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November 23, 2017

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September 11, 2017

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Topic: Campus News

Schlissel, Philbert issue message regarding plan to end DACA

President Mark Schlissel and Provost Martin Philbert have emailed students regarding the university's reaction to the Trump administration's plan to end the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals — or DACA — program. "We are aggressively working alongside hundreds of universities, colleges and other organizations to pursue federal legislation that would provide a solution that allows the program to continue," the message states. "Our priority at U-M is ensuring that all of our students and scholars will be able to pursue their ambitions and the opportunities they have earned by being members of our academic community." Read the entire message: myumi.ch/aV1YR.

Application open for CHRT Policy Fellowship

U-M researchers can now apply for the 2018 Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation Policy Fellowship at the university. The fellowship joins selected health services researchers and state policymakers over four months to learn about policy-making, health services research and the intersection between the two from health care experts and each other. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Oct. 16. To apply or find more information, go to chrt.org/fellowship or email Molly Welch Marahar at mowelch@med.umich.edu.

U-M ranked No. 21 in world ranking

U-M maintained its spot as the world's 21st top institution, according to Times Higher Education. The annual list ranks the top 400 universities worldwide and is based on 13 performance indicators separated into five categories: teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook. The London-based higher education magazine worked with Thomson Reuters to produce "World University Rankings 2017-2018." The ranking is one of two released annually by Times Higher Education. Earlier this year, U-M was ranked 15th in the organization's annual Reputation Rankings, which are based on results from an invitation-only survey of scholars from around the world. To view the entire ranking list, go to myumi.ch/L3bjB.

Poverty Solutions to offer second round of grant funding

Poverty Solutions has announced its second round of grant funding to support action-based research focused on preventing and alleviating poverty in Michigan. Requests for proposals are available to either teams of community-academic partners or faculty. Up to $220,000 is available through awards of up to $30,000 each. The deadline to apply is Nov. 13. Successful action-based research projects will cut across disciplines, have the potential for innovative approaches in the field, and hold promise for advancing solutions to poverty challenges in Michigan. For the Detroit Urban Research Center and Poverty Solutions RFP, $120,000 is available (up to four awards of up to $30,000 each), projects are to be completed during the 2018 calendar year and must equitably involve community and academic partners in all aspects of the research process. For the Faculty Project Development RFP, up to five awards of up to $20,000 each will be offered for self-contained research projects or as seed funding that may be leveraged to pursue larger external awards. Projects are to be completed during the 2018 calendar year. For more information, visit myumi.ch/JmNek.

College of Pharmacy launches new Sabbatical Connections Program

In support of the College of Pharmacy's goal to create a diverse workforce in pharmacy and pharmaceutical research, the college has created the Sabbatical Connections Program. This program offers a sabbatical appointment to faculty to support their research, while fostering a reciprocal relationship with faculty and departments at minority serving institutions. Associate or full professors are invited to apply to the program, which will provide financial support for a stipend and expenses such as travel, housing and research supplies. The goal of this program is to establish long-term professional relationships between members of the College of Pharmacy and minority-serving institutions. Sabbatical awardees and pharmacy faculty will work towards developing long-term scholarly relationships, while also fostering interest in our graduate and professional programs among students from the awardee's home institution. Applications are to be submitted at myumi.ch/Lqvoy and the deadline for receipt of all materials is Sept. 30. For additional information, contact Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Regina McClinton at reginamc@umich.edu.

CECS offers new interdisciplinary data science graduate program

Want to effectively use untapped data that is all around us — from traffic streaming data to social media data — to discover a desired solution? A new UM-Dearborn graduate program is going to teach students to do just that. The 30-credit-hour Master of Science in Data Science degree teaches students how to locate relevant data, clean it, manage it, analyze it, interpret it and use insights drawn from it. Housed in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and starting this fall, this interdisciplinary program will educate students on how to manage large-scale, complex data, formulate and design data analytic solutions and communicate the implications to stakeholders.

— Compiled by Safiya Merchant and Jill A. Greenberg, The University Record
and Kim Broekhuizen, Public Affairs