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July 29, 2007

A chilling story

in the Sunday New York Times, Cancer Patients, Lost in a Maze of Uneven Care - New York Times.

Even with good insurance and access to information, patients get inconsistent and ineffective treatment, sometimes with deadly results.

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How to Talk to Your Doctor (for Seniors and others)

26 Jul 2007

*New Topic added to NIHSeniorHealth: Talking with Your Doctor

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July 27, 2007

More details re: Conversation with a Provost:

Note: Since it is very difficult for me to abandon thinking about this terrific meeting from last week, I am taking the liberty of including the official meeting minutes in this blog:

Core Team Meeting
July 17, 2007
10th FL conference room, 9:00-10:45

Present: Michelle Barnes, Barbara Bassett, Claudette Brower, Pat Cooke, Altorian Derrick, Anita Greca, Linda Hart, Stephen Hipkiss, Pat Hodges, Greg Lambert, Doritta McDaniel, Denise Moore, Byron Myer, JoAnn Peraino, Marlene Pruitt, Kevin Reynard, Ann Ross, Anna Schnitzer, Katherine Roth Van Deventer, Laurita Thomas, Jarrod Van Kirk, Ramona Ward, Lynette Wright, Cathy Zawacki

Guest: Provost Terry Sullivan

Welcome & Introductions:
The meeting was opened with a welcome by Laurita Thomas and roundtable introductions by each member of the Core Team.

Conversations with Provost Sullivan
Provost Sullivan spoke about several objectives and goals she plans to work on over the next several months. Several items discussed were:
• Differences in culture between faculty and staff - the Provost plans to initiate a University-wide training program for department chairs on performance management, and generate discussion to raise awareness of faculty and staff cultural differences.
• Expand a program practiced in LSA and Engineering which is to promote younger faculty members to full professorship. The Provost would like to overcome the practice of newer faculty members often receiving only harsh criticism from seasoned faculty members. In order to retain young talented faculty members, it’s important to overturn such negative customs.
• Remove roadblocks – the academia is very decentralized which creates various barriers across units and between faculty and staff. There is a great deal of innovation and creativity that can be captured by eliminating unconstructive behavior, and encouraging excellence in service and performance.
• Improve space utilization – many work areas throughout the University are underutilized, and can be used for research and projects.

Debrief – various comments from the members:
• The group was thrilled to learn that one of the Provost’s objectives is to start a training program for department chairs. They hope both department chairs and department managers receive the same type of training.
• “It was insightful to hear and talk with the Provost. She was very approachable.”
• “The fact that she took the time to attend our Core Team meeting was very encouraging.”
• “She’s a living bridge between the academic side and the staff side.”
• The team felt hopeful after hearing there is a legitimate concern for bridging the gap between academia and staff.
• The group was pleased to hear about her dedication and passion for balancing work and home life.

Human Capital Report
Laurita encouraged the members to use the Human Capital Report as a resource for their teams’ projects and research, and for their own departments.

At the next Core Team meeting, members will be asked to give team reports.

Next meeting: TBD

Meeting adjourned

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July 25, 2007

Interesting Article in PLOS

PLoS Medicine - A Student-Led Campaign to Help Tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases

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July 18, 2007

Conversation with a Provost

Provost Terry Sullivan took an entire hour out of her busiest week of the year (she said that she was actually glad to get out of the Fleming Building for a while)--the week she presents the budget for next year to the Regents--to have a very meaningful conversation with the Core Team of VOICES of the Staff, yesterday. She talked about all kinds of objectives and ideas that she had for all sections of UM, she answered all our questions, she laughed and told a few humorous personal stories, and, in general, was a most delightful guest. I took notes, but the selections that remain most vivid in my memory are her focusing on nurturing new members of the UM community, her emphasis on department chairs needing to acquire both people and managerial skills, her highlighting excellence in service and performance, and her overall concern for and understanding of all levels of academe and how these elements can be improved. During the debriefing by Laurita Thomas, after the Provost's departure, one could really tell how enthusiastic and energized the Core Team members were--to a person!

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July 17, 2007

It's all about the penguins

For those of you tired of wondering "who moved my cheese?" there's a new management book by John Kotter, based on his classic Leading Change and featuring penguins. Our iceberg is melting should be a best seller, not that I'm biased in favor of penguins. :)

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July 14, 2007

Why we do what we do

This article on newyorktimes.com, has some interesting insights on the business of medicine. I was struck most not by the economics of the drug in question but by the description of a patient who insisted on getting treated with it, which may have saved or prolonged her life. Empowering people with health information and first-hand knowledge of their options can make a difference.

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July 12, 2007

Study finds shorter resident work week helps high risk patients

Kanaka D. Shetty, MD, MS, and Jayanta Bhattacharya, MD, PhD. Changes in Hospital Mortality Associated with Residency Work-Hour Regulations. Annals of Internal Medicine 17 July 2007 | Volume 147 Issue 2

There's a second, related article in the same issue, and a summary of this one in today's Chronicle Online


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July 10, 2007

Did everyone see

Anna quoted in the A2 News yesterday?

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July 07, 2007

A new look at librarians from the NYT

A GREAT article from the New York Times on Librarians,,,, great hope for the future!!!

July 8, 2007

A Hipper Crowd of Shushers



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July 06, 2007

The Death of a Virtual Campus (Chronicle 7/6/07)

The Death of a Virtual Campus Illustrates How Real-World Problems Can Disrupt Online Islands


Woodbury University has been obliterated. The real-world campus of 1,500 students still stands, in Burbank, Calif. But in the freewheeling virtual world Second Life, Woodbury has been deleted.

Linden Lab, the company that runs Second Life, simply blanked Woodbury out of existence sometime during the last week of June.

The company took the drastic step, officials said, after administrators for the university's area ignored warnings to stop avatars -- digital characters -- affiliated with its region from engaging in disruptive and hostile behavior.

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