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Work-Life Connecting the Dots conference registration is now open

Registration is now open for the U-M Work-Life Resource Center’s annual conference Connecting the Dots. This year the event offers a series of six free virtual presentations with useful tips and strategies for responding to challenging times. This is the 16th annual Work-Life Connecting the Dots Conference. It is available to all members of the faculty and staff at no charge via Zoom webinars. The conference is Oct. 13, 14 and 15, with two 75-minute Zoom presentations each day. Start times are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. For details on each of the presentations and to register.

Nominations sought for Sarah Goddard Power and Rhetaugh Dumas awards

The Academic Women’s Caucus is accepting nominations from the university community for the 2021 Sarah Goddard Power and Rhetaugh G. Dumas Progress in Diversifying awards. Nominations for both awards are due Oct. 15. The Sarah Goddard Power Award recognizes those who have made significant achievements in contributing to the betterment of current challenges faced by women in one of the following areas: distinguished leadership, scholarship, or other activities related to their professional lives. Eligible candidates include U-M faculty including instructors, lecturers, primary researchers, librarians, curators, and senior administrative staff. Learn more or submit a nomination at The Rhetaugh G. Dumas Progress in Diversifying Award recognizes a U-M academic unit’s progress in establishing and maintaining a concurrent ethnic or racial and gender diversity at the full professor and associate professor ranks, both tenured and non-tenured, and concurrent ethnic or racial and gender diversifying in junior ranks. Learn more or submit a nomination at

On the Agenda: Global climate change and U-M’s path forward

In a post to his On the Agenda website, President Mark Schlissel outlines U-M’s approach toward climate change in the context of last month’s release of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report detailing how precarious the situation is for humanity as it grapples with the climate crisis. Schlissel wrote that U-M is endeavoring to be at the forefront of a broader effort to limit climate change’s severity, while advancing innovative multidisciplinary solutions on campus, in the community and across the planet. He outlines what is at stake, the university’s comprehensive approach and ways the campus community can get involved in working to solve the problem. Read the full post.

Faculty member releases never-before-seen photos of 9/11

In a pre-social media era, people watched apocalyptic scenes unfold on TV screens or in newspapers as two hijacked airliners crashed into the north and south towers of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. A new photographic documentary released last week by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and U-M associate professor David Turnley offers new close-up encounters of the moments before both towers fell, and the immediate aftermath. Turnley is an associate professor of art and design, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, and in the Residential College, LSA. For the past 40 years, he has covered most of the world’s major events, uprisings and wars. On 9/11, Turnley rushed to the site just two blocks away from his home, where he photographed the collapse of both towers before heading into the rubble with the first firefighters and police officers who responded to the scene. Turnley also is posting a six-day series on Instagram.

Donia Human Rights Center establishes new undergraduate fellows program

The Donia Human Rights Center has established the Donia Human Rights Fellows Program, recognizing U-M undergraduates majoring in international studies through the Program in International and Comparative Studies who have demonstrated their interest in and commitment to the study and practice of human rights during their time at U-M. The program is open to juniors and seniors majoring in international studies who have enrolled in the International Security, Norms and Cooperation sub-plan with the first group of eligible students in the Class of 2022. Students seeking candidacy as a Donia Human Rights Fellow must register by Oct. 15. Students may register in their junior or senior year. Details regarding the program are available at

Speaker series to explore issues regarding causes and consequences of poverty

Real World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions is an eight-week fall speaker series hosted by Poverty Solutions at U-M, a universitywide presidential initiative that aims to find new ways to prevent and alleviate poverty through action-based research, in partnership with various university departments.  The first conversation in the series is with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti from 12:30-1:15 p.m. Sept. 17.  Most of the talks will run from noon to 1 p.m. Fridays. Speakers are national and global experts drawn from university, business and community contexts who explore interdisciplinary real-world poverty solutions from a wide variety of perspectives. The virtual talks are free and open to the public, and will be livestreamed on YouTube with the opportunity for Q&A. For a full schedule of speakers, visit

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


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