Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies grant to fund student fieldwork

The Tinker Foundation has awarded a grant of $45,000 over three years to the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Michigan to fund master’s, doctoral and professional school students conducting preliminary or pre-dissertation fieldwork in Latin America. The U-M International Institute and the Rackham Graduate School have contributed matching funds for a total of $90,000 to be awarded to U-M graduate students. The deadline for applications is Feb. 15. For more information, visit myumi.ch/aZD7p.

Employee W-2 forms available this month

The 2018 Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement will be available this month by one of two delivery methods. An electronic version is now available online in Wolverine Access. Hardcopy W-2s are scheduled to be mailed in late January. The university will also provide Form 1095, which reports information about health care coverage, either electronically in Wolverine Access starting the week of Jan. 21 or by mail by Jan. 31. Employees should retain this tax form with other tax documents needed to file their federal taxes. More information is available at hr.umich.edu/form-1095. To ensure prompt delivery of tax forms by the U.S. Postal Service, employees’ current home address must be correct in university records. To update a current home address online, visit wolverineaccess.umich.edu. Under the Faculty & Staff tab, click on Employee Self-Service, go to the Campus Personal Information tile, and click on Addresses.

U-M releases annual salary report

Faculty salary increases at the U-M Ann Arbor campus for 2018-19 averaged 2.7 percent, according to figures for the university’s salary report, released Dec. 11. Salary increases for staff averaged 2.7 percent. Merit salary increases for executive officers averaged 3.0 percent. Merit increases for deans averaged 2.9 percent. The 2018-19 Faculty and Staff Salary Disclosure Report is available on the Human Resources website at myumi.ch/LrPw4.

Nominations sought for James S. Jackson Distinguished Career Award

The university is seeking nominations for the James S. Jackson Distinguished Career Award for Diversity Scholarship. The award recognizes the important scholarly contributions made by U-M faculty to understanding diversity and addressing disparities in contemporary society. A senior faculty member whose program of research and scholarship focuses on diversity — including teaching, mentoring and public engagement — will be selected to deliver a public lecture or performance, and receive an award/honorarium of $10,000. Faculty, staff and students should submit nominations by April 1. For more information, visit myumi.ch/6QmVE.

U-M to end agreement with Confucius Institute

The university has decided not to renew the agreement to host a Confucius Institute at U-M for a third term when the current partnership expires in 2019. The university has informed Hanban, the headquarters of Confucius Institute, of this decision. The Confucius Institute will continue to offer cultural programs and events through June 2019. James Holloway, vice provost for global engagement and interdisciplinary academic affairs, said, “This transition is driven by a desire to more broadly include the work of exploring and studying Chinese visual and performing arts within U-M’s regular academic and cultural units.” U-M is in communication with Hanban, exploring alternative ways to support the greater U-M community to continuously engage with Chinese artistic culture.

Coulter Program seeks 2019 proposals for medical innovations

The U-M Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program, which funds collaborative translational research projects between engineering and clinical faculty co-investigators, is announcing its 2019 call for proposals. The deadline to submit proposals 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 health care. The program funds five to seven projects per year for an average of more than $100,000 each. For more information, visit bme.umich.edu/research/coulter.

Applications sought for educational outreach funding

The U-M Center for Educational Outreach is now accepting applications for the Faculty Structured Outreach Support Fellowship Program. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide resources that support faculty-led outreach efforts with K-12 students or educators, work with the faculty to share their initiatives on campus, and inspire them and others to make educational outreach a core component of their role as U-M faculty. Fellows will receive up to $10,000 to support educational outreach efforts, any faculty member on the Ann Arbor campus is eligible to apply. Applications will be reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis until all grant money is given. For more information, contact Kim Lijana at klijana@umich.edu.

— Compiled by Safiya Merchant, The University Record

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