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U-M listed in top 25 of Times Higher Education world rankings

The University of Michigan is ranked No. 24 in the world, according to the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2022, down two spots from last year. The list, released Sept. 2, ranks more than 1,600 universities from 99 countries and regions. This year, U.S. institutions claimed the most-represented country overall with 183 institutions, and also the most represented in the top 200 (57 institutions). U-M is one of only three public institutions in the United States in the top 25. The others are University of California, Berkeley (8) and University of California, Los Angeles (20). The rankings are based on 13 performance indicators, which are separated into five categories: 30 percent teaching (the learning environment); 30 percent research (volume, income and reputation); 30 percent citations (research influence); 7.5 percent international outlook (staff, students and research); and 2.5 percent industry income (knowledge transfer). View the full list.

Michigan Medicine hosting month-long drive for food and other supplies

Michigan Medicine has launched a month-long effort to collect food and toiletries, and money to buy such supplies, for Food Gatherers. It’s the fourth in a series of drives begun in March 2020 that has already collected more than 242,000 meals’ worth of donations. The drive will be ongoing through Sept. 26 and is open to all U-M faculty, staff and students, and members of the community. Donors may give online via credit card, or get information about giving by mail or phone, at Supplies may be dropped off at Dock 90 of the North Campus Research Complex, 2800 Plymouth Road. Donations can be left between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekends. Volunteers from across Michigan Medicine will be available to help unload donations between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends. Learn more.

Federal funding supports expansion of Alzheimer’s, dementia research

Federal funding has been confirmed to expand a collaboration between the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University that aims to accelerate progress in Alzheimer’s disease research. The National Institutes of Health will award an estimated $15.3 million over the next five years to continue and expand research operations that enhance the understanding and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. These funds will be used to facilitate a wide range of studies — ranging from basic science to clinical trials to caregiver interventions — as well as to enhance public and professional education about the diseases. Learn more.

UM-Flint receives $1.2M grant to assist sexual assault survivors

Many communities across Michigan lack trained and qualified sexual assault nurse examiners who are equipped with the skills and competencies necessary to perform forensic exams, especially in rural areas. Thanks to a $1.2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, two UM-Flint nursing professors are looking to change that. The program by Carman Turkelson and Megan Keiser, associate professors of nursing, will give nurses who already have training the opportunity to practice their skills, as well as a full training option for nurses who have no prior experience. The goal is to recruit 25 nurses with no prior training and 10 nurses with prior training from Genesee, Alpena, Lapeer, Sanilac, Shiawassee and Tuscola counties. Learn more.

MIDAS partners with Detroit Police Athletic League to assess youth programs

The Michigan Institute for Data Science at U-M is working with the Detroit Police Athletic League to analyze survey data to assess the impact of PAL programs on participants and their families. More than 15,000 youth from over 90 cities in Michigan participate in PAL programs each year. More than 90 percent of the participants are African American or Latino, and more than 70 percent live in Detroit. TEAM UP, a recent collaboration between PAL and the Detroit Police Department, aims to improve the relationship between police officers, youth and the community through sports and officer-facilitated programs. The study gives Detroit PAL the expertise needed to assess and improve measurement tools and a research-based confirmation of a statistically significant result from their work. Learn more.

No-cost research computing allocations now available

Researchers on all university campuses can now sign up for the U-M Research Computing Package, a new package of no-cost supercomputing resources provided by Information and Technology Services. As of Sept. 1, university researchers have access to a base allocation for 80,000 CPU hours of high-performance computing and research storage services at no cost. This includes 10 terabytes of high-speed and 100 terabytes of archival storage. These base allocations will meet the needs of approximately 75 percent of current high-performance-computing users and 90 percent of current research storage users. Researchers must sign up on ITS’s Advanced Research Computing website to receive the allocation. Learn more at

Compiled by James Iseler, The University Record


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