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June 11, 2018

Campus briefs

Topic: Campus News

Bloom season underway at the Arb's historic peony garden

The Nichols Arboretum peony garden has started its annual transformation from green shoots to waves of white, pink and red as it bursts into nearly 10,000 blooms. A favorite nature hideaway for University of Michigan students, faculty and staff, as well as area residents, the arboretum is also home to the largest collection of heirloom herbaceous peonies in North America. Celebrating 96 years of perennial beauty, the peony garden offers a spring display from sunrise to sunset daily from approximately Memorial Day to mid-June at Nichols Arboretum.

Rackham announces 2018 Public Scholarship grant award winners

The Rackham Program in Public Scholarship, with support from the U-M Office of Research, has announced its 2018 Public Scholarship grant awards to graduate students. The grants, totaling more than $41,000, support research projects created in partnership between Rackham students and a broad spectrum of community partner organizations. Each of the six funded projects results in a public good — informed by their scholarship — which helps to address complex and wide-ranging social and cultural issues locally and abroad, from Thai migration to Israel to neighborhood-based economic opportunities for Latino/a communities in Detroit. The Rackham Program in Public has been supporting public scholarship on campus since 1998. Its mission is to support collaborative scholarly and creative endeavors that engage communities and co-create public goods while enhancing students' professional development around public engagement and community-based learning. For more information on the recipients, visit

Medical School launches reaccreditation self-study

For the next 18 months, the Medical School educational community will participate in an institutional self-study as part of the Liasion Committee on Medical Education reaccreditation process. U-M is seeking an eight-year reaccreditation from LCME, which evaluates medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in the United States and Canada. Accreditation is a voluntary, peer-reviewed process of quality assurance that determines whether an institution's program meets established standards. The school completed a similar self-study in 2012, earning accreditation for the maximum term through 2020. A self-study task force and seven committees are forming now and soon will begin reviewing the school's medical education program. For more information, visit or email

Law School, Mcity announce journal

The Law School and Mcity have announced the launch of the Michigan Journal of Law and Mobility, dedicated to the complex legal issues at the intersection of mobility transformation and law. The announcement was made June 6 at the Intelligent Transportation Society's annual meeting in Detroit. The digital, first-of-its-kind journal will draw on the expertise of faculty and researchers across the U-M community. "We look forward to collaborating with Mcity and scholars throughout the university and beyond to build the go-to public resource addressing the complex web of legal issues relating to connected and automated vehicles and new mobility concepts," said Law School Dean Mark West, the Nippon Professor of Law. The Michigan Journal of Law and Mobility is accessible at or @FuturistLaw on Twitter.

Non-union staff election for police oversight committee through June 22

The election for the non-union staff representative for the U-M Police Department Oversight Committee is now underway through June 22. The candidates are: Rolfe Carlson, proposals and contracts supervisor, Institute of Social Research; Jeffrey Stout, simulation engineer, Michigan Medicine; Sierra Bulson, research analyst, Office of Development; Andrea Poli, breaker space technician, College of Engineering; and Ann Vollano, assistant athletic director for compliance, Athletics. Staff members in Ann Arbor who are not represented by a union are eligible to vote for one representative to the committee. Online voting is available through 5 p.m. on June 22. The committee receives and makes recommendations regarding grievances against the U-M Police Department or any police officer deputized by the university. To review the statements of the candidates and vote, visit Voting more than once or for more than one candidate will result in disqualification.

— Compiled by Safiya Merchant, The University Record