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July 24, 2019



Six faculty members named Distinguished University Professors

Six faculty members — John Z. Ayanian, Paul N. Courant, Judith T. Irvine, Earl Lewis, Anna Suk-Fong Lok and Scott E. Page — have been appointed Distinguished University Professors. The appointments, one of U-M’s top honors, were approved July 18 by the Board of Regents.

Schlissel, chancellors describe collaborative culture for campuses

A key to U-M’s long-term success is allowing each of its three campuses to define its own needs, establish its own priorities and develop its own budget accordingly. That was the message President Mark Schlissel and the campus chancellors delivered at the Board of Regents meeting July 18.

U-M announces diversity and social transformation professorships

Demonstrating a continued commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, the Board of Regents has created the University Diversity and Social Transformation Professorships recognizing senior faculty who show a commitment to DEI through their scholarship, teaching, or service and engagement.

U-M's impact on health insurance

Screen shot from video of Mark Fendrick discussing Value-Based Insurance Design

Millions of Americans with chronic conditions could save money on the drugs and medical services they need the most, if their health insurance plans decide to take advantage of a new federal rule, the idea for which was born at U-M. In this video, A. Mark Fendrick, director of the U-M Center for Value-Based Insurance Design and a professor at the Medical School and School of Public Health, discusses the benefits of the V-BID concept — that the highest-value clinical services should cost the least to people who need them most. Read more about the new federal rule.

Richard Holcomb appointed AVP for human resources

Richard S. Holcomb has been appointed associate vice president for human resources and will serve as the university’s chief human resources officer. His appointment, approved July 18 by the Board of Regents, is effective Aug. 1. He will succeed Laurita Thomas, who is retiring after 46 years at U-M.

Campus planning update highlights current, future projects

An update on U-M’s campus planning efforts highlighted current and future potential projects designed to support the mission of the university while serving a campus community of nearly 95,000 and more than 3.8 million visitors each year.

Enrollment time limit extended for in-state tuition qualification

More students with longstanding ties to Michigan, who need additional time to prepare for and enroll at U-M after graduating high school, will now be eligible for in-state tuition rates, after the Board of Regents agreed to extend the enrollment time limit from 28 months to 40 months.

U-M mourns Lena Chen, physician-scientist and federal adviser

Lena M. Chen, associate professor of internal medicine, died July 21 at age 49 after a sudden catastrophic illness. Chen, who was also a senior adviser to a deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, strove to help the worlds of medicine and federal policy understand one another.

University maintains No. 15 spot in THE World Reputation Rankings

For the third straight year, U-M maintained its position as the 15th top university in the world in the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings. It is one of three U.S. public institutions in the top 20, along with the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Sol Bermann named U-M’s chief information security officer

Sol Bermann has been named executive director of Information Assurance and chief information security officer. He’ll work across U-M’s campuses and in partnership with Michigan Medicine to establish and maintain information security, while enabling an open and collaboration-rich academic environment.

History professor Valerie Kivelson inducted into British Academy

Valerie Kivelson, an expert on early modern Russia and European history, has been elected as one of 76 fellows to the British Academy, a leading institution for humanities and social sciences. She is one of only 20 corresponding fellows elected from universities outside of the United Kingdom.

Solar Car Team doubles down on proven design with Electrum

The U-M Solar Car Team hopes its overhauled electrical system and tightly packed solar cells will power its new vehicle, Electrum, to gold at the 1,800-mile Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia this fall. The team unveiled its newest vehicle, which builds on the design of its 2017 car, on July 19.

Demolition of South Fifth Avenue property begins this week

U-M will begin demolishing old lumber yard sheds on the southern section of university-owned property on South Fifth Avenue this week. Demolition on the former site of Fingerle Lumber is expected to continue through August. Site preparation for additional permit parking will follow the demolition.

School of Dentistry to host free Mouth Guard Clinic July 27

Athletes 5 and older who will participate in sports this fall and winter can have a free, customized mouth guard made for them during the School of Dentistry’s annual Mouth Guard Clinic on July 27. Mouth guards will be made for the first 120 athletes who register on a first-come, first-served basis.

U-M in History — July 15-28

President George W. Bush presented the National Medal of Science to Hyman Bass, professor of mathematics and education, on July 27, 2007. Read about some of the other things that happened in U-M history during the weeks of July 15-28. 


July 24

Why Study Inequalities in Health?

Cesar G. Victoria, emeritus professor and director, International Center for Equity in Health, Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil, 12:15-1 p.m., School of Public Health Building I and Crossroads and Tower, Room 1690

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July 25

A Symposium on Big Data, Human Health, and Statistics

Keynote by Blake McShane, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Rackham Graduate School, Fourth Floor

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“Any effort to combat sexual harassment in the workplace is a step in the right direction (but) … when workers lack basic rights on the job, it is much harder to speak out against sexual harassment and to pursue remedies,” said Kate Andrias, professor of law.

ABC News

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“To Republicans, Trump is simply saying: ‘Hey, if you don’t like America, you can leave. That is not at all controversial. If you already support Trump, then it’s very easy to interpret his comments that way. … (He) is doing exactly what Republicans want him to do. He’s taking on groups that they oppose,” said Vincent Hutchings, professor of political science.


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“When the state policymakers needed women’s hands, they sent them to do labor. Now they want to push women into marriage and have a bunch of babies,” said Wang Zheng, professor of women’s studies and history, commenting on the resurgence in traditional gender roles in China that has increasingly pushed women back into the home.

The New York Times

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“I could see Amazon using the information to target advertising that would steer customers to its own new pharmacy venture. Amazon could also share the information it gets from Alexa Health for targeted advertising by third parties in the same way it currently uses personal information,” said Jodyn Platt, assistant professor of learning health sciences, on Amazon’s new partnership with Britain’s National Health Service.

Los Angeles Times

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Richard Rood, professor of climate and space sciences and engineering, and earth and environmental sciences, says the extreme heat caused by climate change will not occur in isolation — there will be droughts, wildfires, floods, and other extreme weather events that will compound the impacts of the heat: “Our past climate can no longer guide us. We have to build and adapt to what’s coming.”

National Geographic

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Political engagement in Southeast Asia

As the grandson of Holocaust survivors, Eitan Paul, a joint Ph.D. student in public policy and political science, has a long history of political engagement. He has found his specialty focusing on social accountability in Southeast Asia, with research projects in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste.


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