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U-M opens second Clinical Simulation Center

U-M has officially opened a second Clinical Simulation Center location, more than doubling the number of physicians, nurses and students who will be able to practice their skills in a state-of-the-art learning environment. The new 7,500-square-foot space, located in Med Sci II, allows current and future health care professionals a chance to prepare for real-world scenarios and rehearse new medical procedures in a high-impact and low-risk clinical setting. The center is equipped with a host of hi-fidelity adult, child and obstetric manikins with lifelike capabilities. In addition to computer-based simulation modules that guide learners through practice exams, there are five inpatient rooms that replicate rooms in University Hospital, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital.

Nominations sought for Distinguished University Innovator Award

The U-M Office of Research is seeking nominations for the 2018 Distinguished University Innovator Award, the university’s highest honor for faculty who have shown leadership in bringing new ideas to the marketplace. Nominees can include current tenured, tenure track or research track faculty members, or a team of up to three such faculty members. Details on the award criteria, the nomination and selection processes, and previous winners can be found at Nominations are due March 28 and the selection will be announced in October at the annual Celebrate Invention event, sponsored by the U-M Office of Research. The award is supported by endowments from the U-M Office of Research and the Stephen and Rosamund Forrest Family Foundation.

FASAP is now Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office

Beginning this winter, the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program will be known as the Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office. The new name was chosen to better reflect the office’s core services, according to FSCCO Director Tom Waldecker. The office provides free-of-charge, confidential counseling and consultation services to support the emotional and mental well-being of U-M faculty and staff. In addition, the office provides educational support programs on topics such as parenting of teens, divorce and relationship break-ups, new moms, post docs and more. The office also works with units to offer grief education sessions and counseling during stressful situations.

Nominations sought for President’s Staff Innovation Award

Nominations for the President’s Staff Innovation Award are being accepted now through Feb. 28. The award recognizes individual staff members or teams whose big ideas and “outside The Cube” thinking help make the university a better, more inclusive community. Two prizes are available — honoring one individual staff member and one team. The chosen individual will receive a $2,000 award, while the team will share a $3,000 prize. Nominations should represent an improvement or increase in efficiency, productivity, cost savings, achievement of environmental or health and well-being goals and enhancement of the diverse culture and inclusive climate of the university. For more information or to submit nominations, visit

— Compiled by Safiya Merchant, The University Record


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