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August 14, 2017

Campus briefs

Topic: Campus News

Campuswide New Faculty Orientation planned for Aug. 30

A campuswide New Faculty Orientation designed to introduce all new faculty to the University of Michigan will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 30 in the Michigan League. The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching will conduct the event. The program will include remarks by President Mark Schlissel and Interim Provost Paul Courant, information about support for faculty research and teaching, and interactive sessions in which faculty can share experiences and strategize about good teaching. The event will include an information fair, with representatives from key university offices providing materials and answering questions about life at U-M. For more information, contact Hitomi Katsumi at or 734-647-4765. To view the orientation agenda and register online, visit

UM-Dearborn seeks public comment in advance of accreditation visit

University of Michigan-Dearborn seeks public comment about the university in preparation for its continued accreditation visit from the Higher Learning Commission. Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. An individual with a specific dispute or grievance with UM-Dearborn should request the separate Policy on Complaints from the Commission office. The HLC cannot settle disputes between institutions and individuals, whether faculty, students or others. Complaints will not be considered as comments. All comments must be received by Sept. 8. To submit comments online, visit Comments also can be mailed to the following address: Third-Party Comment on University of Michigan-Dearborn, The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle St. Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411.

Proposals sought for Michigan IT Symposium

The Michigan IT Symposium Committee is accepting proposals for conference sessions to be held at the 2017 symposium. Staff and faculty are encouraged to submit proposals in the form of posters or interactive presentations that focus on how IT work at Michigan is transforming with the proliferation of cloud technologies and services. The Michigan IT Symposium is an annual event sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. The U-M community is invited to an opening reception and poster session from 3:30–5:30 p.m. Nov. 20. The 2017 symposium will run all day Nov. 21. Both events will be held at the Michigan League. To submit proposals, simply fill out a brief application by Aug. 18 at For questions or assistance, contact

IRWG awards grants for research on women and global health

The University of Michigan's Institute for Research on Women and Gender has awarded four Sisters Fund for Global Health grants to support faculty research projects. In total, IRWG awarded $19,600 in funding. Established in 2006, the Sisters Fund seeks to enhance activist scholarship or other creative activities that benefit local and global communities experiencing gender-based health disparities. For detailed information about the 2017 recipients and their projects, visit

Center for International Reproductive Health Training receives award

The University of Gondar has presented the Center for International Reproductive Health Training with the "Best Partner of the Year" award. UoG, one of the oldest medical schools in Ethiopia, is one of CIRHT's ten partner institutions in Ethiopia, working together to expand pre-service training in family planning, contraception and comprehensive abortion care for medical students and midwives. As partners since 2014, they have developed an expanded curriculum, increased faculty training and upgraded teaching capacity, including a renovated family planning and reproductive health clinic and a state-of-the-art simulation lab. Faculty and residents from the medical, midwifery and public health schools are also engaging in a number of local research projects with support and training from CIRHT.

U-M invests $600K in advanced transportation tech

Seven technologies demonstrating high potential to help solve transportation issues are receiving a total of $600,000 in funding from U-M's Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization's Statewide Innovation Hub program to continue advancement into the commercial market. Five technologies will receive a $100,000 grant while two will receive $50,000 with the opportunity to unlock the remaining $50,000, after certain milestones are reached throughout the year. For more information about the technologies, visit

— Compiled by Safiya Merchant, The University Record