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October 18, 2018

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U-M researchers gain Knight Foundation grant to amplify Detroit voices

To help local leaders better craft programs and policies that respond to community needs, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation recently announced $761,000 in support to University of Michigan researchers to collect and report the opinions of Detroit residents on the city's most pressing and interesting policy issues. The information the university researchers are collecting will be used by city officials, nonprofits, business leaders and philanthropies to inform program development, guide investments in physical spaces and craft public policies that better reflect the interests of Detroit residents. The Detroit Metropolitan Area Communities Study is designed to be a tool for Metro Detroit decision-makers and will help university scholars in addressing a wide range of social challenges.

Marsh, Beatty to lead central faculty governance in 2018-19

Neil Marsh, professor of chemistry in LSA and of biological chemistry in the Medical School, will chair the University of Michigan's central faculty governance system for 2018-19. Joy Beatty, associate professor of management studies in the UM-Dearborn College of Business, will serve as vice chair. The Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs, central faculty governance's nine-member executive arm, approved both positions at its meeting last week. Both positions are for one-year terms that begin May 1. Marsh and Beatty will hold the same positions for the Senate Assembly and Faculty Senate. The Senate Assembly consists of 74 elected faculty members from the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. The Faculty Senate consists of all professorial faculty, librarians, full-time research faculty, executive officers and deans.

Nominations sought to recognize champions of disability issues

Nominations are being accepted for the 29th annual James T. Neubacher Award. The award is presented to a faculty or staff member, student, alumna or alumnus for significant achievements in promoting acceptance and awareness of people with disabilities, advocating for the civil rights of people with disabilities and removing barriers to full participation in programs and services for people with disabilities. The award includes a stipend provided by the Office of the President and is sponsored by the Office of Institutional Equity, University Human Resources, the U-M Council for Disability Concerns, U-M Health System and the Office of the President. The deadline for nomination submissions is June 15. For more information, visit or contact Anna Ercoli Schnitzer at 734-936-1402 or

Michigan Medicine honored for sustainability, environmental efforts

Michigan Medicine was recently honored with a 2018 Partner for Change award from Practice Greenhealth, an organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. This is the 15th consecutive year that Michigan Medicine has earned a national award for environmental awareness efforts. The Partner for Change Award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products sustainably and more. Winning facilities must demonstrate that they are recycling at least 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are on track to eliminate mercury and have developed successful sustainability programs in many areas.

— Compiled by Safiya Merchant, The University Record