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Tim Taylor named new UM-Dearborn registrar

Tim Taylor began his new role as the University of Michigan-Dearborn registrar this month. He previously worked in the registrar’s offices of Concordia University and U-M’s Ann Arbor campus. As registrar, Taylor will oversee a diverse office that manages several tasks, including record keeping, enforcement of academic policy and getting students enrolled and registered for classes. He said he’s particularly interested in figuring out creative ways in which the registrar’s office can leverage its expertise to assist the university’s push to boost graduation and retention rates.

UMS to offer grants for integrating performances with courses

The University Musical Society invites U-M faculty of all disciplines and ranks to propose courses that feature UMS’ 2018-19 performances in their instructional design for a new Course Development Grant program. The program supports UMS’ goal of more broadly integrating the arts and arts-based learning strategies across the university curriculum. Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, UMS will fund five to eight courses per semester. Grant recipients will receive $1,000 in salary supplement, $500 in course development funds, curricular support from UMS Education and Community Engagement staff, as well as special consideration for interactions with UMS visiting and teaching artists. The deadline to submit a proposal is April 6. Go to to apply.

Regents meeting set for March 29

The Board of Regents will have its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Anderson Room of the Michigan Union. To offer public comment at the meeting, sign up in advance at Public comments on agenda items will be taken prior to their consideration. Comments on non-agenda items will follow the regular business agenda. People with disabilities who need assistance should contact the Office of the Vice President and Secretary of the University in advance at 734-763-5553. For more about regents meetings, go to

College of Pharmacy to host safe medication disposal event

The College of Pharmacy’s biannual Safe Medical Disposal Event, during which unused and expired medications are collected for environmentally safe disposal, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 3. Collection sites will be set up on Central Campus across from Ingalls Mall on North University Avenue, as well as at Michigan Medicine at the Triangle Connector Link, Towsley Center and Michigan Medicine Hospital. For more information, visit

UnitedHealthcare establishes endowed professorship at SPH

The U-M School of Public Health announced that Andrew Ryan has been named the first UnitedHealthcare Professor of Health Care Management. UnitedHealthcare established this $2.5 million endowed professorship to support a selected tenured faculty member by funding both salary and a discretionary fund that enables the school to pursue innovative health policy research. As associate professor of health management and policy, Ryan’s research focuses primarily on value-based payment models, or payment structures that motivate health care providers to provide high-quality, affordable care to their patients. His work in part aims to better understand these programs’ effectiveness and whether there are specific aspects that are responsible for their successes and failures.

— Compiled by Safiya Merchant, The University Record


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