Stamps Gallery receives $80K Andy Warhol Foundation grant

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts recently announced it was giving the Stamps Gallery an $80,000 grant to support public exhibitions, public programs and publications dedicated to exploring inclusive, equitable futures through the lens of contemporary art practice. The Stamps Gallery, part of the University of Michigan’s Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, presents original exhibitions and public programs that focus largely on shining a spotlight on artists and designers who use creative work to catalyze social change. Spanning two years of programming, the grant will support six exhibitions and corresponding programs. It will also support the launch of the gallery’s publications program.

U-M competing against other universities in blood drive challenge

The University of Michigan is competing against three other universities – Michigan State, Notre Dame and Penn State – in the Winter University Challenge blood drive through Feb. 26. To make an appointment to donate, visit bloodbattle.org and click “Donate,” or visit the American Red Cross’s website, redcrossblood.org, and enter the sponsor code “goblue.” All presenting donors will receive a Winter University Challenge T-shirt and coupons for Bruegger’s Bagels and Washtenaw Dairy while supplies last. Donors will also be entered into a raffle for gift cards to local businesses and other prizes. The American Red Cross asks that donors use Rapid Pass to complete their donation more quickly by completing some steps before arriving at the blood drive. Visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass for more details. For a list of donation times, dates and sites, visit bloodbattle.org.

Professional development opportunities available to U-M employees

Faculty and staff from the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses as well as Michigan Medicine can participate in a variety of professional development opportunities, many available at no cost. Organizational Learning, U-M’s central department for professional, career and leadership development services, offers in-person and e-learning courses through LinkedIn Learning. Employees can search a wide catalog of resources online, including courses, books and articles.

IRWG-Mcubed Research Incentive Program grants announced

The Institute for Research on Women and Gender recently announced that, through the Mcubed Incentive Program, six faculty teams have been awarded more than $48,000 in additional funding and support to incorporate gender or feminist perspectives into their existing research projects. Beyond the financial awards, IRWG provides administrative support in the form of event-planning, access to faculty advisory panels and office space in Lane Hall. See a full list of winning faculty teams and project titles and descriptions.

Register for Hacks with Friends 2020

Registration is open for Hacks with Friends, a fun-filled event during which U-M IT and technology professionals can take a break from their normal routines and form teams, build a project (or “hack”) from scratch and show it off in a friendly competition. Hacks with Friends is open to all IT and technology professionals and advocates who work at any of the university’s campuses, including project managers, analysts, developers, UX designers, documentation specialists, designers, security specialists, trainers and desktop support specialists. It will run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. March 5 and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. March 6 at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Project pitches can be submitted between 8 a.m. Feb. 10 and noon Feb. 17. The event is sponsored by the U-M Office of the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. For more information, visit the Hacks with Friends webpage or email hackswithfriends@umich.edu.

Full influenza vaccination among children cuts hospitalization in half

Fully vaccinating children reduces the risk of hospitalization associated with influenza by 54 percent, according to a study by researchers at U-M, the Clalit Research Institute and Ben-Gurion University in Israel. The study, published in the December 2019 issue of the journal Clinical Infectious Disease, is one of the few studies worldwide that has tested the effectiveness of childhood vaccination against influenza and risk of hospitalization due to influenza complications. In Israel, as in the U.S., government guidelines recommend that children 8 or younger who have never been vaccinated, or who have only gotten one dose of flu vaccine previously, should receive two doses of vaccine. Children vaccinated according to government guidelines are much better protected from influenza than those who only receive one vaccine, said Hannah Segaloff, a research fellow at the School of Public Health and lead author of the study.

Compiled by Ann Zaniewski, The University Record

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