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Week of December 5, 2011

In Brief

Kids Kare registration available to faculty and staff

To help faculty and staff balance work obligations with family commitments, the Work/Life Resource Center offers Kids Kare at Home. It is an emergency back-up option for times when regular childcare is unavailable, such as when a sick child needs to stay home but the parent cannot take time away from work. Caregivers can be called to provide care in the home. Register at hr.umich.edu/worklife/kidskare/index.html. Those who have registered in 2011 must re-register for 2012. Register through Dec. 23.

U-M Library celebrates Undergraduate Research Awards

The first MLibrary Undergraduate Research Awards recently were presented to celebrate undergraduate research, the richness of library resources, and the commitment of faculty and librarians to undergraduate learning. Thirty-four applicants came from a range of disciplines. The $1,000 first-place award went to Emily Schiller. Second-place winner Sita Marie Syal and third-place winner Shirley Chen each received $500. Honorable mention awards of $100 each went to Georgia Ennis, Leanna First-Arai and Michael Franczak. The application deadline for the next round of awards is April 20. For more information go to www.lib.umich.edu/shapiro-undergraduate-library/research-award.

Geriatrics Center programs rank highest at UMHS

Geriatrics Center Social Work and Community Programs recently ranked highest on the annual employee engagement survey at the U-M Health System. Social Work team members rated their work environment with a score of 96.7 on a 100-point scale. Those surveyed reported they had timely, relevant, and helpful communication from supervisors and leaders; ongoing development and training; and were involved with decisions that affect work.

Regents meeting Dec. 15

The Board of Regents will have its monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Regents Room of the Fleming Administration Building. To offer public comment at the meeting, sign up in advance at www.regents.umich.edu/meetings/publform.html. Public comments on agenda items will be taken prior to their consideration. Comments on nonagenda items will follow the regular business agenda. People with disabilities who need assistance should contact the Office of the Vice President and Secretary of the University in advance at 734-764-3883. For more about regents meetings, go to www.regents.umich.edu.

Innovator Award nominations sought

The Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking nominations for the 2012 Distinguished University Innovator Award. It recognizes a faculty member or small team led by a faculty member who has demonstrated a noteworthy accomplishment through transformational innovation, movement of an innovation to market readiness, or the creation of a new means to move innovations from the university to the private sector. The winner receives a $5,000 honorarium and is invited to deliver a lecture. The deadline is Dec. 19. Nomination details and more information is at: research.umich.edu/ovpr/recognition-programs/innovator.

 

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Jonathan Larson, student organizations supervisor, on volunteering: “I may not be able to give money but I can give sweat equity or my time.”

EVENTS

Stile Antico, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

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