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Board of Regents to meet at UM-Dearborn on May 16

The Board of Regents will meet May 16 at Fairlane Center South on the campus of UM-Dearborn. Members of the public also will be able to watch a livestream of the meeting at, but those wishing to make comments during the meeting must attend in person. An agenda, including the meeting’s start time, will be posted at noon May 13 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. May 9 and 5 p.m. May 13. 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

Nominating deadline approaching for Distinguished University Innovator Award

University community members have until May 17 to submit nominations for the annual Distinguished University Innovator of the Year Award. Innovation Partnerships, based in the Office of the Vice President for Research, oversees the award, U-M’s highest honor for faculty who have shown leadership in bringing new ideas to the marketplace. It honors faculty who have made important and lasting contributions to society by developing novel ideas and insights through their research and then translating them to practice. Instructional, research, clinical faculty, or a team of up to five such faculty, are eligible. Nominations of outstanding women, minorities and members of other groups historically underrepresented in their disciplines are encouraged. The recipient will be formally recognized in the fall at the university’s annual Celebrate Invention event. Learn more about the award, criteria, submission and selection process, and past winners.

Podcast: Chatas says U-M will be a ‘living lab’ for environmental stewardship

In the final Michigan Minds podcast highlighting key impact areas of Vision 2034, Geoff Chatas, executive vice president and chief financial officer, discusses climate action, sustainability and environmental justice. Vision 2034 is the outcome of the yearlong strategic visioning process that engaged more than 25,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and local community members to imagine what aspirations the university could achieve in the next 10 years. In the podcast, Chatas said that Vision 2034 — along with Campus Plan 2050, which focuses on the campus’ physical spaces — will incorporate carbon neutrality, sustainability and environmental justice efforts in a range of important ways. “Campus Plan 2050 is designed to make Vision 2034 possible through all of the four impact areas, but especially sustainability. Sustainability will be a major aspect, whether it involves new buildings, an infrastructure, or updating existing buildings and infrastructure. This will allow us to use our campus as a living lab and what we learn here can serve as a model for the rest of the world,” Chatas said. Listen to the podcast.

Biological Station hosting free Summer Lecture Series May 29-July 31

The U-M Biological Station, a more than 10,000-acre research and teaching campus along Douglas Lake just south of the Mackinac Bridge, will host distinguished scientists, artists and authors from across the United States as part of its 2024 Summer Lecture Series. Featured on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. from May 29 through July 31, topics include the evolution of foraging traits in hummingbirds, the thrilling adventures of U-M botanists who braved the Grand Canyon in 1938, environmental mercury toxicity, and Indigenous languages and grammatical gender. The community is invited to the free, public events at the Biological Station, 9133 Biological Road near Pellston. The talks will take place in Gates Lecture Hall. For more information and a list of lectures.

University Record will reduce its print and email publications for the summer

This is The University Record’s last weekly print edition of the winter semester. The Record will have a reduced schedule during the spring and summer semesters, with print editions published May 20, June 10 and 24, July 22 and Aug. 12. Regular weekly publication will resume with the start of the 2024 fall semester on Aug. 26. The daily Record email will continue through May 17, and then it also will shift to weekly schedule for the summer. The email will be distributed each Wednesday starting May 22, and will resume daily publication Aug. 26. The Record website — — will be updated throughout the week with news for faculty and staff, and the weekly email will include items added to the website during the previous week. Also, because there are fewer events on campus during the summer, the Record will suspend its online Coming Events feature starting May 22. Readers are encouraged to visit the Happening@Michigan events calendar at for any events that do occur on campus during the summer.

Compiled by James Iseler, The University Record


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