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2021 ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards

Photos of the 2021 ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation award winners
The 2021 ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award recipients were honored April 5. Awardees received a $1,000 honorarium recognizing exceptional scholarly work and completion of their doctoral degrees in 2021. The annual competition is co-sponsored by ProQuest and Rackham Graduate School. The winners and their areas of study, clockwise from top left, are: Mikel Haggadone, immunology; Yinqiu He, statistics; Eshita Khera, chemical engineering; Cindy Lin Kaiying, information; Rebecca Marks, education and psychology; Michelle May-Curry, American culture; Zhijie Qu, astronomy; Akshitha Sriraman, computer science and engineering; Mei Ling Meilina Tsui, music composition; Erica Twardzik, movement science. (Photo compilation by Jameson Staneluis)

Hacks with Friends IT competition returns this June in two-day hybrid format

The 2022 Hacks with Friends will take place as a hybrid event June 2-3 at Arbor Lakes. Participants are welcomed to join either in person or virtually in a format that includes both Zoom and in-person sessions. The annual event is a spirited competition in which U-M IT professionals and advocates from across all campuses are encouraged to break out of their normal routine and have fun doing what they do best. Entrants are encouraged to participate on a team to build a project from beginning to end and show it off in a fun, friendly competition. Pitch proposals are due April 22 for ideas that address a problem at the department, unit or university level that could be solved through existing or new technology. More details can be found at Hacks with Friends is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer.

Applications sought for CEW+ Carol Hollenshead Inspire Award

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. Submissions are due May 16. The award, which honors former director Carol Hollenshead’s 20-year tenure at CEW+, provides $1,000 for individuals and $2,000 for groups. Eligible applicants include those faculty, staff, postdoctorate researchers, research fellows and students who will be enrolled or employed at any U-M campus during the 2022-23 academic year, and whose sustained efforts have resulted in greater equity in regard to gender, race, class, age, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation. More information and the application are online.

UMSI faculty lead project to decolonize U-M Philippine collections

The U-M Ann Arbor campus is 8,199 miles from Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Spread throughout multiple campus locations is one of the largest collections of historical artifacts outside of the archipelago nation. Ricky Punzalan, associate professor of information and a Filipino scholar, and Deirdre de la Cruz, associate professor of history and Asian languages and cultures, have teamed up for a new project titled “ReConnect/ReCollect: Reparative Connections to Philippine Collections at the University of Michigan.” It looks at the collections with fresh eyes to repair harmful historical descriptions and construct new models for how to best engage community members and scholars with the plethora of Filipino history stored at U-M. They also are partnering with U-M’s Bentley Historical Library, Special Collections Research Center, and the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology. U-M has awarded $500,000 toward the pilot program. Read more about the project.

WCEE Announces Scholars at Risk Fellowship for Ukrainian Scholars

The Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia has established a Scholars at Risk Fellowship for scholars at higher education institutions in Ukraine. The immediate goal of this fellowship is to offer lifesaving, emergency fellowships for research visits to the University of Michigan, where WCEE will match applicants with a faculty partner. The awards support one-year research visits to U-M’s Ann Arbor campus, and include round-trip airfare for the fellow and their dependents, visa support, health insurance and salary. WCEE will grant up to three awards, and is actively seeking support from donors and organizations to extend this opportunity to one or more additional fellows. Said Geneviève Zubrzycki, WCEE director and professor of sociology: “With this fellowship, we hope to offer several scholars a temporary intellectual home to carry on their research and build new professional connections.” Applications and information about other required materials can be found at Applications are due April 15.

Compiled by James Iseler, The University Record


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