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Board of Regents to meet Oct. 19 at UM-Flint

The Board of Regents is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Riverfront Center, 1 Riverfront Plaza, on the UM-Flint campus. Members of the public will be able to watch a livestream of the meeting at Those wishing to make comments during the meeting must attend in person. An agenda will be posted at noon Oct. 16 at To offer public comment at the meeting, sign up before 9 a.m. Oct. 18 at People with disabilities who need assistance should contact the Office of the Vice President and Secretary of the University in advance at 734-763-8194. For more information, go to

2023 Security and Fire Safety Report now available

The U-M Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2023 is now available. This comprehensive resource on campus safety is published each year by the Division of Public Safety and Security to provide the university community with information about public safety and emergency services, safety tips, university policies, laws and support services. The report also includes three-year statistics of reported crime, including bias-motivated crimes on the Ann Arbor campus and adjoining properties. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires universities to provide their communities with this information. View the report.

Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship applications being accepted

Applications are being accepted for the Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship, which works in partnership with units across campus to foster faculty public engagement at U-M. The fellowship, which is overseen by the Office of the Vice President for Research, supports faculty by providing an opportunity to develop skills and incubate project ideas, while also encouraging recognition of and experimentation with all forms of public engagement. There are two phases to the program: an intensive Studio Experience phase focused on community-building, reflection and learning, and a Project Support phase with the opportunity to request in-kind support and funding for an ambitious public engagement project. The application deadline is Dec. 1. Application materials and more details about the fellowship can be found at

UM-Flint seeking input for comprehensive campus plan

The ever-changing nature of education is prompting UM-Flint to undertake a significant initiative to shape its future in collaboration with its stakeholders. The campus is starting an effort to formulate a 10-year comprehensive campus master plan. The plan will be used to consider the development and evolution of campus facilities and spaces through renovations and redevelopment, as well as building and open space usage, to enhance the overall campus experience of students, faculty, staff and the community. A central theme will revolve around the changing nature of work and education. UM-Flint administrators are inviting all community members to participate in the dialogue. Through online platforms and other forms of engagement, students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members will be encouraged to share their visions for the university’s next decade. Read more about this planning effort.

Study highlights racial disparities among older adults

Roughly 40% of older Black adults live with a disability, compared to only one-third of older adults overall. Disability is one of various disparities highlighted in a new study from U-M, which used data from the National Poll on Healthy Aging to examine the extent to which 50- to 80-year-olds were prepared to age in place and the racial and ethnic disparities that exist to that end. Sheria Robinson-Lane, assistant professor of nursing and the study’s principal investigator, said many of the disparities were related to “weathering” — stressors connected to environmental, economic or social factors that accelerate age. Researchers found that income, disability status and household composition emerged as factors that often negatively impact minority aging. Read more about the study and read the study itself.

U-M a partner in two CHIPS Act Midwest microelectronics hubs

As part of $238 million in new funding from the CHIPS and Science Act, the University of Michigan is a founding member of two of the eight Microelectronics Commons regional innovation hubs announced recently by the U.S. Department of Defense. The Microelectronics Commons program establishes a network of technology hubs designed to accelerate domestic hardware prototyping and “lab-to-fab” commercialization of semiconductor technologies, as well as develop the U.S.-based semiconductor workforce. Ultimately, its goal is to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign microelectronics and safeguard the nation from supply chain risks, according to the program’s website. U-M will play key roles in the $32.9 million Silicon Crossroads Microelectronics Commons Hub, led by the Applied Research Institute and the state of Indiana, and the $24.3 million Midwest Microelectronics Consortium Hub, led by the Midwest Microelectronics Consortium and the state of Ohio. Read more about the hubs.

— Compiled by James Iseler, The University Record


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