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Open electronic consent process for the 2021 form W-2

University of Michigan employees may consent to receive an electronic version of your Form W-2 for fiscal year 2021 and for future years. Those who gave their consent to receive an electronic PDF copy of their 2020 Form W-2 do not need to take further action. Your 2021 Form W-2 will be available to view and print in early January. At that time a reminder email will be sent. Those who have not previously consented to receiving an electronic PDF copy of their Form W-2 can do so by visiting and searching for and opening the Payroll Tax Forms (W-2, W-4) link . Employees will be asked to give their consent. For employees who choose to receive their Form W-2 by mail, hard copies will be sent by January 31st. To ensure prompt delivery of tax forms by the US Postal Service, the employee's current address must be correct on U-M records. They can be updated online by going to and searching for and opening the Campus Personal Information link, then selecting Addresses.

Enrollment is now open for 2022 Kids Kare at Home

Enrollment is now open for Kids Kare at Home, a supportive child care service for the UM community. This service is for times when regular care is not available. For example, when a child needs to stay home due to illness, but the parent must be on campus or at work, a Kids Kare caregiver may be available to provide supportive care at home. To use the Kids Kare at Home program, faculty, staff, and students must first register online. Registration is free and there is no obligation to use the service. Register online

Community violence, opinions of police officers handle the carrying of firearms by young people

In an effort to reduce injuries and deaths from firearms, A UM research team is partnering with hospitals and communities to better understand what motivates young people to carry firearms. A new study led by Patrick Carter, co-director of the UM Institute for Firearms Injury Prevention, shows a strong correlation between carrying firearms, youth perceptions of police bias, and exposure to firearms. community violence. The study's findings, published recently in the journal Preventive Medicine, reveal that young people are more likely to carry a firearm if they have been exposed to a higher level of community violence. This association was found to be even stronger if the individual does not trust the police to protect him against such violence. This study is one of many community engagement projects led by the institute, which was launched last summer as part of a $ 10 million university commitment to generate new knowledge and promote innovative solutions to reduce firearm injuries while respecting the rights of law-abiding citizens. legally possess firearms. Read more about the study.

$ 1.5M study to explore human-centered engineering instruction

The way educators talk about engineering? influence who chooses to enter the field? A U-M research team is asking that question in a $ 1.5 million project funded by the National Science Foundation. Its aim is to examine how engineering is taught and how a greater focus on the human and social aspects in engineering education could support more diverse participation in the field and ultimately lead to better engineering solutions. Shanna Daly, associate professor of mechanical engineering and lead researcher on the project, said the engineering field's traditionally strict focus on mathematical and technical information may discourage engineers from considering how the solutions they design will affect people or how they might. damage the planet. for example. Daly said this is not the fault of individual engineers but of a system that teaches engineers that they can solve problems without acknowledging the cultures and contexts in which those solutions will be used. This narrow representation of engineering also tends to exclude women, minorities, and marginalized populations who want to solve big problems but who do not see themselves fitting into a field focused solely on technical information and mathematics.

2021-22 Faculty and Staff Salaries Report Now Available

UM Ann Arbor campus faculty salary increases for 2021-22 averaged 3, 6%, according to figures from the university's salary report, which was released on December 17. Salary increases for staff averaged 3.3%. Merit pay increases for executive officers averaged 2.5 percent. Merit increases for deans averaged 2.6 percent. The 2021-22 Faculty and Staff Salary Disclosure Report is available on the Human Resources website.

Graham Institute Names Next Round of Dow Sustainability Fellows

The Dow Sustainability Fellows program, administered by the Graham Sustainability Institute, will award more than $ 800,000 in tuition and project funding in 2022. The funds will support more than 40 outstanding graduate students from 12 UM schools and colleges, including two large, international student projects funded by the Dow Distinguished Awards. Each Dow Sustainability Fellow will receive a $ 20,000 stipend, along with supplemental project funding, sustainability professional development opportunities, and hands-on experience working in a team with an outside organizational partner. The two Distinguished Award teams will receive $ 40,000 to implement schematic designs at a self-managed housing site in Brazil and $ 20,000 to help advance urban policy analysis in Colombia, respectively. More information on fellows and a complete list of recipients.

Proposals sought for the CAI Pandemic Pedagogy Research Symposium

The Center for the Academic Innovation co-sponsors with Duke Learning Innovation and other university partners the Pandemic Research Symposium on Pedagogy 2022: From Innovation to Transformation. The one-day virtual event will be held on May 11 and will bring together researchers and instructors for presentations and discussions on the latest research and lessons learned from nearly two years of online and hybrid instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Early data and research suggest that these pandemic-born pedagogies and practices are generating positive outcomes, such as more inclusive and equitable learning experiences, better student-centered course design, and stronger assessment practices. The central question of the symposium is how to bring the innovative and creative teaching practices developed during the pandemic to a real transformation in higher education. Submissions on that topic are accepted until January 18 and may represent completed research or work in progress with preliminary findings. Presentations using innovative pedagogies, technologies and practices in person and online are encouraged. Read more about this symposium.

The Sports and Exercise Sciences Initiative is now part of the School of Kinesiology

The Exercise and Sports Sciences Initiative has moved to the School of Kinesiology to further expand and translate the innovative activity related to exercise and sport sciences at UM. ESSI's transition from its current headquarters in the Office of the Vice President for Research to its new headquarters in Kinesiology went into effect on January 1. ESSI is led by Ronald Zernicke, professor of kinesiology at the School of Kinesiology and professor of orthopedic surgery. and biomedical engineering at the Faculty of Medicine. It will continue to be a multidisciplinary unit with strong collaborations across campus, including with Michigan Athletics, the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Michigan Medicine, the School of Information, and the College of Engineering. As a result of this strategic move, the ESSI team will have greater access to a wide range of resources within Kinesiology, including labs, teachers, and students. Being integrated into the school will create a more sustainable funding environment to attract and retain faculty and staff at ESSI, while helping to strengthen connections with industry partners across the sports and exercise science landscape. Kinesiology faculty, students, and research will benefit from additional opportunities and collaborations created by the association.

$ 4 million to assist research to compare the effectiveness of NSAIDs and opioids

A new study led by UM researchers seeks to identify the safest and most effective prescribing strategy to relieve acute pain after a patient returns home after surgery. The CARES (Comparison of Efficacy and Safety of Pain Relief Regimen After Surgery) study will compare how well prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and opioid treatments relieve acute pain after surgery, the harms of each treatment option, and the effects of each treatment option on additional patients. postoperative results. The study has been approved for more than $ 4 million in funding from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The clinical trial will enroll 900 adults undergoing one of three common low-risk surgical procedures (gallbladder removal, inguinal hernia repair, and breast lumpectomy) in a randomized study to receive a regimen of NSAIDs plus acetaminophen or opioids. plus acetaminophen to control pain after your procedure.

From left, Life Sciences Institute professors Michael Cianfrocco, Melanie Ohi, Janet Smith, and Shyamal Mosalaganti will lead a new project to expand access to cryoelectronic tomography at U-M. (Photo by Rajani Arora, Institute of Life Sciences)

The $ 1.5 million award helps researchers see the inner workings of cells

The precise shapes of the proteins that work within our cells offer essential clues about the processes that drive health and disease. Structural biologists determine the shapes of molecular machines, in atomic detail, to better understand how they work or what happens when they malfunction. Now, with the Sample Preparation Award for Cellular Cryo-ET from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, UM researchers will open new windows to the cell, transforming the way biologists can view and learn from these structures at the atomic level. . The $ 1.5 million award supports the expansion of a cutting-edge structural biology technique called cryoelectronic tomography, or cryo-ET, at U-M. Read more about the study.

New Taubman College Faculty Fellowship supports research on pressing issues

The A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning has announced the inaugural recipients of its Pressing Matters grants. The new research incentive funding program will support work that advances the state of knowledge or practice in architecture, planning, urban design, and urban technology; addresses the social priorities of our time; and forges new interdisciplinary opportunities. A central criterion for the Pressing Matters grant program was relevance to one or more core disciplines of Taubman College and one or more of U-M's "big picture" multidisciplinary themes. Additionally, Pressing Matters grant applicants had to demonstrate that their project would activate cross-field collaboration within the university, with another UM unit, or with an external partner and demonstrate that their work would empower constituents to improve their quality of service. life. Another factor was the ability of the project to obtain external financing in the future and to take advantage of this award with financing, data, resources or capacities from other sources. Read more about grants and recipients

Michigan Auto Insurance Still High; racial disparities persist

Michigan's auto insurance reform law has contributed to an 18 percent drop in average premium costs between 2019 and 2020, the steepest decline in the year. country during that period, according to a new Poverty Solutions analysis at UM. However, Michigan still has the most expensive car insurance in the United States, and a 2019 law failed to reduce disparities in cost by race and geography. A new policy brief, "Building on Michigan's Auto Insurance Reform Law," offers recommendations to further lower premiums and address the unintended consequences of the reform that led some catastrophic accident victims to lose access. to medical care. The policy brief also includes recommendations on how to further reduce rates and ensure that Michigan's auto insurance system remains a barrier to economic mobility. Read more about this analysis.

Compiled by James Iseler, The University Record


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