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Employees can get 2019 Form W-2s electronically or by mail

The 2019 Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement for University of Michigan employees will be available this month by one of two delivery methods. An electronic version became available Jan. 6 in Wolverine Access for those who have consented to receive it electronically. Go to > Faculty & Staff tab > Employee Self-Service > Payroll and Compensation tile > Pay. Alternatively, 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. 20 or by mail by Jan. 31. More information is available at To ensure prompt delivery of tax forms by the U.S. Postal Service, employees’ current home address must be correct in U-M’s records. Go to Wolverine Access > Faculty & Staff tab > Employee Self-Service > Campus Personal Information tile > Addresses to update it, or use the “Address/Personal Data Form” available on the Human Resources website at

Registration now open for 2020 Kids Kare at Home

Registration is now open for Kids Kare at Home, a sick-child and backup child care service for the U-M community. The 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 program, faculty, staff and students must register online at 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 2019 must re-register for 2020.

Applications sought for Interprofessional Leadership Fellows Cohort

The Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education is now accepting applications from individual faculty members and multidisciplinary teams for the fifth cohort of Interprofessional Leadership Fellows. The deadline to apply has been extended to Jan. 15. The program draws from all three U-M campuses and develops interprofessional skills and leadership capacity with an emphasis this year on experiential IPE. Fellows will learn from and work with academic and practice leaders across the university and community to create and enhance IPE in clinical and community settings. Teams that are struggling with an issue that a collaborative approach may be able to solve are highly encouraged to apply. Benefits include a three-day faculty development training program and access to up to $5,000 per team to support projects and scholarship. For more information, visit

UM-Dearborn faculty members win grant for power converter work

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded $650,000 in funding to UM-Dearborn faculty members Yi Lu Murphey, Wencong Su and Mengqi Wang for their project to build an artificial intelligence-based software that would design power converters. Power converters usually have to be designed from scratch to meet the demands of an individual application, a process that can be expensive. The team hopes its work leads to a system under which, in essence, a company would simply define the necessary parameters — such as desired power input and output, voltage and size of the power converter — and a machine would do the complicated engineering. Murphey, Su and Wang will spend the next two years developing an initial version of the software. The goal is to have a commercial product that could be widely distributed within a few years.

Proposals being accepted for Enriching Scholarship conference

The U-M Teaching and Technology Collaborative is accepting session proposals for its Enriching Scholarship conference. The conference, May 4-7, brings together U-M faculty, staff and students to share best practices and explore new opportunities that enhance teaching, learning and research. Sessions can range from a five- to 10-minute lightning talk presented alongside other similarly themed presentations to a one- or two-hour workshop. Proposals are due Jan. 31. To submit a proposal, use the session proposal form at

Parking citation rates to increase starting in February

New parking citation rates take effect Feb. 1. The goal is to improve access and convenience for permit holders who pay to park within the system and discourage those who do not have permits from using a space they are not credentialed to use. The rate increase will also assist parking enforcement in gaining voluntary compliance with parking rules and regulations. The new rate structure includes a discount for individuals who pay citation fees by the next business day. Go to for a list of the new rates.

Compiled by Ann Zaniewski, The University Record


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