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C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital ranks among best in nation

The C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital was again ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the state and country, according to the 2019-20 U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. Mott was the top-ranked children’s hospital in Michigan. It was the only hospital in the state ranked in all 10 pediatric specialty areas evaluated and also earned the highest rankings in each specialty among state peers. Ranked specialties include cardiology and heart surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, nephrology, orthopedics, gastroenterology and GI surgery, cancer, neonatology and pulmonology. U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families find the best medical care available for rare pediatric conditions. Rankings rely on clinical data and an annual survey of pediatric specialists.

Barlow selected as new Michigan men’s golf coach

Zach Barlow, assistant men’s golf coach at the University of Illinois, has been selected as the 10th men’s golf coach for the Wolverines, Warde Manual, Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics, announced earlier this month. Over the last five seasons, Barlow helped guide Illinois to five consecutive Big Ten titles, win three NCAA regional championships and advance to five consecutive NCAA finals. A finalist for the Jan Strickland Assistant Coach of the Year during the 2018-19 campaign, Barlow was part of 31 team titles during his tenure, including a school-record nine tournament wins during the 2014-15 season and again in 2015-16. Barlow was part of two Big Ten championship teams in 2009 and 2010 during his four-year collegiate career at Illinois (2007-10). He replaces Chris Whitten, who left to become executive director of the Golf Association of Michigan.

CEW+ seeks proposals for Carol Hollenshead Award

In honor of former director Carol Hollenshead’s 20-year tenure, CEW+ is seeking proposal submissions for the Carol Hollenshead Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change. The department is seeking proposal submissions for the $1,000 award by July 22 from faculty, staff and students whose sustained efforts have resulted in greater equity in regard to gender, race, class, age, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation at Michigan or beyond. For more information, visit

Precision Health announces analytics platform at symposium

With U-M Precision Health’s new Analytics Platform, researchers across campus now have access to genetic data, clinical data and tools previously available only to Michigan Medicine faculty and other level-two password holders. This platform, developed by Precision Health’s Data Analytics & IT workgroup, provides campuswide access to research tools such as DataDirect, and services such as consultation with scientific facilitators. Precision Health co-director Sachin Kheterpal unveiled the Analytics Platform in his opening remarks at the U-M Precision Health Symposium on May 29. A key component of the platform is DataDirect a user-friendly, self-serve software tool that enables researchers to access and explore clinical and genetic data from the Michigan Genomics Initiative cohort. For more information, visit To contact scientific research facilitators, email

Submissions sought for NCRC research programs

Michigan Medicine is now accepting submissions for research programs to take advantage of 75,000 square feet of newly-renovated space at the North Campus Research Complex. Final applications are due Sept. 9. Steven Kunkel, Medical School interim chief scientific officer and senior associate dean for research, recently announced a request for proposals for populating Buildings 20E and 25 at the North Campus Research Complex. Interested faculty are invited to join Kunkel for a Q&A session about the space and the RFP process at noon June 26 in Room 5000 at the Taubman Library. To RSVP for the session and find more information, visit

Precision Health selects recipients of 2019 Scholars Awards

Precision Health at U-M has selected nine recipients for its 2019 Scholars Awards. These grants of up to $80,000 each support the innovative projects of early-career researchers. For its second annual Scholars Awards competition, Precision Health recognizes the work of the following researchers: Lauren Beesley and Sarah Gagliano Taliun, postdoctoral research fellows in biostatistics, School of Public Health; Jessica Golbus, cardiovascular disease fellow in internal medicine and cardiology, Medical School; Alyse Krausz, graduate student research assistant in biomedical engineering; Shariq Mohammed, research fellow in computational medicine and bioinformatics, Medical School; Matthew Patrick, postdoctoral research fellow in dermatology, Medical School; Yujing Song, graduate student research assistant in mechanical engineering, College of Engineering; Jeffrey Tosoian, clinical lecturer and fellow in urologic oncology, Medical School; and Ziwen Zhu, graduate student in biomedical engineering. For more information, go to

— Compiled by Safiya Merchant, The University Record


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