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New Carbon Neutrality Acceleration Program projects receive $1.16M

The Graham Sustainability Institute’s Carbon Neutrality Acceleration Program has announced $1.16 million in funding for six new faculty research projects, featuring 16 faculty members representing 10 disciplines. CNAP is a multiyear, multimillion-dollar program created in 2020 with a $5 million gift from anonymous donors. Including these grants, CNAP has a 20-project portfolio totaling nearly $3 million. The Michigan Memorial Phoenix Fund provided additional funding this round to support nuclear-related projects. The new CNAP projects continue to draw on the breadth of expertise across U-M. They tackle a range of carbon neutrality topics and augment the CNAP portfolio, which addresses six critical technological and social decarbonization opportunities: energy storage; capturing, converting, and storing carbon; changing public opinion and behavior; ensuring an equitable and inclusive transition; material and process innovation; and transportation and alternative fuels. “Our new projects are ambitious and solutions-oriented. Each one has the potential to propel decarbonization quickly toward a far more sustainable — and equitable — future,” said Jennifer Haverkamp, Graham Family Director of the Graham Institute. For more about the new projects.

WISE seeks nominations for Willie Hobbs Moore Awards

Nominations of faculty, staff or students are being sought for the U-M Women in Science and Engineering’s 11th annual Willie Hobbs Moore Awards. Four awards are available to recognize individuals or teams for excellence promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in science, technology, engineering or math. Awards are available for both seasoned professionals and those just beginning their STEM journey. They include the Willie Hobbs Moore Achievement Award, the Sister Mary Ambrosia Fitzgerald Mentoring Award, the Claudia Joan Alexander Trailblazer Award, and the Cinda Sue Davis STEM Equity Leadership Award. The award ceremony is named for Moore, the first Black woman at U-M to earn Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering at U-M, and the first Black woman in the country to earn a Ph.D. in physics. Nominations close March 1. For more information and a link to the nomination form, go to

UM-Flint to offer Doctorate of Business Administration program

The UM-Flint School of Management will begin offering a Doctorate of Business Administration, starting this fall. Designed to advance students’ careers and expand their earning potential, this is the first and only such program in the state of Michigan to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The DBA is designed for working professionals, is part-time, and is offered in an entirely online format. The DBA is intended for mid-level managers, consultants or analysts looking to expand their knowledge of business strategy; or college lecturers wanting to transition into a full-time tenure track position. The three-year program will include mentoring relationships with UM-Flint faculty, offering a curriculum focused on business strategy with an underlying focus on helping students become thought leaders in their organizations. The curriculum will feature real-world problem solving with evidence-based solutions that elevate a professional’s understanding of business strategy in a global context. Read more about this degree.

ZIP code and hospital quality may both affect the risk of dying after surgery

Living in an under-resourced neighborhood may affect a person’s recovery from surgery, even if their operation takes place at a high-quality hospital, according to a large study of Medicare patients. A University of Michigan-led research team analyzed whether the death rate in the 30 days after five common operations was tied to hospital quality, as calculated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or ZIP codes for close to 2 million patients covered by Medicare. They documented widespread variation across the United States for both measures, including that where patients lived did not predict whether they underwent their operations at high- or low-quality hospitals. However, living in a neighborhood with high poverty levels, low education rates and worse quality housing increased the likelihood that a patient died after surgery, whether their procedure took place at a high-quality hospital or not. Similarly, undergoing surgery at a lower-quality hospital put patients at similar risk of dying after their operations, even if they lived in neighborhoods with higher incomes and education levels. Read more about this study.

Record’s printed, email editions taking a weeklong break

The University Record will be taking a break from publication the week of Feb. 26-March 4. The Record also will not publish a printed edition Feb. 27, due to the winter semester vacation. Also, no daily Record emails will be sent Feb. 27-March 3. Major items of interest to faculty and staff may be posted to the Record’s website over the break. The printed Record will resume March 6 with weekly publication through May 1. The Record email will resume March 6, with Monday-Friday distribution through May 19. Both versions of the Record will run on a reduced schedule during the late spring and summer.

Compiled by James Iseler, The University Record


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