Parking payroll deductions to be refunded
Parking permit payroll deductions for faculty and staff will be suspended for the months of April and May, Parking Customer Services announced. Employees do not need to return their parking permits. Departmental university contributions will also be suspended for the same period. For active faculty and staff pay-in-full parking permit holders, a two-month credit will be added to their accounts based on fiscal year 2020 monthly permit fees at the time of permit purchase for the 2021 fiscal year. Parking permits do not need to be returned. People who cannot participate in the credit can mail their permits for a refund via U.S. Certified Mail or FedEx with tracking to: Parking Customer Services, 523 S. Division St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Parking and transportation updates will be posted at ltp.umich.edu.
IRWG announces Faculty Seed Grant recipients
The University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender has awarded nine Seed Grants for faculty projects on women, gender and sexuality. The grants support individual research activities, as well as collaborative projects, pilot studies and initial research efforts, with over $60,000 in awarded funds. One seed grant that addresses transgender health research was awarded in partnership with the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research. See a full list of award-winners and details about their projects.
MIDAS offering special round of funding for COVID-19 research
To support U-M researchers leveraging data science and artificial intelligence in COVID-19 research, the Michigan Institute for Data Science is offering a special round of Propelling Original Data Science mini-grant funding for COVID-19 research projects. Proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. April 28. Up to 10 projects will be awarded for a period ending Dec. 31, based on a competitive process. Each project will receive up to $30,000 in funding. For more information, visit midas.umich.edu/pods-covid19/.
Application deadline extended for Carol Hollenshead Inspire Award
In honor of former director Carol Hollenshead’s 20-year tenure, the Center for the Education of Women+ is seeking proposal submissions for the Carol Hollenshead Inspire Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change. The deadline has been extended to May 15. The award amount is $1,000 for individuals and $2,000 for groups. Faculty, staff, post doctorates, research fellows 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 are welcome to submit proposals. Click here for more information.
Institute for Humanities names faculty, graduate student fellows
Eight U-M lecturers and tenure-track faculty members have received 2020 summer fellowships at the Institute for the Humanities. A cohort of eight U-M faculty members and eight graduate students will be fellows at the institute during the 2020-21 academic year. Each year the Institute for the Humanities provides fellowships for U-M faculty, graduate students and visiting scholars who work on scholarly and artistic projects. Both cohorts will take up residence at the institute during their respective fellowship periods, forming an intellectual community while pursuing original research and participating in regular, cross-disciplinary fellows’ seminars. For a complete list of fellows, read the full story.
CWPS announces six faculty grants for 2020-21
The Center for World Performance Studies has awarded six grants to U-M faculty conducting innovative performance studies research across the globe. Grant awards of $5,000 are available annually to individual faculty members to pursue research projects, both domestic and international, which employ performance studies research methods, including ethnography, performance as research, archival research, and performance analysis. CWPS’s aim is to advocate for performance as a mode of research and as a means of public engagement, centering on underrepresented, non-Western, and diasporic voices, bodies, and acts. For a full list of recipients and their projects, read the full story.
Michigan Union to remain closed until further notice
The Michigan Union closed April 10 and will remain closed until further notice, but critical units that are housed in the building will continue operating virtually. The offices of Counseling and Psychological Services, the Dean of Students, Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, Center for Campus Involvement, Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs and the Spectrum Center continue to function in a virtual environment. Services are available via phone, email and online to help people during this unusual time, said Susan Pile, senior director of University Unions and Auxiliary Services. See a list of how to contact those offices. The two other campus unions — the Michigan League and Pierpont Commons — have been closed since March 26.
— Compiled by Ann Zaniewski, The University Record