryan’s research focuses primarily on value-based payment models, or payment…

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Positive Business Conference – May 10 & 11, 2018

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Culture is a hot topic these days — and for good reason. Businesses with positive cultures enjoy larger profits, better performance, and happier employees. In addition, thriving employees are more committed and satisfied with their jobs. But how do you create this kind of culture? Develop a strategy for a sustainable positive culture at the Michigan Ross Positive Business Conference, May 10-11. This year’s theme, “Right from the start: building and sustaining a positive culture from startup to scale,” will provide valuable insights and research you can apply immediately whether you want to start your business off on the right…

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Cheryl Donohoe named Business & Foundation Engagement executive director, Business Engagement Center director

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1/29/2018 Donohoe plans to maximize the impact of the department, making connections and encouraging collaborations between the university and the foundation and business worlds. When Cheryl Donohoe started at UM-Dearborn in January, she inherited a mouthful of a title: executive director of Business and Foundation Engagement (B&FE) and director of the Business Engagement Center (BEC). Donohoe said she doesn’t mind if faculty and staff get tripped up on that one. (A few weeks in, she still does.) But one thing she wants there to be less confusion about is how the BEC can be a real difference maker for faculty, staff and…

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Amy Klinke approaches life from all angles

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Our staff at the BEC are rock stars. They inspire partnerships, facilitate connections, and serve as a key portal for 1200+ companies to engage at U-M. Amy Klinke, Director at the BEC, shares a little about what makes her tick, what her goals are, and when to say yes… Q: Before working at the BEC, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? A: Offshore salmon fishing in Kodiak Alaska Q: Tell us three things most people don’t know about you… I have run 7 marathons, including an Ironman and though I consider myself a recovering triathlete,…

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Peers Health and University of Michigan Announce New Research Partnership

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ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Peers Health is proud to sponsor a two-year research project with the University of Michigan that will apply advanced learning technologies to a proprietary global database of millions of de-identified disability and workers’ compensation cases. The goals of the project include developing a prescriptive modeling framework to facilitate development of optimal return-to-work plans for injured or ill patients. Public policy experts have begun to connect patients’ ability to perform their productive endeavors, such as their job, to their state of general health and well-being. The findings from this project, by helping define when someone objectively has…

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Finding access to scarce talent and new technology

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Hiring the best and brightest is an ongoing challenge for many companies. Employers are struggling to hire scarce talent skilled in artificial intelligence and other disruptive technologies. Consequently, companies are seeking ways to build relationships with faculty and students doing innovative work. TRI was the sponsor of this year’s Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Graduate Student Honors Competition in which Ph.D. students from each department are nominated by the department chair to compete against each other for the top award. The ‘best of the best’ present their research to faculty, students, and TRI, after which the faculty members and sponsor…

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U-M leadership in Michigan Corporate Relations Network yields statewide results

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Representatives from 15 public universities in Michigan gathered at Michigan State University for a bi-annual meeting to coordinate the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN). MCRN at the December planning meeting. MCRN, who’s $1.4 million grant through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) was just renewed, provides access to talent and research for companies in the state of Michigan through Michigan public universities. MCRN began from corporate relations programs started at the University of Michigan and the university continues to play a leadership role, serving as the principal grant administrators. In 2017 alone, U-M provided 24 internships at 22 companies, creating 13 permanent jobs after…

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Beginnings and Endings

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December 1, 2017 After 19 years in corporate relations at the University of Michigan, Susan Shields, Senior Director at the Business Engagement Center, is retiring in January. During her years at U-M, she has made a profound impact on her colleagues, both within the university and within the corporations she works with. Her efforts significantly contributed to the development of the Dow Sustainability Fellows program, and she has worked tirelessly with Ford Motor Company to grow and enhance partnerships and opportunities there, among other wonderful contributions to many partnerships across campus and the business community. She will be sorely missed!…

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MCRN’s Small Company Innovation Program Exceeds 100th client

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Small Companies are the backbone of the U.S. economy.  They provide one of the largest opportunities for growth and form critical supply chains to big industry.  Small companies that innovate remain globally competitive, continue to employ, and create a greater positive economic impact often creating more jobs by bringing more efficient products and services to market. Innovation often necessitates significant research and special resources, research and resources that are available at universities.  However, university resources are often unknown or unaffordable to small companies. The Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN), a program supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) in…

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