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Registration open for 2019 Kids Kare at Home child care service

Registration for Kids Kare at Home, a sick-child and backup child care service for the University of Michigan community, is now open. This service is for those times when regular care is unavailable. For example, when a child needs to stay home due to illness, but the parent must be on campus or at work, a Kids Kare caregiver may be available to provide backup care in the home. To use the Kids Kare at Home program, faculty, staff and students must first register online. Parents are encouraged to register now to ensure access to the service beginning Jan. 1. Registration is free and there is no obligation to use the service. An hourly sliding-scale rate, based on total family income, will be determined upon registration. Parents who enrolled for the service in 2018 must re-register for 2019. For more information or to register, visit

IRWG announces expanded faculty seed grant programs

The Institute for Research on Women & Gender is expanding its traditional faculty seed grant program to include more opportunities to promote collaborative interdisciplinary research in key areas related to gender, sexuality and health. The new seed grants are being offered in partnership with the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research and the U-M Office of Research. IRWG will continue to offer its traditional Faculty Seed Grant, a long-running program established in 1996, free of any topic or disciplinary restrictions. Awards range from $500 to $10,000. Proposals are due Feb. 4, and can be submitted online through the institute’s application portal (available in January). The four seed grant programs include the IRWG Faculty Seed Grant and three dedicated to sexual harassment and gender violence, transgender health and empowerment, and social science, arts and humanities innovations for health. For more information, visit

U-M awarded grant to support women in STEM

The Clare Boothe Luce Program of the Henry Luce Foundation has awarded a $270,000 grant to U-M to support women Ph.D. students through the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering. The program aims to encourage women “to enter, study, graduate and teach” in science, and the funding will support women Ph.D. students who make use of computational science in their research. For details on applying, and fellowship requirements, see the fellowship page at The fellowships carry a $35,000 annual stipend and tuition. They will be awarded to students applying for Ph.D. programs in fall 2019 in the College of Engineering, or several programs in LSA (applied and interdisciplinary mathematics, applied physics, astronomy, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, mathematics, physics, and statistics).

U-M approves new graduate certificate in computational neuroscience

Approved this fall, a new Graduate Certificate in Computational Neuroscience will help bridge the gap between experimentally focused studies and quantitative modeling and analysis, giving graduate students a chance to broaden their skill sets in the diversifying field of brain science. To earn the certificate, students will be required to take core computational neuroscience courses and cross-disciplinary courses outside of their home departments, participate in a specialized interdisciplinary journal club, and complete a practicum. The certificate will be jointly administered by the Neuroscience Graduate Program and the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering. For more information, visit Enrollment is not yet open, but information sessions will be scheduled for early next year. To register for the program’s mailing list, visit

U-M Coulter program seeks proposals

The U-M Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program is seeking proposals for collaborative translational research projects between engineering and clinical faculty co-investigators. The deadline for proposal submissions is Feb. 4. The goal of the program is to accelerate development and commercialization of new medical devices, diagnostics, and other medical product concepts that address unmet clinical needs and lead to improvements in healthcare. Projects are actively supported and mentored by Coulter Program Management and a team of industry-experienced experts who proactively work to accelerate Coulter Program objectives. Coulter funding does not require a departmental funding match or cost-sharing of salaries. For more information, visit or download proposal instructions and applications forms at

— Compiled by Safiya Merchant, The University Record


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