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November 6, 2017

Campus briefs

Topic: Campus News

Bed replacement project underway at Michigan Medicine

Michigan Medicine is in the midst of a project to replace the majority of adult general care inpatient beds with Stryker S3 MedSurg beds. The project — which involves 635 beds total — is a coordinated effort on the part of Logistics and Support Services, the Office of Patient Experience, and faculty and staff on impacted units. The work began on Oct. 15 and will continue on weekends over a five-week period. Frank Krupansky, director of logistics and support services, said the new beds go lower to the floor, weigh less, are simpler to maintain and have a seat-drop feature so patients will not slide down the mattress when the head of the bed is raised. Substantial input from patients, families and staff was sought during the selection process. The current beds will be redistributed by Green River Medical Inc., and used by humanitarian organizations focused on providing aid in developing countries.

Nominations sought for Staff Recognition Award Program

The U-M Office of Research is now accepting nominations from across all three campuses for the annual Research Administrator Recognition Award and Research Technical Staff Recognition Award, which honors the service of staff members who participate in the research process. Details on eligibility, nomination guidelines and the selection process are available at Nominations are due Jan. 30, 2018 and the selection will be announced in April. For more information, contact Ann Leffler at

Blood Battle continues through November

The 36th annual Blood Battle, pitting U-M against The Ohio State University, runs until Nov. 22. The Blood Battle is an annual blood drive competition between the universities, and over the past 35 years, U-M has collected enough blood to potentially save more than 644,000 lives. To make an appointment and find blood drives, visit and enter in the sponsor code "goblue." Drives will take place all over campus, and residence hall drives are restricted to those who have MCard access during meal times. The American Red Cross has launched a new tool called RapidPass, which allows donors to complete their donations quicker by completing some steps before arriving at the blood drive. Visit for more information.

Applications sought for Michigan Road Scholar Tour

University of Michigan instructional, research and clinical track faculty are invited to apply for the 2018 Michigan Road Scholar Tour. The annual educational tour will expose participants to the state's economy, government and politics, culture, educational systems, health and social issues, history and geography. Designed to increase mutual knowledge and understanding between the university and the people and communities of the state, the five-day tour will introduce participants to the places the majority of our students call home, encourage university service to the public and suggest ways faculty can help address state and local issues. A faculty advisory committee will select 30 faculty members to participate in the tour scheduled for April 30 thru May 4, 2018. All meals, accommodations (private rooms for each participant), and transportation will be provided. Transportation will be via tour bus. To apply, visit Applications will be accepted until Nov. 28.

— Compiled by Safiya Merchant, The University Record