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Campuswide New Faculty Orientation set for Aug. 24

A campuswide New Faculty Orientation, designed to introduce all new faculty to U-M, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 24 on the second floor of the Michigan League. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, the orientation is designed to help new faculty members prepare for their first year at the university. The program will include welcoming remarks by President Mary Sue Coleman and Vice President for Research Rebecca Cunningham. It also will include a CRLT Players performance and interactive sessions in which faculty can share experiences and strategize about good teaching. Provost Laurie McCauley will speak at a luncheon, which will be followed by an Information Fair with representatives from key university offices. Register and view a full agenda at Email questions to [email protected].

Nominations sought for disability advocates and accessibility leaders

Nominations are due Aug. 15 for the 33rd annual James T. Neubacher Award, which is presented to a U-M faculty or staff member, student, or alumnus or alumna for significant achievements in empowering people with disabilities, advocating for or advancing disability rights or disability justice, or increasing the accessibility of programs and services to promote disability inclusion. Established by the university’s Council for Disability Concerns in October 1990, the award is a memorial to James T. Neubacher, a university alumnus, and columnist for the Detroit Free Press who advocated for equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. Click for more information.

New guide offers resources on abortion policy and research

A new and timely research guide will help researchers, students, and anyone seeking reliable information about abortion policy and research. Produced by a team of librarians and health sciences informationists, the guide to Abortion Policy and Research serves people looking for information on sexual and reproductive health, women’s and gender studies, and state and national health services. It can be found online at It provides links — some open to all, some available only to U-M users — to reliable news outlets, public policy and polling data, case law, and ways to track legislation. Development of the research guide was spurred by the university’s task force on abortion access, which was created in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s overturning Roe v. Wade to determine how an abortion ban would affect clinical care, educational instruction, student health and more.

Brandon Naurato named interim head coach of ice hockey

Brandon Naurato
Brandon Naurato

Brandon Naurato, who recently completed his first season on the U-M coaching ice hockey coaching staff, will serve as Michigan’s interim head coach for 2022-23. Warde Manuel, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics, announced the appointment Aug. 7. It followed an announcement two days earlier that former head coach Mel Pearson would not return. Pearson, whose multi-year contract ended in early May, had remained in his position as an at-will employee pending a lengthy review of the program. Naurato recently completed his first season on the U-M bench following three years with the Detroit Red Wings organization, where he served as a player development consultant. Naurato played four years at Michigan, helping the Wolverines to the CCHA Championship in 2008, which led to a Frozen Four appearance.

Federal agency awards U-M Health five-star quality rating

University of Michigan Health received the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services highest possible quality designation — a five-star ranking — in the agency’s most recent release of its Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings. The CMS star ratings provide patients and families with information about the quality of hospitals and care facilities in their area. U-M Health is the clinical division of Michigan Medicine. Of hospitals evaluated in Michigan, only 18 received the prestigious five-star ranking. Chelsea Hospital, a joint venture between U-M Health and Trinity Health, joins U-M Health on the list of five-star hospitals. U-M Health has received the five-star designation every year since 2019.

U.S. News & World Report ranks U-M Health’s adult hospitals best in Michigan

University of Michigan Health’s adult hospitals were ranked best in Michigan and 17th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” rankings for 2022-23. The honor measures excellence in patient care. U-M Health was also given the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll distinction for the seventh consecutive year. This makes the organization one of only a few U.S. hospitals, and the only one in Michigan, that delivers the highest quality of care across a variety of specialties, as well as varying procedures and conditions. The organization had three medical specialties ranked in the nation’s top 10, five medical specialties ranked in the nation’s top 20 and nine medical specialties ranked as the top program in the state. Read more about this ranking.

Compiled by James Iseler, The University Record


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