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Essential insurance and emergency support resources for international travel

As travel season approaches, current faculty and staff are encouraged to register international travel and enroll in travel-abroad health insurance, even for personal travel. Registering allows U-M to quickly and accurately locate and assist U-M travelers abroad in the event of a health, safety or security crisis. Registering also allows travelers to enroll in the GeoBlue U-M travel-abroad health insurance. U-M’s GeoBlue coverage includes help locating and accessing medical care, prescription benefits, and even evacuation in the event of a political or natural disaster. Faculty and staff traveling abroad for university business are automatically covered by GeoBlue at no cost and can enroll after registering their travel. Spouses, domestic partners and dependents who are traveling with the faculty or staff member also are covered. The GeoBlue personal or leisure coverage can be purchased for $1.62 per day and can be purchased for spouses, domestic partners and dependents traveling with the faculty or staff member. Register travel, and learn more about the travel-abroad health insurance at

VIDEO: Top leaders address the state of the university

President Santa J. Ono and U-M’s three executive vice presidents provided an update on the state of the university Nov. 27 to an invited audience of university leaders. Declaring “the state of our university is strong today,” Ono outlined his goals and priorities including Vision 2034 and Campus Plan 2050. He also highlighted U-M’s recent achievements including its growing enrollment, its record-breaking research volume and new developments such as the Central Campus Residential Project and the U-M Center for Innovation in Detroit. Laurie McCauley, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs; Geoff Chatas, executive vice president and chief financial officer; and Marschall Runge, executive vice president for medical affairs, CEO of Michigan Medicine and dean of the Medical School, also spoke.

Applications sought for next spring’s Anti-Racist Digital Research Institute

The U-M Library, LSA Technology Services and the National Center for Institutional Diversity’s Anti-Racism Collaborative have announced the next round of an initiative to support digital scholarship that advances work in the areas of anti-racism and social justice. The Anti-Racist Digital Research Institute is a weeklong institute and mini-grant program May 6-10, 2024, providing resources and access to experts and peers to help develop digital research project proposals or plans and provide planning support for conceptualization of a project. Applications are due Dec. 22. More information on the initiative and application process. Email questions to or join one of two remaining online information sessions at from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and 19.

Transportation and parking service to be adjusted over the holidays

Campus bus and shuttle service will be modified over the upcoming holiday break, and parking permits will not be required for most campus parking lots and structures. Details of the holiday transit and parking schedule are available online. Highlights include:

  • There is no bus or shuttle service on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Modified service will operate Dec. 16-Jan. 6. Service ends at 6 p.m. on Dec 24 and 31.
  • Between Dec. 23-31, only the Wall Street Express (weekdays only) and Winter Break Northwood routes will operate.
  • East Ann Arbor Employee Parking Shuttles, Michigan Medicine Late Night Service, Ride Home and State Street Ride will not operate Dec. 22-Jan. 2.
  • Paratransit Service will not be available on Dec. 24, 25, 31 or Jan. 1, 2.
  • Parking permits are not required in most U-M parking lots and structures from noon Dec. 22 to 6 a.m. Jan. 2.
  • Parking permits are required in the P1, P2/P3, P4 and P5 structures, M71 and M95 (Arbor Heights) surface lots.
  • Patient and visitor parking will continue at the P1-P5 structures throughout the holiday season, except Dec. 23-25 and Jan. 1, when parking will be free.
  • Patient and visitor parking at the Fletcher and Palmer structures will be free Dec. 23-Jan. 1.

Rogel Cancer Center Innovation Program to aid development of therapeutics

Fast Forward Medical Innovation and the Rogel Cancer Center have announced the launch of the Rogel CC Innovation Program to help faculty, clinicians and research scientists develop novel therapeutics and successfully communicate the value of their research to secure commercialization resources. The program will have two major components: a lecture series and a project-based course. The five-part lecture series begins Jan. 10 and continues Jan. 17, 24, Feb. 7 and 14. It is available for anyone to attend. The virtual project-based course begins March 8 and will offer ongoing coaching and support from an expert teaching team over a period of four months. To learn more about the program or to apply, go to

Compiled by James Iseler, The University Record


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