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Application deadline extended for temporary federal loan forgiveness program

U-M faculty and staff who are among the estimated 154,000 Michigan residents eligible for federal public-service loan forgiveness of federal student loan debt now have until Oct. 21 to apply to the Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness program to get credit for payments that previously didn’t qualify. View the Federal Student Aid website at for details and eligibility requirements. The program continues through Oct. 31, but faculty and staff who want to apply must complete their portions of the application process by Oct. 21 through U-M’s Shared Services Center. Applicants must submit a completed TEPSLF Employment Certification & Application Form through an SSC eform. Complete, sign and date the first page of the ECF, then complete the Verification of Employment eform. The SSC will complete the employer portion and forward the completed form to the U.S. Department of Education. The SSC does not determine eligibility. Questions should be directed to student loan servicers. Visit the HR website for more information.

Ross launches ‘Business and Society’ podcast featuring faculty members

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business recently introduced a new podcast that shares insights from the school’s faculty members into current issues and events. “Business and Society with Michigan Ross” launched Oct. 7 and explores the ways the business world interacts with our broader society. The first episode tackled the question “Is the American corporation doomed?” with a panel featuring Paul Clyde, Tom Lantos Professor of Business Administration, clinical assistant professor of business economics and public policy and lecturer IV in business economics; Jerry Davis, Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Professor of Business Administration and professor of business; and Cindy Schipani, Merwin H. Waterman Collegiate Professor of Business Administration and professor of business law. In addition, Sarah Miller, associate professor of business economics and public policy, Ross School, and faculty associate in the Population Studies Center of the Institute for Social Research, explained her research into the long-term financial impacts on women who are denied an abortion. Listen to the first episode.

U-M partners with Google to offer job-ready tech skills program

A new flexible online training program on data science will prepare job-seekers in Michigan and beyond to quickly enter one of the fastest-growing labor markets and advance their careers. The Center for Academic Innovation created the program, “Data Analytics in the Public Sector with R,” for data science and other professionals interested in how public data sets can drive decisions and policymaking in the public sector. The course complements current Google career certificates, flexible online “Grow with Google” job-training programs for high-demand fields. As open-source data and machine learning increasingly become part of decision-making, the center partnered with faculty in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the School of Information to build the online course series. Christopher Brooks, assistant professor of information, and Paula Lantz, professor of public policy, and of health management and policy, will teach the course. Read more information about the course.

UM-Flint recognized as a 2022-23 College of Distinction

UM-Flint has been recognized for its commitment to helping students learn, grow and succeed as it was named to the 2022-23 Colleges of Distinction list, which is an online guide for college-bound students that honors higher education institutions throughout the United States for their excellence. “When we focus all of our attention on how schools stack up against one another, we lose track of what really matters: the students themselves,” said Wes Creel, founder of Colleges of Distinction. “Every student has individual needs and their own environment in which they’re most likely to thrive. We want to extend our praise to the schools that prioritize and cater to students’ goals. UM-Flint’s inclusion is informed by the unique ways it commits to achieving success.” COD has recognized Colleges of Distinction since 2000.

Exercise can modify fat tissue in ways that improve health, even without weight loss

Exercise is one of the first strategies used to treat obesity-related health problems like Type 2 diabetes and other cardiovascular disease, but scientists don’t understand exactly how it works to improve metabolic health. To that end, U-M researchers examined the effects of three months of exercise on people with obesity, and found that exercise can favorably modify abdominal subcutaneous adipose tissue, the fat tissue just beneath the skin, in ways that can improve metabolic health — even without weight loss. Surprisingly, moderate and high-intensity exercise yielded the same positive changes in fat tissue composition and structure, and fat cells shrank a bit even without weight loss, said principal investigator Jeffrey Horowitz, professor of kinesiology. The findings appear in The Journal of Physiology. Read more about the study.

— Compiled by Jeff Bleiler, The University Record


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