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Center for Interprofessional Education releases year-three annual report

The 2017-18 annual report from the Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education is now available online at Hard copies are available by request to The report recaps recent collaborations by students and faculty at the 10 health science schools on U-M’s Ann Arbor, Flint, and Dearborn campuses. It introduces the 20 faculty members in the newest cohort of U-M Interprofessional Leadership Fellows and it details achievements and team projects by the first two cohorts. Information is updated for interprofessional courses, simulations, student groups and partnerships on campus and beyond. Also highlighted are the five teams of faculty awardees in the inaugural Interprofessional Exchange Research Stimulus, as well as the two teams awarded inaugural Community Engagement for Interprofessional Education grants, in conjunction with the Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning.

Nominations sought for Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award for staff

Nominations are now being accepted for the 10th annual Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award. The award recognizes staff members who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to fostering diversity in its broadest sense at U-M. As many as 10 awards for individuals and five awards for teams will be presented. Award recipients will receive written recognition and money to use for professional development activities or training. Individual recipients will receive $1,000. Teams will receive $2,500 to share. This award is made possible by the Office of the Provost and University Human Resources to celebrate progress toward creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. Nominations are due by Oct. 5. Award recipients will be announced in December 2018. For more information, visit

SMTD to offer non-credit group piano lessons for adult beginners

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance has announced a new program that will be the only one in the Ann Arbor community to provide group piano instruction for adult beginners. The program, which is open to adults in the university community as well as the general public, will offer weekly classes in the Earl V. Moore Building to those who have never taken piano lessons, or have taken lessons many years ago. It will be team-taught by Paola Savvidou, wellness initiative program manager and adjunct lecturer in SMTD, and SMTD graduate student instructors. Class tuition is $150 for 10 weekly 60-minute classes, which will be held between Sept. 20 and Nov. 29. The registration deadline is Sept. 15. To register, visit

School of Education offers online course in disciplinary literacy

Disciplinary literacy instruction — teaching students to become proficient thinkers, readers and writers in different academic disciplines — has been shown to support students’ literacy achievement and increase their access to deeper content knowledge. The School of Education is now debuting a course, developed in partnership with Teach Away, a provider of online professional development courses for teachers, to train educators in disciplinary literacy instructional practices. Leveraging the expertise of Dean Elizabeth Birr Moje and Darin Stockdill, instructional and program design coordinator, Center for Education Design, Evaluation and Research, teachers around the world will have access to the tools, knowledge and strategies needed to successfully develop students’ reading and writing capabilities in different disciplines. While the course is geared toward secondary school teachers, any educator will find value in the course’s methods for improving student learning. Course participants receive a professional certificate upon course completion, and may earn continuing education credits.

New food service provider starts at UM-Flint

A new food service operator has started at the UM-Flint. Picasso Restaurant Group will also be the campus’ caterer. Picasso will operate Café Blue in the Harding Mott University Center lobby and the Blue Bistro in the William S. White Building. These spots have been expanded and renovated from what was previously offered. Throughout the fall semester, there will be several changes to the third floor food services area in the University Center. The Riverfront Dining Room will be brought back into use, and the space will be open. Besides an updated grill, new furnishings selected by students will be added and there will be new flooring, lighting and other improvements.

— Compiled by Safiya Merchant, The University Record


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