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Employees asked to avoid parking near Michigan Stadium on game days

With seven home football games this year, Athletics and Logistics, Transportation & Parking are asking for the university community’s assistance as they work to provide parking for game attendees. All personal and university vehicles are to be parked at off-site locations away from the football stadium area by 10 p.m. each Friday prior to home football games. Any vehicles left in the lots after 10 p.m. will be subject to towing. Remaining home games are Sept. 9, 16 and 23, Oct. 14, Nov. 4 and 25. On-call staff and staff with regular work schedules on Saturdays will be accommodated on the Ross Athletic Campus whenever possible. Email LTP at in advance with the names of those working and the dates. For more information and a full list of affected parking lots.

Let the Festifall be with you

Photo of a man and a woman conducting a light saber battle at Festifall
Undergraduate students Julia Cole (left) and Tony DiMeglio, members of the Star Wars Fan Club at U-M, wage a light saber battle on Ingalls Mall during Festifall, the annual student organization fair that takes place at the opening of each school year. Students filled the Diag and Ingalls Mall as hundreds of groups provided information for students on Aug. 30. A similar event took place Aug. 29 on North Campus. (Photo by Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography)

Collection of Arab American voices is UM-Dearborn’s Community Read

UM-Dearborn is hosting its 2023-24 Community Read for faculty, staff and students. This year’s featured book is “Hadha Baladuna: Arab American Narratives of Boundary and Belonging,” published through Wayne State University Press. Community Read is a campuswide program where students, faculty and staff learn together and develop a clearer picture of the university community and what it means to be a part of it. “Hadha Baladuna,” which means “this is our country” in Arabic, is a collection of creative nonfiction exploring the diversity of Arab American voices and experiences in the southeastern Michigan region. The book has been named a Michigan Notable Book and received the Arab American Book Awards’ Evelyn Shakir Non-Fiction Award. Learn more about the UM-Dearborn Community Read.

UM-Flint offering graduate programs in data science and cybersecurity

In line with UM-Flint’s goal of preparing students for in-demand careers in growing fields, the College of Innovation & Technology is offering Master of Science degrees in data science and cybersecurity. Like many of the college’s other graduate degrees, both programs are designed to accommodate the schedule of a working professional, allowing them to concentrate on both a graduate degree as well as their work. The M.S. in data science educates students on data collection and retention techniques to better suit the increasingly complex technological components of work. The M.S. in cybersecurity trains students in digital security — as businesses continue to collect large amounts of data, the need for trained security professionals in digital components is increasing. Both programs are open to students with and without computer programming experience. Learn more about the programs.

Many older adults want RSV vaccine; awareness, interest vary by age, health

The first Americans older than 60 just started rolling up their sleeves to get vaccinated against RSV now that brand-new vaccines have started to arrive at pharmacies and clinics. Millions more older adults may do the same in coming weeks and months, a new University of Michigan poll suggests, as they seek protection against a virus that is especially good at infecting older lungs. However, nearly half of older adults do not know about the new RSV vaccines that received approval earlier this year, and some groups of older adults show much less interest in getting the RSV vaccine than others, according to new data from the National Poll on Healthy Aging gathered in July. In all, 52% of people between the ages of 60 and 80 had heard the new vaccine option was coming, according to the new data. Asked how interested they are in getting vaccinated, 21% of those who answered said they’re very interested, and another 43% said they’re somewhat interested. Read more about the poll.

Compiled by James Iseler, The University Record


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