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UM-Flint announces new programs for fall 2018

The University of Michigan-Flint is offering a new academic program and three new online degree programs beginning this fall. To pioneer new methods of sustainability in chemical processes throughout the marketplace and society, the UM-Flint chemistry and biochemistry department has developed a new Bachelor of Science degree in green chemistry beginning in fall 2018. This fall also brings two popular UM-Flint programs fully online: the Bachelor of Science in psychology and the Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting. Another UM-Flint online offering for the fall is the School of Nursing’s Master of Science nurse educator program, designed for nurses who either want to teach nursing in a higher education setting or provide additional skill development and training for health care professionals in hospitals and other health care-related organizations.

Three topic-specific support groups now available for faculty and staff

The Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office is offering three topic-specific support groups, beginning this fall. There is no charge to attend, and registration is required. The three groups are: a stress-management group for early career faculty, a support group for postdocs and a support group for new mothers returning to work. For more information, visit

U-M cancer researcher awarded $6.5M Outstanding Investigator Award

As researchers gain more understanding of how to target cancer treatment to specific genetic markers, identifying the best, most “actionable” markers is crucial. A new grant to Rogel Cancer Center member Arul Chinnaiyan will provide long-term support to increase understanding of these markers to leverage targeted treatments for cancer. Chinnaiyan, S.P. Hicks Endowed Professor of Pathology, professor of pathology and of urology, Medical School, has received an Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute, which provides $6.5 million in funding over seven years. The grant will fund research to create new bioinformatics resources and identify new cancer biomarkers to improve diagnosis and ultimately to develop new targeted therapies.

Faculty and staff invited to join Wolverine Express

U-M faculty and staff are invited to participate in the Wolverine Express program, an initiative of the Center for Educational Outreach that takes U-M faculty, staff, students and alumni across the state of Michigan to under-resourced high schools to inform students about potential higher education and career pathways. During Wolverine Express visits, students engage in interactive presentations and panel discussions by members of the university community. Visits generally require a half-day commitment. Those who are interested can complete a signup form at Questions can be forwarded to Sheri Samaha at or (734) 647-1402.

Global Islamic Studies Center launches at U-M

The International Institute has established a new center focused on the study of global Islamic culture and the study of Muslim societies worldwide. Named the Global Islamic Studies Center, the center has received funding from the Office of the Provost, the International Institute and LSA. The Global Islamic Studies Center carries on the work of the former Islamic Studies Program, and consists of several existing centers and initiatives: the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum, the student-led Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies Seminar, Islamic Peace Initiative and the new Michigan Islamic Studies Hub. Additional information can be found at

— Compiled by Safiya Merchant, The University Record


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