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Electronic consent process for 2022 Form W-2 now open

University of Michigan employees can provide consent to receive an electronic version of their Form W-2 for the 2022 tax year as well as for future years. Those who have previously consented to receive an electronic PDF copy of their Form W-2 do not need to take further action. Their 2022 Form W-2 will be available for viewing and printing in early January 2023. A reminder email will be sent at that time. Those who have not previously consented to receive an electronic PDF copy of their Form W-2 can do so by going to and searching for and opening the Payroll Tax Forms link. Employees will be prompted to provide consent. For those employees who choose to receive their Form W-2 in the mail, hard copies will be mailed by Jan. 31, 2023.

School of Information adds graduate students to free tuition program

The School of Information is now offering free graduate school tuition in two programs for full-time students who were awarded the Go Blue Guarantee grant as undergraduates. Since 2018, the Go Blue Guarantee program has provided up to four years of free tuition for full-time, high-achieving, in-state students with family incomes of $65,000 or less and assets below $50,000. More than 5,000 students have received the undergraduate grant. With the new UMSI Graduate Guarantee, UMSI becomes the first U-M school or college to also offer free graduate school tuition to current or alumni Go Blue Guarantee grant recipients. The program will begin with students enrolled for fall 2023. The UMSI Graduate Guarantee grant will cover four semesters of tuition and fees in the Master of Science in Information program or the Master of Health Informatics program in Ann Arbor. Students who are admitted to the MSI or MHI programs are automatically considered for the grant.

Senate Assembly will vote to fill two vacancies on SACUA

The U-M faculty’s Senate Assembly will start the new year with a vote to fill two vacancies on the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs after two of its members stepped down. Nominations have been accepted for candidates to fill the remainder of three-year terms held by SACUA Vice Chair Kanakadurga Singer and member Michael Atzmon. Nominees had not been announced as of the Record’s press time. Senate Assembly members will vote electronically from noon Jan. 10 through noon Jan. 13. Singer, the Valerie Castle Opipari M.D. Professor of Pediatrics, and associate professor of pediatrics and of molecular and integrative physiology, stepped down Dec. 1 to avoid any potential conflicts of interest that might arise by serving in SACUA leadership and in her new role as assistant dean of tenure-track in the Medical School. Atzmon, professor emeritus of nuclear engineering and radiological sciences, and of materials science and engineering, stepped down due to his retirement Dec. 31. SACUA is the central faculty governance system’s nine-member executive arm.

Taubman College awards five Pressing Matters grants

Five projects will receive funding in the latest round of Pressing Matters grants, a research incentive funding program that supports research advancing the state of practice in the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning’s various disciplines and forges new interdisciplinary opportunities. Aligning with its title, the Pressing Matters grant aims to spotlight projects in the college that address societal priorities and provide practical solutions. The funded research is relevant to Taubman College disciplines and U-M’s “big-picture” multidisciplinary themes. Recipients of the grant have demonstrated active collaboration between fields in the college, with another U-M unit, or with an external partner, proving that their work would empower constituencies to improve their quality of life. “The selected projects address some of the most imperative concerns facing our disciplines,” said Dean Jonathan Massey. Learn more about the five projects.

U-M researchers leading partnership studying mental fatigue

Researchers at the University of Michigan are leading a multiuniversity partnership that aims to understand and predict cognitive fatigue in individuals. The five-year project will examine cognitive fatigue across multiple timescales, distinct aspects of cognition and in different individuals with multiscale whole cortex models, said Daniel Forger, the Robert W. and Lynn H. Browne Professor of Science. The research will focus on the build-up fatigue in the brain, for example, during sleep deprivation and when individuals are working at times when their daily circadian clock is misaligned. With a $6.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, Forger and colleagues will build personalized models of sleep, circadian rhythms, physical activity and mood, and assess and optimize the efficacy of objective mobile sensors to detect the onset of cognitive fatigue. The interest in cognitive fatigue at U-M emerged from an Ideas Lab funded through the Biosciences Initiative on predicting human performance. Read more about this research.

Compiled by James Iseler, The University Record


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