Nominations sought for faculty and staff research awards

The Office of the Vice President for Research is now accepting nominations from across the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses for its annual Research Faculty Awards and Research Staff Awards. Nominations for the Collegiate Research Professorship Award, Research Faculty Achievement Award, Research Faculty Recognition Award, Research Technical Staff Recognition Award, Research Administrator Recognition Award and UMOR Exceptional Service Award are due Feb. 15. More information about each award and nomination guidelines can be found online at research.umich.edu/office-research/recognition-awards.

Schlissel, SACUA speak out about violence at U.S. Capitol

President Mark Schlissel and the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs released statements in response to the Jan. 6 rioting at the U.S. Capitol. Schlissel condemned the attack and said it “represents an assault on our liberty and the fundamental values of American democracy. We condemn all those who participate in or instigate such an attack on our nation.” His full statement is online. SACUA, the executive arm of U-M’s central faculty governance system, said people must work together to promote non-violent public discourse that is based on demonstrable truth. “As faculty members, we are devoted to the search for truth, even when that truth is uncomfortable. … We are committed to ensuring the fact-based discourse upon which that democracy must rely continues to prevail.” The full SACUA statement is online.

Revised Institutional Conflicts of Interest in Research policy effective Feb. 1

The Institutional Conflict of Interest Committee has approved a revised version of the Office of the President’s Policy for Institutional Conflicts of Interest in Research that will take effect Feb. 1. The updated policy clarifies the criteria for the financial interest disclosure of and the management of conflicts of interest associated with:

  • Technology transfer licensing agreements where the university, as an institution, has a contractual right to acquire equity or receive certain fees from a third party under the terms of the agreement to license or option UM-developed intellectual property.
  • University investments through, or agreements on behalf of, Michigan Invests in New Technology Startups, Michigan Biomedical Venture Fund, Accelerate Blue and any similar university-controlled investment funds.

The full ICOI policy can be viewed online.

U-M security and fire safety report available

The current edition of the University of Michigan Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report is available to view online. Hard copy versions are available from the Division of Public Safety and Security upon request. The report includes campus safety information, such as emergency services, safety tips, university policies and state laws and additional support services. Additionally, it contains the Annual Fire Safety Report regarding fire safety and statistics for on-campus housing. The publication also includes three-year statistics of reported crime, including bias-motivated crimes, on the Ann Arbor campus, adjoining properties and remote locations under university control. Those with questions or who would like to request a copy of the report are asked to call 734-763-8391.

SACUA endorses One University campaign resolution

The Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs on Jan. 11 endorsed a resolution urging U-M to extend the Go Blue Guarantee tuition assistance program to the UM-Flint and UM-Dearborn campuses and increase funding for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives there. SACUA Chair Colleen Conway said the resolution will be presented to President Mark Schlissel. The vote came after members of the Senate Assembly Committee on Fairness, Equity and Inclusion presented the resolution to SACUA and asked for its support. The resolution says that CFEI “endorses the continued support of the goals of the One University campaign and the extension of funding beyond that already allocated. We specifically endorse the extension of the Go Blue Guarantee and increasing funding from the Ann Arbor campus to extend DEI initiatives on Flint and Dearborn campuses.”

Wall Street West Parking Structure opens after construction pause

The new Wall Street West Parking Structure opened Jan. 13 after a brief construction pause in the spring due to the pandemic. Built over a 130-space surface parking lot, the structure adds around 1,100 Blue spaces for U-M employees. The opening has also made way for an additional 40 patient parking spaces in the K2 lot adjacent to Brehm Tower. The seven-story structure on Wall Street and Maiden Lane is within walking distance of the main Medical Campus and served by several bus routes. It shares a covered bus stop with the Wall Street East Parking Structure and also offers motorcycle and moped parking. Vehicles can enter and exit at both Maiden Lane and Wall Street, and a new traffic signal at the intersection of Nielsen Court and Maiden Lane helps support the area’s recent developments. In addition, Logistics, Transportation & Parking will pilot new access-control equipment and gates at the structure.

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

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