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Academic Innovation, Coursera seek proposals to support India learners

The Center for Academic Innovation is seeking proposals from U-M faculty members on the Ann Arbor campus to develop online learning experiences that advance learning and skill development in India and prepare millions for the future of work. Faculty are invited to submit proposals for massive open online courses or specializations covering any topic, but the center and its partner, Coursera, are particularly interested in proposals covering topics in the areas of business, technology, data science and health. Accepted proposals will receive production cost and marketing support from Coursera in the range of $10,000 to $30,000. Proposals are due by Jan. 8, 2021. Interested faculty may attend a webinar Dec. 2 from 9-10 a.m. Visit the Center for Academic Innovation website for more information.

Board of Regents to meet virtually Dec. 3

The Board of Regents will conduct its December meeting virtually on Dec. 3. The meeting currently is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Additional information will become available when the meeting agenda is posted to the board’s website at at noon Nov. 30. People who wish to offer public comments during the meeting can sign up at by 9 a.m. Dec. 2. They will receive instructions from the university on how to call in at the appropriate time to share their comments as part of the meeting. The public will be able to listen to the meeting by going to at the meeting’s scheduled time.

Nominations sought for president’s international education award

In celebration of International Education Week, the Office of the President is seeking nominations for the President’s Award for Distinguished Service in International Education, an award program recognizing the extraordinary efforts of faculty and staff who advance international education for U-M students. Nominees should demonstrate some or all of the following: sustained commitment and dedication to international education for U-M students, specific accomplishments in U-M international education, and leadership in the field of international education, either on campus or beyond. The nominating deadline is Feb. 5, 2021. Submit a nomination or get more information.

U-M Debate Team wins fall semester’s ‘national championship’

The University of Michigan Debate program last week won the 64th Annual Franklin R. Shirley Classic hosted by Wake Forest University. The four-day tournament, conducted virtually Nov. 13-16, featured more than 200 competitors from 50 institutions, such as Harvard University, Georgetown University, Columbia University and Michigan State University. In the tournament’s final round, LSA students Giorgio Rabbini and Rafael Pierry defeated Dartmouth College on a 4-1 decision. Their victory, which capped a 13-0 overall record, occurred a year after they placed second in the same tournament. In 2019-20, they ranked eighth among debate teams nationwide. The Shirley Classic is widely considered the national championship of the fall semester. U-M also won the tournament in 2015 and 1996. The U-M Debate Team began in 1903 and is one of the oldest debate programs in the United States.

Michigan Medicine adds visitor restrictions to minimize COVID-19 spread

Michigan Medicine added visitor restrictions at its hospitals and clinics Nov. 15 to continue to minimize COVID-19 spread and keep patients and staff safe. No visitors are allowed with adult emergency department patients, except when medically necessary. The number of visitors allowed at adult hospitals and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital has not changed: one visitor per day for every adult, two for pediatrics. But family and other visitors are required to wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose at all Michigan Medicine properties. Patients who can tolerate a mask must wear one when a health care worker is present in their room. In clinics, no visitors will be allowed for adult patients unless the patient has a cognitive or physical impairment that requires assistance. One primary caregiver is allowed to accompany each pediatric patient to an appointment, unless an additional aide or assistant is required. Exceptions are detailed on the Michigan Medicine website.

Parking, transportation service changes announced for holidays, beyond

In preparation for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday break and extended student break, Logistics, Parking & Transportation has announced modifications for parking and transportation services. Parking enforcement will be suspended Nov. 25-27 for permits and meter fees in all parking areas with some exceptions. Regular parking enforcement will resume at 6 a.m. Nov. 28. On Nov. 25, transit service will be reduced and will run only the Wall Street Express service. There will be no bus or shuttle service Nov. 26-27. Regular weekend transit service will resume Nov. 28. From Nov. 29 to Jan. 16, 2021, the schedules and frequencies will be adjusted for Bursley-Baits Loop, Campus Connector, Green Rd-NW5 Loop, Northwood Loop, Oxford-Markley Loop and Stadium-Diag Loop. Read more about parking and transportation adjustments.

— Compiled by James Iseler and Jeff Bleiler, The University Record


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