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Proposals sought for next round of OVPR Anti-Racism Grants

The Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking applicants for Anti-Racism Grants for research and scholarship related to societal and racial inequalities, and that inform actions to achieve equity and justice. Grants are available at two levels: $25,000-$50,000, and up to $100,000. Applications are due June 3. The grant program was created in 2021 to catalyze innovative research and scholarship efforts, and advance knowledge around complex societal racial inequalities that can inform actions to achieve equity and justice. Developed in partnership with the Provost’s Anti-Racism Initiative, they are jointly administered with the National Center for Institutional Diversity’s Anti-Racism Collaborative. A key goal for the program is to support rigorous, innovative and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in relation to racial equity and justice in society. Another goal is to provide funding and research development support to principal investigator teams with projects that would position the PIs and teams to be competitive for future external funding. Learn more or apply at

Board of Regents to meet March 28 in University Hall

The Board of Regents is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. March 28 in University Hall in the Alexander G. Ruthven Building. Members of the public also 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 online at noon March 25 at Those wishing to sign up to speak at the meeting, or who wish to submit written or video comments must do so between 9 a.m. March 21 and 5 p.m. March 25. To sign up or learn more about the public comments policy, go to 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

Rackham Institute plans open house for new home of clinics

The Mary A. Rackham Institute, home of the Psychological Clinic, University Center for the Child and Family and the University Center for Language and Literacy, will host an open house from 3-5 p.m. March 22 to celebrate its mental health clinics’ recent move to 210 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor. Speakers will include Mike Solomon, dean of the Rackham Graduate School and vice provost for academic affairs – graduate studies; Christine Asidao, MARI senior director; Meaghan Fesler, clinic and operations manager; and Erin Hunter, director of the MARI mental health clinics. Staff will showcase MARI’s mental health and language and literacy services, and evidence-based interventions such as child-focused therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis, psychoeducational testing, anxiety and OCD treatment, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, the aphasia program, and opportunities for clinicians-in-training. MARI serves faculty, staff, graduate/professional and undergraduate students, their families, the local Michigan community, and beyond. For more information, visit

Eleven percent of 12th-graders use delta-8 THC, study finds

The first national estimates of teen delta-8 use indicate that 11% of 12th-grade students across the United States used it in the past year. This information comes from the Monitoring the Future study, which annually surveys adolescents across the U.S. and is conducted by U-M researchers and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health. Delta-8 is a cannabis compound that can produce a “high” similar to marijuana. The term “delta-8” stands for delta-8-THC, which is chemically a close cousin of delta-9-THC, the principal psychoactive compound of marijuana. The purchase of delta-8 products typically has no age restrictions. Most delta-8 is derived from hemp, a variety of the cannabis plant. To date, there is no conclusive evidence to suggest delta-8 is safer than marijuana or other THC cannabis products. Given its similarities to delta-9, delta-8 is likely to carry the same risks, the study’s authors note. Read the study.

UM-Flint introduces new master’s degree in supply chain management

UM-Flint has introduced a new graduate program in the School of Management. The Master of Science in supply chain management is designed to make students skilled decision-makers in the field of U.S. manufacturing. In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became apparent across much of the country that the supply chain of goods and services was in need of reform. Shortages and difficulty in transport have impacted the flow of supplies from coast to coast. For this reason, many U.S.-based corporations are seeking innovations in their supply chain infrastructure. With new innovations in the field of logistics, the M.S. in supply chain management can open many doors for students. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, those with a master’s in supply chain management, are qualified for careers that are expected to see higher-than-average growth during the next few years, including purchasing managers, buyer planners and materials managers. Read more about this program.

Compiled by James Iseler, The University Record


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