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Nominations sought for president’s award for international education

In celebration of International Education Week, the Office of the President is seeking nominations for the 2023 President’s Award for Distinguished Service in International Education, an award program recognizing the extraordinary efforts of faculty and staff who advance international education for U-M students. Nominees should demonstrate sustained commitment and dedication to international education for U-M students, specific accomplishments in U-M international education, and leadership in the field of international education, either on campus or beyond. The nominating deadline is Feb. 3, 2023. Read more about the award and submit a nomination.

Application process now open for 2023 Michigan Road Scholars Tour

U-M instructional, research and clinical track faculty are invited to apply to be part of the 2023 Michigan Road Scholars Tour. The five-day tour of various locations throughout Michigan is scheduled for May 1-5. It seeks to increase knowledge and understanding between the university and the people and communities of Michigan; to demonstrate the ways U-M is connected to the entire state; to cultivate an awareness among faculty of the state’s distinctive geographic, economic, cultural and political attributes; and to encourage public service and research to address problems. The application period is open through Nov. 28. To apply or to find out more about the Michigan Road Scholars tour, go to

Free tobacco-cessation programs available; new policy effective Nov. 17

The U-M community has access to free tobacco-cessation programs as the university approaches the Nov. 17 effective date for its tobacco-free policy. These tools include group sessions, personal coaching, nicotine replacement therapy and more. Faculty, staff and retirees should contact the Tobacco Consultation Service at 734-998-6222 for assistance. Students may receive help from Wolverine Wellness coaches by going to The updated Tobacco Free University Premises policy will prohibit the use of the following additional products in university buildings, facilities and grounds, and in university vehicles: electronic nicotine delivery system items, such as vapes, e-cigarettes, e-cigars, hookah pens and vape pens; and smokeless tobacco products, commonly called dip, chew, snus and snuff. Use of traditional cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos and hookahs on university property continues to be prohibited. The policy allows exceptions for research and cultural functions with appropriate approval. For more information, go to

Parking and transportation changes planned for Thanksgiving break

U-M has announced changes to its campus bus schedule and parking services for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday break. There will be no bus or shuttle service Nov. 24-25. Regular weekend transit service will resume Nov. 26. There will be no East Ann Arbor Employee Parking Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle, Ride Home or State St. Ride on Nov. 24-25. These services will resume Nov. 28. There will be no paratransit services Nov. 24-25. Staff parking enforcement will be suspended Nov. 24-25 for all parking areas except the Rogel Cancer Center, Taubman North/South, Mott/Simpson and Frankel Cardiovascular Center parking structures and the M71 and M95 surface lots. Patient and visitor parking on the Medical Campus will continue over the holiday week. The patient and visitor areas at the Fletcher Street and Palmer parking structures will be closed from 6 p.m. Nov. 23 until 6:30 a.m. Nov. 28. Specially signed spaces will require appropriate permits and remain enforced at all times. Regular parking enforcement will resume at 6 a.m. Nov. 26. For more details about transportation and parking changes.

Biases in cardiometabolic research put minority women’s lives at risk

Biases in heart disease and metabolic disorder — also known as cardiometabolic — studies are putting the lives of midlife Black and Hispanic women in jeopardy. These women are experiencing cardiometabolic risks five to 11 years earlier than white women, but studies designed to gauge these differences often underestimate the disparity, according to new research from U-M. In a new study published in JAMA Network Open, researchers corrected for the sources of systematic exclusion common in studies and learned that correction for these biases decreased the estimated age of cardiometabolic disease onset by an average of 20 years. Earlier disease onset for minority populations points to “weathering” or earlier health declines in these groups due to structural social and economic marginalization. Given that cardiometabolic diseases are the main predictor of health and longevity, understanding these racial differences in “weathering” and the typical age of onset of the disease is important to target interventions to earlier stages of life for prevention, said senior author Sioban Harlow, professor of epidemiology. Data are from a cohort study that followed midlife women from 1996-2016. The study involved more than 3,300 women ages 42 to 52 in 1996, whose racial or ethnic group included Black, Chinese, Hispanic, Japanese and white. Read the study.

Compiled by James Iseler, The University Record


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