Drop off medications at safe disposal event

Members of the university community can drop off unused and expired medication from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 1 during the College of Pharmacy’s Safe Medication Disposal Event. The event will be held at two locations: on Central Campus at Ingalls Mall North (on Washington Street across from Rackham Auditorium) in Ann Arbor and at the Brighton Center for Specialty Care at 7500 Challis Road in Brighton. Both controlled and non-controlled substances will be accepted, as will sharps and sharps containers. People can drive up and drop off medications at both locations. Students have collected nearly two tons of medication through the event, keeping potentially harmful substances out of waterways, landfills and the wrong hands. For more information, visit pharmacy.umich.edu/events/safemed.

Staff nominees sought for Candace Johnson Award

The Candace J. Johnson Award for Staff Excellence is now accepting nominations for staff members whose commitment to excellence, teamwork and a supportive environment make the university a great place to work. When Johnson, a longtime staff member in the Office of the Provost, died in 2003, the Provost’s Office chose to honor her contributions to U-M by establishing an award in her memory. She was dedicated to U-M and the people who support its mission, and strove for excellence and inspired others to do the same. She recognized the gifts and talents of her office colleagues and was continually supportive of them. All regular staff members on the Ann Arbor campus are eligible and may be nominated by colleagues or supervisors or a combination of the two. Nominations are due by Oct. 31. Submit a nomination at myumi.ch/6kNbb.

Applications sought for new International Center grants

The International Center is accepting applications for a new biannual grant program that will help departments and student organizations recognize the diversity of the university’s international student population through creative events and programming. Departments can use the grants to fund a new or existing program or event that supports international students’ voices, interests and needs. The program must take place during the current academic year. Departments can receive the grant once per academic year. Award amounts will vary based on the submitted budget and the availability of funds, but requests should be for a minimum of $400. There are two grant cycles every year, with deadlines of Oct. 6 and Feb. 2. For more information, visit internationalcenter.umich.edu/resources/grant-fund or email icgrantfund@umich.edu.  

Associate professor awarded National Science Foundation grant

The National Science Foundation’s Convergence Accelerator has awarded Robert Hampshire, associate professor of public policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and associate research professor at the Michigan Institute for Data Science, a $948,182 grant to study how transportation innovations such as ride-sourcing and driverless vehicles can improve Americans’ quality of life and economic prosperity. Hampshire will lead a team of faculty, students and government, nonprofit and private sector partners on the research project. He and the team will collect publicly available data through an Open Knowledge Network and examine it through the perspectives of engineering, computer science, statistics, social and behavioral science, systems science and public policy. The project aims to give policymakers a data-driven resource to help them understand how to harness opportunities around the technologies and how society might be affected.

Church-South University intersection closed through Sept. 25

The intersection of South University Avenue and Church Street will be closed through Sept. 25 for an ongoing DTE utility project. Pedestrian traffic will be maintained through the intersection on alternating sides of South University, and vehicular traffic will be detoured along routes using South Forest Avenue, Hill Street, East University Avenue, Observatory Street, Washtenaw Avenue and Geddes Avenue.

— Compiled by James Iseler and Ann Zaniewski, University Record