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SACUA honors recently deceased member Sarah Lippert

The Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs has approved two resolutions honoring SACUA member Sarah Lippert, who died April 24 at the age of 43. Lippert, associate professor of art history in the UM-Flint College of Arts and Sciences, died after suffering a pulmonary embolism, according to an email to the UM-Flint community. Elected to SACUA in 2018, Lippert also chaired the Senate Assembly’s Tri Campus Committee, which evaluated issues related to the relationship among U-M’s three campuses and policies across the institution. In the resolutions, Lippert was described as a fine scholar of faculty governance and art history, and that she envisioned a university guided by principled interactions between university stakeholders. She was an engaged and fierce supporter of faculty rights, and she believed strongly in due process, according to one of the resolutions.

Michigan Medicine named among 100 great hospitals in America

Michigan Medicine was recently named among 100 great hospitals in the United States by Becker’s Hospital Review. The hospitals on the list were all recognized nationally for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes, and staff and physician satisfaction. They are considered industry leaders that have achieved advanced accreditation and certification in several specialties. The list also includes innovators that have sparked trends in health care technology, hospital management and patient satisfaction. To view the entire list, visit

IRWG announces 2019 Faculty Seed Grant Awards

The Institute for Research on Women and Gender recently announced 24 funded Seed Grants for faculty projects on women, gender, and sexuality. The grants support individual research activities, as well as collaborative projects, pilot studies, initial research efforts and creative endeavors. New this year were specific calls for research projects related to transgender health, humanities and health care innovations, sexual harassment and gender violence. The new seed grants were awarded in partnership with the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research and the U-M Office of Research. The 2019 faculty awards comprised four categories: Transgender Health and Empowerment; Social Science, Arts, and Humanities Innovations for Health; Sexual Harassment and Gender Violence; and Open Topic. To view a complete list of projects, visit

Nominations sought for Distinguished University Innovator Award

The U-M Office of Research is seeking nominations for the 2019 Distinguished University Innovator Award, the university’s highest honor for faculty who have shown leadership in bringing new ideas to the marketplace. Nominees can include a current faculty member of the tenured, tenure track or research faculty track, or a team of up to three such faculty members. Nominations are due June 11. The awardee will be honored at Celebrate Invention on Oct. 22 at the Michigan League Ballroom. For more information, visit

UM-Dearborn offering faculty, lecturer professional development grants

UM-Dearborn is accepting applications for faculty professional development and lecturer professional development grants. All proposals must be submitted via the university’s web-based application portal by 5 p.m. May 15. The professional development awards may provide up to $900 for activities that include, but are not limited to, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching courses, workshops, seminars and travel to professional conferences. For more information, visit

Population Dynamics and Health Program issues call for faculty grants

The Population Dynamics and Health Program, part of the Population Studies Center at the Institute for Social Research, is accepting applications for its Spring 2019 Faculty Small Grants Program. PDHP offers four types of small grants. Pilot project seed grants and methods development small grants will both range from $10,000 to $15,000, though amounts above this range will be considered. Mini seed grants for project development and mini grants for computing and secure data analysis will offer up to $3,000. The pilot project grants for research in population science aim to enhance the strength of subsequent proposals for full-scale population science research projects from the National Institutes of Health or other agencies. The methods development grants will support work that advances population science by developing, testing and implementing new methods. Deadlines for these grant applications will be 5 p.m. May 24. These grant applications will be considered on a rolling basis. For more information, visit

— Compiled by Safiya Merchant, The University Record


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