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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

michigandaily.com

UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
Doctors,
staff inspire
design of
newhospital

Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje, Federal Highway Administration Michigan Division Administrator Russell Jorgenson, Michigan Department of Transportation
Director Kirk Steudle and U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) speak at the Ann Arbor Stadium Bridges groundbreaking ceremony yesterday.
C fede officials celebr
start of Stadium Bridges

C.S. Mott features
state-of-art
kitchen, expanded
conference rooms
By MICHELE NAROV
Daily StaffReporter
When administrators and
architects began planning
the new C.S. Mott Children's
Hospital and Von Voigtlander
Women's Hospital, they turned
to their staff to help make the
facility a place where they
couldn't wait to come to work
each day.
The $754 million, five-year
project is a product of the ideas
and needs of the hundreds of
faculty,staff,doctorsand nurses
who were consulted about the
new hospital, which is expected
to open Dec. 4.
In an interview last month,
the hospital's Executive Direc-
tor Pat Warner said hospital
officials asked staff members
to suggest any improvement
they could think of, regardless
of scale.

"When you brainstorm, you
want people to give you every
idea that pops into their head,"
Warner said. "Then you sort
through them andsee if it's fea-
sible from an operational design
standpoint."
CONSOLIDATING
DEPARTMENT SPACES
One staff member suggested
the regrouping of facilities. In
the past, many departments
were split into various wings
and floors. In the new children's
hospital, the departments are
grouped together in one.area
with the intention of improving
communication and streamlin-
ing processes.
Currently located on the
eighth floor of the inpatient
building in Mott, the Patient
and Family Center Care Pro-
gram is moving to the second
floor. Additionally, the offices of
the Patient and Family Center
Care staff, many of which are
currently across the street from
the hospital in the Medical Pro-
fessional Building, will be relo-
cated to an office in the family
See HOSPITAL, Page 3

Rep. John Dingell crack in the demolition of the
East Stadium Boulevard bridges
lauds new bridges, yesterday.
A ground-
construction to breaking cer- -r Atl9
emony marked ,0 10
begin Nov.28 the start of a con-
struction project
By ADAM RUBENFIRE that will rebuild
Daily StaffReporter the diminishing
bridges south
U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D- of Michigan Stadium. City and
Mich.), members of the Ann county officials also announced
Arbor City Council and several a $3 million grant from the U.S.
city employees made the first Department of Housing and

Urban Development to improve
transportation throughout
Washtenaw County.
Funding for the East Stadium
Bridges Improvement Project,
which will begin Nov. 28, will
come from the U.S. Department
of Transportation, Michigan
Department of Transportation
and the city of Ann Arbor's 2006
Street Reconstruction Millage.
Dingell told a crowd under the
bridge that obtaining funding for
the project was a collaborative
effort between city, state and

federal officials. '
"It wasn't one of us that did it,"
Dingell said. "We did it, all of us'
working together."
Dingell pointed out that the
deteriorating bridges posed a
serious public safety risk and
said he personally tries to avoid
traveling on the structure. He
added that it is important that
damaged bridges around the
country are fixed because they
facilitate regional commerce.
"We are allowing the whole of
See BRIDGES, Page 2

UNIVERSITY FACULTY
'U' looks to improve global
communication strategies

BEAT THE BUCKEYES

Lisa Rudgers
talks to Senate
Assembly about
new media
By MARY HANNAHAN
Daily StaffReporter
To keep up with ever-
increasing globalization, the

University is jumpstarting its
communications strategies for
international
outreach. NOTEBOOK
Lisa
Rudgers, vice president for
global communications and
strategic initiatives, spoke
yesterday before the Senate
Assembly about the changing
landscape of the University's
communications initiatives.
The assembly also discussed

resolutions to expand the vot-
ing system for the Faculty Sen-
ate and changing term limits for
some members.
Rudgers told the 74-person
faculty governing body that
the University needs more glo-
gal news content and multime-
dia, such as videos and strong
visuals, to go along with news
stories. To fulfill these needs,
the News Service hired a Man-
See GLOBAL, Page 3

UNIVERSITY RESEARCH
Chemistry prof. uses tears to
test glucose levels in diabetics

AUSTEN HUFFORD/Daily
Students attend a tailgate in front of the Michigan Union yesterday for Spirit Week leading up to the Ohio State game.
CITY COUNCIL
Proposed cuts to public art funding
discussed at Ann Arbor City Council

'U' center also
receives $6.2M
grant for Type II
diabetes research

culate glucose levels for dia-
betics.
Chemistry Prof. Mark Mey-
erhoff was among several Uni-
versity scientists working to
construct a sensor to measure
glucose levels in tears. The
device, which was tested on 12
rabbits, is a narrow capillary
tube of glass constructed to
collect tears "without perturb-
ing the eye itself," Meyerhoff
said. This is crucial because
irritating the eye would lead

to inaccurate glucose measure-
ments, he said.
Meyerhoff explained that
researchers have been experi-
menting with the use of tears
as a substitute for blood in dia-
betes testing since the 1950s,
but a grant from the EyeLab
Group, LLC made his team's
recent work possible.
In the study, researchers
found that the ratio between
tear and blood glucose levels
See DIABETES, Page 3

If passed, public art City Council meeting last night
clad in a multi-colored painted
funding would be two-piece suit
and tie with
reduced by half matching shoes. o
Tucker, who-
By ADAM RUBENFIRE runs the popu-
Daily StaffReporter lar Festifools 6
parade, made
Mark Tucker, a lecturer for a plea to City
the Lloyd Hall Scholars Pro- Council members for the city's
gram, attended the Ann Arbor continued funding of public

art in light of proposed amend-
ments that would decrease
funding for public art.
Tucker told council members
to envision him as "art itself,"
not a person who loves or makes
art. While shedding a colorful
bucket hat, his tie and eventu-
ally his suit jacket, Tucker urged
the council to continue to fund
public art with at least 1 percent
See PUBLIC ART, Page 3

By CHELSEA LANDRY
Daily StaffReporter
University researchers are
experimenting with using
tears, instead of blood, to cal-

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