October 23, 2020

Micro & Immuno News COVID-19 and More

Things are changing rapidly! Please check here often for updates.








GO OUTSIDE!  If you have not stepped outside today…please do…it is absolutely sunny and warm and gorgeous.  We all need that!

Brenda Franklin will be out till mid-November.  Hi all, I am sorry to say that Brenda’s recovery is going slower than anticipated and she is still so swollen that she cannot really do email either.  So she will be out for longer than thought, likely through mid-November.  Beth will continue to be in the office daily in her absence and Sheryl and Bonnie have stepped up to continue orders.  Stephanie Himpsl will continue to help with deliveries as well.  Keep Brenda in your thoughts as she recovers.

Shared Calendars:  Brenda did get her son to give me access to the sign up google calendars for all the common equipment, so I will be adding people to those until she returns.  Just a reminder that you actually have to sign up first on the calendar for the room…we can only have 2 people in the 6th floor common room at a time and one person in each flow room at a time (unless being trained by Ajay).  Sign up first for the room time, then second for the piece of equipment you want to use.  We are still hearing of people trying to use equipment without signing up.  This just can’t happen right now.  If you need access to a particular calendar for equipment or the room, send Beth an emaWe are putting together a google drive for the department that will house all the pertinent documents, etc.  If you have something you think it important to be stored in a departmental drive…send it to Beth or Sheryl.  Thanks to Ande Garretto for the idea and getting us started on it.  Heidi and Nicole are also collecting information to put there.


Today’s census for COVID-19 inpatients and those patients under investigation (PUI) are noted below: 
























* Data from 3/8 through 10/21. U-M campus testing stats reflect clinical care and surveillance conducted by University Health Service and Occupation Health. Michigan Medicine employees are not reflected in campus numbers.  Quarantine and Isolation Housing: Currently,149 in isolation housing due to positive test results, 168 in quarantine after exposure or while awaiting test results.

Utility work: The Catherine Street Utility Project will be installing pile driven earth retention within the current utility work area beginning on Monday, October 26th through Friday, October 30th. This is necessary to safely perform tunnel and piping repairs. You will notice loud noise during the pile driving activity, which may be disruptive for building occupants inside of Buhl, MBNI, THSL, and the south portion of Med Sci 2.


Did you miss the UMS presentation of a conversation with Trevor Noah?You can still watch a recording of the conversation on demand through Friday, October 30. Use the password vote2020 to access it.  This was a special event, presented in partnership with U-M’s Ford School of Public Policy and the Democracy and Debate theme semester. It comes highly recommended!

Sheryl Smith is our new Wellness advocate.  Many thanks to Sheryl Smith who has agreed to serve as the M&I Wellness advocate as part of the overall Michigan Medicine efforts to address this.

Mark your calendars now for these two great events.  The awarding of a PhD is one of the most important things we do in the department.  My hope is that everyone in the department, regardless of area of study would take time to celebrate Sukhmani for being awarded the MacNeal awardee and will log in for Katie’s defense as well!

Friday, October 30, 2020 at noon
MacNeal Awardee 2020
Sukhmani Bedi, Ph.D.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 12:15 pm
Public Defense
Katie Saund


Reminder to check out Joel’s creative side!  His video portraits and paintings will be on display during YpsiGLOW tonight and again on evenings during the next week. They are arranged in the windows of Ypsi Real, 106 West Michigan Ave in Ypsilanti, near the corner of Huron Ave and Michigan Ave. You can see them from the sidewalk. YpsiGLOW will not offer their usual parade or crowd-inducing activities this year, but they will feature twenty other window exhibits and displays by area artists. If your schedule (or the rain) prevents you from visiting YpsiGLOW tonigh, consider stopping by Joel’s exhibit some evening before October 31st. If you can't do that, you might check out the Swanson Vital Arts website.

Training grant for microbial drivers of cancer: The Richard G. Hankett Memorial Grant Foundation is open for applications to their 2021 grant! The RGHG Foundation is a crowd-funded research grant started by 4 UM alumni, supporting university level multidisciplinary scientific studies on viral and bacterial infection-induced cancers. We are excited to offer approximately $13,500-14,000 to support academic research projects. We welcome graduate student and postdoctoral scientists from chemistry, pharmacology, biochemistry, engineering, biology, and any related disciplines to apply for the 2021 grant. Applications for the Fall 2021 grant are due by April 1, 2021. Learn more https://www.rghgrant.org/




October 12, 2020

COVID news: In the last 14 days, 114 UM tests have been positive out of 7825-a positivity rate of about 1.5%  Of these, 89 positive tests are students out of 5361 performed (1.6%+) and non-student rates were 25 out of 2464 tests (1%+ rate).  You can follow trends here: https://campusblueprint.umich.edu/dashboard/  Also, the campus testing platform is changing to a saliva-based platform.


No Thursday seminar this week


Don’t miss Danelle’s defense: Friday, October 16th  Investigating the Contribution of Iron Acquisition to Serratia marcescens Pathogenesis during Bacteremia

Presenter: Danelle Weakland, Ph.D. Candidate (Mobley Lab)  Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM     More info here  Join via Zoom: https://umich-health.zoom.us/j/97901642629


Friday’s 812 seminar is Hui Liu (Cascalho lab) and Amanpreet Kaur (Raghavan lab).  Here is zoom link:



There is also a DEI-related seminar for Internal Medicine grand rounds this Friday at noon: "The Benefits of Inclusive, Diverse Teams" by Scott E. Page, PhD.  These do get recorded and you could check for it in the future here


Webinar ID: 956 0681 7599

    Password: 546867



October 6, 2020


Today’s census for COVID-19 inpatients and those patients under investigation (PUI) are noted below: 













COVID-19 Patient Percent Positivity (7 day moving average)

Symptomatic testing: 2.51%

Asymptomatic testing: 0.27%







* Data from 3/8 through 10/5. U-M campus testing stats reflect clinical care and surveillance conducted by University Health Service and Occupation Health. Michigan Medicine employees are not reflected in campus numbers.


Quarantine and Isolation Housing: Currently,29 in isolation housing due to positive test results, 71 in quarantine after exposure or while awaiting test results.


PROTOCOLS FOR EMPLOYEES WHO TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 When a workforce member tests positive for COVID-19, certain steps must be taken by the workforce member and their supervisor to ensure that potentially exposed individuals are notified. Contact tracing for workforce members who test positive for COVID-19 is facilitated by Infection Prevention & Epidemiology. As a reminder, any workforce member who tests positive for COVID-19 outside of Occupational Health Services/Michigan Medicine must contact OHS at (734) 764-8021 to report their results. Additional information can be found at by clicking here.


NO CHANGES TO SAFETY PROTOCOLS In light of the recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling on the governor’s emergency powers during COVID-19, Michigan Medicine is not making any changes to existing safety protocols that were instituted during the pandemic. Safety precautions, such as masking and social distancing, were implemented due to scientific evidence and will continue as required behaviors while on the Michigan Medicine campus and remote locations


Thursday seminars:  This Thursday is the Neidhardt-Freter Symposia from 12-2 and it has a special log in: https://umich-health.zoom.us/j/96622582593?pwd=WTZXUytiVmRURnFRUkg5WlRQYjgwdz09

Seminar Notice


All future Thursday seminars will have the following link: https://umich-health.zoom.us/j/97316707726?pwd=NmtGU1NkQTJUdVpQNnlDVXQ2RmJoZz09

I am working on getting live captioning but zoom only offers this through 3rd party applications, which have a cost associated with them.  I am working on the approvals and the budget to cover this so stay tuned.


Welcome Mike BachmanMike Bachman’s formal joint appointment to the M&I department has been approved!  Welcome Mike!  We are thrilled to call you one of our own!


Nobel Prize announcements: Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice were jointly honored for their decisive contribution to the fight against blood-borne hepatitis, a major global health problem in the 2020 Nobel Prize in Medicine!  Virology continues to be strongly represented in the nobel laureates! See here.  The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded for discoveries about black holes, with one half going to Roger Penrose and the other half jointly to Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez.


There is a seminar offered to employees on the 5 mistakes employees make regarding retirement accounts.  It is free on Oct. 20th at noon, but you must register here: https://www.provizr.com/webinar


SafeRide is a free service that transports students, faculty, and staff to their residence or vehicle within a one-mile radius of campus. Riders may use this service once per evening and must present a valid U-M ID (Mcard). During Fall and Winter terms, this service is available daily from 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. An employee from U-M Transit Services will come to your campus location and drive you to your requested location (within a one-mile driving radius of Central and North campuses). During non-service hours, alternative service providers may be identified by UMPD.

To request a ride,

·         During Fall and Winter terms, you may request a ride through the TapRide mobile application. Download for Android or for iTunes. Select “University of Michigan SafeRide” from with the app. Login with your UMICH username and password to request a ride and view estimated wait times.

·         OR you may request a ride on the TapRide site.

·         If you do not have mobile app/computer access, you may call (734) 647-8000, and select Option 1.


In addition, AAATA offers NightRide, a service available for trips outside of service hours-especially for route 4. Here is a link providing more information  https://www.theride.org/services/holiday-late-night-service.


Life as a New Faculty Member:  See our own Teresa O’Meara talk about this topic in the OGPS Faculty Corner!

October 9 @ 2:00 pm Zoom ID (passcode): 991 7718 5675 (271645) Register



President Mark S. Schlissel and Provost Susan M. Collins invite you to the Campus Weekly COVID-19 Briefing, where campus leaders will provide updates and information about campus conditions and responses to the U-M community. The next briefing will be Friday, October 9, 2020 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The weekly briefing will be recorded and shared for those who can't attend. Participation will be limited to 20,000 U-M students, faculty and staff. All participants will be required to install and log in to the Zoom app using U-M credentials.

Community members are invited to submit questions or topics for discussion. The below form will be available to submit questions before and during the live event.

Submit a question

Join on Zoom


The Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program is a unique yearlong, part-time leadership development program designed to increase the numbers of women faculty in senior leadership positions, as executives, and as change agents in schools of medicine, dentistry, public health and pharmacy.  ELAM, administered by the Drexel University College of Medicine, will host a virtual open house at 8 p.m. on Oct. 26. This event will serve to answer any questions about ELAM’s application process, requirements for applicants and expectations for fellows, and any other questions from potential applicants or those seeking to nominate someone. You can register for the event HERE. More information on ELAM can be found HERE.  Please reach out to Beth if interested in being nominated for this program.


DAILY COVID-19 PATIENT STATS—we are starting to see an uptick.

Today’s census for COVID-19 inpatients and those patients under investigation (PUI) are noted below: 




















More COVID-19 related campus information available at: https://campusblueprint.umich.edu/dashboard/


COVID-19 research metrics Researchers to date who have displayed symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19 (May 21 - September 29): 9 (8 Ann Arbor, 1 Dearborn);  Zero researchers tested positive for COVID-19 within the past seven days. There is no indication of any virus transmission between laboratory or research coworkers (which includes testing of asymptomatic coworkers).  Researchers to date who have displayed symptoms (or were tested as part of contact tracing of asymptomatic individuals in the lab) and tested negative for COVID-19 (May 21 - September 29): 23



Occupational Health Services has added several new flu clinic dates and locations through the month of October, including this Saturday (Oct. 3) at OHS (3rd floor, Med Inn) and two Sunday drive-thru clinics (Oct. 11 and 25) at the 2705 S. Industrial building. Employees can sign up for these, and other clinics, by clicking here.


Some good news!: State higher education budget holds U-M funding steady

State funding for U-M will remain stable under the 2020-21 budget that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Wednesday. The Ann Arbor campus will receive $322.9 million, UM-Dearborn $26.3 million, and UM-Flint $24 million, easing concerns about further pandemic-related state financial impacts on the current year.


Host Defense Journal Club:  While many folks initially expressed interest in creating a host-defense journal club, there were just not enough people interested in actually presenting to make it feasible to move forward right now as a separate event.  Instead, what we will do is ask that whenever people are presenting a paper related to host defense in either the bacterial pathogenesis, virology or immunology journal clubs, we will try to advertise it in advance via NYCU.  Once we get back to normal, we can revisit the interest in this event.


The next Immunology Journal Club  on October 6th from 1-2 pm will feature Jazib Uddin (Hogan Lab), who will virtually present the attached paper,  "Transcriptional and Functional Analysis of CD1c+Human Dendritic Cells Identifies a CD163+ Subset Priming CD8+CD103+ T Cells". Please access the paper via hyperlink.  Zoom Details: https://umich-health.zoom.us/j/94468710135  Passcode: 939393


Expansion of laboratory density to 60 percent: Beginning October 5th, research laboratories may increase to 60 percent density if social distancing and at least 144 square feet per person can be maintained on any given shift. You can check the signs outside your laboratory for your allowed number of people, or you can check here: https://research.medicine.umich.edu/wet-lab-density-mi-safe-start-plan. Open the pdf at the top of the page to see how many personnel are allowed in your space.  As you bring in new personnel that need building access, please fill out this link: https://umichumhs.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3WdpMSFFv5RzLi5.  This will provide UMID card access in about 48 h.


Expansion of in-person undergraduate research activity: Beginning October 12th, all undergraduate students (not just seniors) will be eligible to participate in in-person research and scholarship. To request building access for the undergraduates please use this link https://umichumhs.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3WdpMSFFv5RzLi5 . Please note that undergraduate students are subject to the same building capacity limits as other researchers and must complete the MyLINC training for COVID-19: Working Safely in U-M Research Areas or Responsibilities in Conducting Human Research During COVID-19 to return to on-campus research.  If you are going to allow an undergraduate to work in your laboratory, you need to have a strict conversation with them about their safety precautions and behaviors outside the lab to limit COVID exposure since they can put the rest of the department at risk.  Any student that you deem to be acting irresponsibly should be denied the privilege of working in our labs.


The Medical Science Building 2 (Med Sci 2) Elevators #5 and #6 will temporarily be out of service to perform safety test according to the schedule below:

  • 10/6 - 7:00AM - 9:00AM - Elevator #6 (Pink)
  • 10/7 - 7:00AM - 9:00AM - Elevator #5 (Green)

During this time, please use stairs or adjacent elevators.



Expanded training course required for all researchers  Employees and students engaged in research and scholarship across the three U-M campuses are required to complete an expanded training course that outlines important guidance about responsible conduct in research and scholarship. The updated Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship training course, which is designed to meet expanded federal requirements, is available through My LINC and must be completed by June 30, 2021. Learn more about RCRS training, and if you have any further questions, please contact UMOR.RCRS@umich.edu.


Beth and Adam will take part in a webinar designed to raise awareness of how basic science research is helping to fight COVID-19.  This is aimed at community education and hopefully establishing philanthropic connections for basic science.

Well Aware with Michigan Medicine

A series of community discussions to keep you informed

Uncovering the Science Behind COVID-19 Treatments and Vaccines  

Join us for the October Well Aware webinar, where our experts will discuss the discovery science behind the race for treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19. 

Thursday, October 8, 2020 1:00 p.m. EDT

 This virtual event will be hosted on Zoom.
Please register and submit questions in advance using the link below by October 5.
Registered attendees will receive details about accessing the discussion the morning of the event.


Kelly Malcom
Lead Research Communicator
Michigan Medicine Department of Communication

Adam S. Lauring, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Co-Director, Michigan Center for Infectious Disease Threats

Bethany Moore, Ph.D. Galen B. Toews, M.D., Collegiate Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Interim Chair and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Professor of Internal Medicine

Jonathan Sexton, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Director, U-M Center for Drug Repurposing

John R. Traynor, Ph.D. Edward F. Domino Research Professor of Pharmacology
Associate Chair for Research, Department of Pharmacology
Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy


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DEI read for the day:

President Mark Schlissel and Provost Susan Collins issued a statement on September 26 regarding a recent executive order issued by the White House.  The main message: The University of Michigan is committed to creating a culture that reinforces the values of diversity, equity and inclusion so that all members of our community feel valued and can thrive. To reach that goal we must be willing to acknowledge and commit to dismantle those structures that contribute to racial inequality 

October 1, 2020


September 28, 2020

Don’t forget it is #Black in Microbiology weekhttps://blackinmicrobiology.org/

Here are the zoom links for the time slots (but please register at the website too!)

Black in Microbiology Zoom Webinar information

12 PM EST, Block Webinar Meeting #: 925 2442 3565
4 PM EST, Block Webinar Meeting #: 976 3434 0965
6 PM EST, Block Webinar Meeting #: 956 7615 1984

Password: bim2020

See this great article in NY Times featuring a UMich post-doc, Dr. Kozik!  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/28/science/black-microbiology-week.html


COVID-19 update in the hospital:  So far so good, only 11 current inpatients:


Here is a link for more information about the proposed Michigan Medicine VPN project that we filled out a survey for: https://hits.medicine.umich.edu/projects/michigan-medicine-vpn-project  This deals with Michigan medicine VPN changes, not university wide ones. 

September 22, 2020

Bacterial Pathogenesis Journal Club starting back up:  See attached schedule.  There are open slots.


NEW!!! Link to M&I shared google calendar where you can find seminars, zoom links etc…Send any information you want added to Beth Moore or Sheryl Smith:https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0?cid=Y19xcnQ5bGFkdWVqOWdqNDhlZnYzdHRjZzJjNEBncm91cC5jYWxlbmRhci5nb29nbGUuY29t



Can you share some of the past links just one more time?  Be watching for these to be on the M&I webpage under Resources soon


Link to M&I Methods Class and Folder: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-FbWhxKXyZtgNgheEmKc65nL-ub-wXob?usp=sharing

Link to compliance concerns: https://compliance.umich.edu/report-a-concern/

Anonymous reporting and Feedback form for M&I:


M&I student handbook: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1c5EzW_sjJGP3UDRZFBL9frrDXJ2fkwg4/view?usp=sharing


Free virtual tutoring for kids of UM employees 

The Department of Child and Family Life-Hospital School Program has a long-standing partnership with the University of Michigan student organization, “Opportunities to Educate Children” (OEC) to provide free virtual tutoring for the school aged children of Michigan Medicine employees.  The tutoring must be parent/caregiver initiated.  To request a tutor, please scan the QR code in the attachment or click this link to the virtual tutor request form.    Contact the OEC leadership team (oec.hospital@umich.edu) with any tutor-related questions, or click here to learn more. 

September 18, 2020

The main office is open today till 3 pm if anyone needs anything.


COVID update.  Campus info: Last 14 days has seen 3716 total test performed with 65 positive cases for a positivity rate of 1.7%

Hospital Info: As of September 17, 1:00 pm

·         Total patients tested for COVID-19 at Michigan Medicine since the pandemic began (includes pending tests): 56,637

·         Total positive tests: 1,860

·         Current inpatients that are COVID-19 positive: 11

·         Total COVID-19 patients discharged to date: 735

·         COVID-19 patients discharged in the last 24 hours: 3

Employee Data

·         Total Michigan Medicine employees tested for COVID-19 since March 5, 2020: 7,420

·         Total tests: 10,358

·         Total positive tests: 514

·         Total discharges of Michigan Medicine employees hospitalized for COVID-19: 19


Methods Class Big Success:  Thanks to Lisa Abernathy Close who provided a great introduction to flow cytometry yesterday.  Please help us create a department resource for each topic - send  Nicole Koropatkin information or upload your favorite protocol or article on these topics  in the folder you can find here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-FbWhxKXyZtgNgheEmKc65nL-ub-wXob?usp=sharing


Flow Cytometry Core resumes training.  Now that you know all about the theory of flow, you can sign up for the next training session on Sept 25 at 11 AM.  In order to schedule a training session, email David Adams (davadams@med.umich.edu) with the request and include the following information:

  • Whether you have previously attended the mandatory lecture or need to schedule a session. We will, of course, verify the information, but providing the information upfront minimizes prep time.
  • Which location (MSRB2, NCRC, or BSRB) and which instrument you wish to be trained on.
  • Which instrument(s) you have previously been trained on by U-M BRCF Flow Core staff.


GEO votes to accept university’s offer, end strike

Members of the Graduate Employee’s Organization voted Wednesday night to accept the university’s latest offer regarding issues of mutual concern and end their strike that began Sept. 8. GEO represents about 2,000 graduate student instructors and graduate student staff assistants at U-M’s three campuses. 


Big Ten announces return of football starting Oct. 23-24

The Big Ten Conference on Wednesday announced the return of the 2020 football season this fall. Games will begin starting the weekend of Oct. 23-24. U-M will not have fans at home athletic events. The eight-game schedule for all Big Ten schools will be set in the near future and announced by the conference.

The NIAID Scientific Review Program (SRP) is seeking Scientific Review Officers (SROs). Individuals who are interested in learning more about SRO opportunities at NIAID may:

•   Send your CV or resume to Louis Rosenthal ([louis.rosenthal@nih.gov]louis.rosenthal@nih.gov).

•   Check Health Science Administrator USAJob's open announcements at https://www.usajobs.gov/ from 9/21/20 through 9/30/20.


Input sought on M&I chair search:  Please consider providing input on the M&I chair search using the following link:  Qualtrics Survey   The search committee is also offering people the chance to meet with them directly to provide feedback in 10 minute increments.  The times available are:

Wednesday, September 23: 9:00-10:00am 

Thursday, September 24: 10:00-11:00am 

Friday, September 25: 9:00am-10:00am 

Sign up link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E4DA5AB2BA0FC1-stakeholder

To manage the timeslots, they will be utilizing the wait-room feature on Zoom and you will be let into the meeting when it’s your turn. The below Zoom information will be used for all stakeholder meetings:


Join Zoom Meeting: https://umich-health.zoom.us/j/4764706332?pwd=Wml6elF5WGpFSzI5N1lKc1BCcjVOUT09 

Meeting ID: 476 470 6332

Passcode: MICRO


This is your best opportunity to provide input on the process and what we want in the next chair.  I would like to encourage robust input and applications!  All it takes is a CV and a 2 page letter of interest. Spread the word and apply by Oct. 7th using Interfolio: apply.interfolio.com/78251



DEI Note of the Day.  M&I has sponsored the “Black in Microbiology” event that is upcoming.  See the attached flyer and spread the word!  Looks like a great lineup!

September 14, 2020

COVID update: In the past 14 days (as of 9/6), we have tested 2462 students and 853 non-students.  13 students and 15 non-students have tested positive for rates below 2%.

As of September 11, 1:00 pm

·         Total patients tested for COVID-19 at Michigan Medicine since the pandemic began (includes pending tests): 52,821

·         Total positive tests: 1,809

·         Current inpatients that are COVID-19 positive: 12

·         Total COVID-19 patients discharged to date: 722


Employee Data

·         Total Michigan Medicine employees tested for COVID-19 since March 5, 2020: 7,163

·         Total tests: 9,932

·         Total positive tests: 506

·         Total discharges of Michigan Medicine employees hospitalized for COVID-19: 19


Still looking for volunteers for the Monthly Host Defense Journal Club.  Email Beth

Available dates for a 1 pm start: 9/22, 11/17, 12/15 to start.


A anecdote from one of our departmental members who thought it might be appropriate to share as faculty are considering the Faculty Senate votes:

“My son started as a freshman at University of Wisconsin Madison the end of August. Wisconsin strongly encouraged incoming students to obtain a COVID test prior to arriving but they compelled a COVID test on move in day.  Wisconsin also compelled  testing all students (regardless of symptoms) every 12-14 days. Wisconsin has clear social distancing guidelines for move in day, and how to stay compliant on campus during the Pandemic. They provided each student with masks and hand sanitizer on move in. 

My son did obtain a test prior to arriving to College which was negative and a negative test on move in day (results <72h). On day +12 he received his protocol test-coincidently he developed a low grade temp of 98.5 and some mild chills. His symptoms abated within 12-18hrs but his COVID test which resulted < 24hs came back positive. He was moved to an isolation dorm where he must stay for 10days. He has been fine 4 days into his quarantine.

We know a freshman (who lives in Wisconsin) who just started at Michigan. When I spoke with him last week and discussed comparing Michigan to Wisconsin, we felt that Michigan is under testing. Michigan required a test before arrival, but no test on move in day and no protocol tests for students regardless of symptoms. In fact, if one goes by the responsiblue protocol ,my son would not have reached symptomatic criteria for testing. His temp never reached >100. My bet would be had my son been at Michigan, he would never had sought a test given how mild and rapidly his symptoms would have abated. The concern here is a student at Michigan in the same scenario as my son would likely be left in the general community to spread the virus. 

I saw the UM President sent an email last week about how Michigan’s positivity rate for COVID is lower than peer institutions. This may reflect the true scenario but Im concerned that this is not the case because Michigan is testing less than peer institutions. I see on the faculty senate agenda Michigan is planning to randomly tests students regardless of symptoms, but this should have been in place at Day 1”


Rackham is holding a the State of the Graduate School Zoom webinar TODAY.. These efforts address the following topics: Graduate Student Mental Health, Anti-Racism Goals and Initiatives, Plans for Extended Time to Degree.  Click on blue link to get information.


New paydates over holidays: This is advance notice that the university will be moving the December monthly pay date to the last workday of the month, starting with this calendar year, which will align with the other monthly pay dates.  Therefore, monthly employees will receive their December 2020 pay on Thursday, 12/31/20, which is also a biweekly pay date.  While we do understand that many monthly employees enjoy receiving their pay early in December due to the holidays, we also receive complaints every year since the next monthly pay isn't received until 5 to 6 weeks later at the end of January.



Join us for the new methods class!

Please provide a live audience for our volunteer instructors and join me on Thursdays at 4 pm!!

Zoom link: https://umich-health.zoom.us/j/96983978150?pwd=Q2VDM1JrTkI3S3VRdVk1L29sMU5mdz09






Sept 17th

Flow Cytometry

Lisa Abernathy Close

Sept 24th


Caitlyn Holmes

Oct 1st

Distinguishing between presence and infectivity of SARS-CoV-2

Christiane Wobus

Oct 8th

Mouse models

Helen Rich

Oct 15th

LC-MS/MS and MALDI for small molecules and proteins

Krista Armbruster & Matt Ostrowski

Oct 22nd

Light Microscopy

Joel Swanson

Oct 29th

Pathology/histology (and preparation at UM)

Kate Eaton

Nov 5th

Systems Biology modeling of viral and bacterial infections

Denise Kirschner

Nov 12th

Culturing basics/non-mammalian infectivity models

Amanda Starr

Nov 19th

Basic cloning

Laura Mike

Dec 3rd

Making gene knock outs in bacteria

Laura Mike

Wed Dec 9th

qPCR and RNAseq

Arwen Frick-Cheng

Dec 10th

TnSeq and functional screening

Ally Shea

Dec 17th

whole genome sequencing

Joyce Wang



The Life Sciences Institute will host the virtual 2020 Saltiel Life Sciences Symposium, "Broadening the Biosciences: Exploring diverse approaches to biological and biomedical research" on Tuesday, September 29 and Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

This year's event will be hosted on Zoom. Please visit the 2020 Saltiel Life Sciences Symposium web page see the full schedule (also listed below) and to register for the


Tuesday, September 29

·         2:00 p.m. | Welcome

Talk Session 1: Human Adaptation and Evolution

·         2:10 p.m. | Mary Sue and Kenneth Coleman Life Sciences Lecture — Genomic evolution and adaptation in Africa: Implications for health and disease Sarah A. Tishkoff, Ph.D.
David and Lyn Silfen University Professor, Departments of Genetics and Biology; Director, Center for Global Genomics & Health Equity, Department of Genetics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Talk Session 2: Social Biomimicry

·         3:10 p.m. | Towards living robots: Using biology to make better machines (full lecture)
Barry A. Trimmer, Ph.D. 
Henry Bromfield Pearson Professor of Natural Sciences; Director, Neuromechanics and Biomimetic Devices Laboratory, Tufts University

·         4:05 p.m| How the physics of slithering can teach multilegged robots to walk (short talk)
Shai Revzen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan

·         4:25 p.m. | What wasps can teach us about the evolution of animal minds (full lecture)
Elizabeth Tibbetts, Ph.D.
Professor, Associate Chair for Research and Facilities, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan

·         5:20 p.m. | Day 1 Closing Remarks

Wednesday, September 30

·         9:00 a.m. | Welcome

Talk Session 3: Biological Control of Disease Vectors

·         9:05 a.m. | Breaking up Anopheles-Plasmodium interactions for malaria control (full lecture)
Flaminia Catteruccia, Ph.D.
Professor, Immunology and Infectious Disease, Harvard University

·         10:00 a.m. | Cryopreservation of multicellular animals: Lessons from extreme insects (short talk)
Nicholas Teets, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky

·         10:20 a.m. | Break

·         10:35 a.m. | Transgenic fungi for mosquito control (full lecture)
Raymond St. Leger, Ph.D.
Professor, Entomology, University of Maryland

·         11:30 a.m. | Recombination versus mutation as the fuel for rapid evolution across the fungal tree of life (short talk)
Timothy James, Ph.D.
Lewis E. Wehmeyer and Elaine Prince Wehmeyer Professor in the Taxonomy of Fungi, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan

·         11:50 a.m. | Building a moving wall: Maintaining cell wall polarity during tip growth (short talk)
Cora MacAlister, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan 

·         12:10 p.m. | Closing remarks 


An updated calendar for the CMB 630 Microscopy class is also attached.




Building Notice

September 11, 2020


Med Sci 2

Supply Air Shutdown       


There will be a scheduled shut down of the supply air to specified areas in the Medical Science 2 Building on Monday, September 14th from 12:00AM - 5:00AM in the following rooms:


Affected Rooms:

2822 | 28V06 | 2629D | 2813A | 2717B | 28V02 | 27C12 | 2734 | 26E02 | 2706J | 2727C | 27C11 | 27C10 | 26C01 | 26E01 | 28E01 | 2717 | 27C01 | 2800T | 2614E | 2805 | 2629E | 2812M | 2738M | 3713 | 3767B | 3767F | 38V06 | 38V02 | 37S05 | 37C01 | 3767C | 3803E | 37C03 | 37002J | 3767 | 38E01 | 3767G | 3713A | 3689 | 37V05 | 3737B | 3765 | 3715 | 3767H | 3767D | 3797B | 3733 | 36C03 | 36C02 | 36V07 | 3767A | 37C04 | 3725C | 3767E | 3693 | 38V04 | 36C04 | 3691 | 3767I | 3713B | 3797A | 3797


During shutdowns, the general building cooling will be affected, fume hoods may go into alarm and temperatures may fluctuate and all laboratory work should cease.


What about 812 and the GEO strike? Many of you are aware that the Graduate Student Instructors are on strike this week.  Information on the strike and GEO issues can be found here: https://www.geo3550.org/  Departments have been asked to continue to provide instruction to the best of their ability throughout the GEO strike. We understand some students may choose not to attend or present depending on the strike.  For now, we will plan to hold 812 on Fridays as per usual unless we are notified of a cancellation by the scheduled presenter for that particular week.


You must use your @umich.edu gmail account for the HITS survey.  If you have trouble filling out the HITS survey...this may be why. Google Mail and Calendar are disabled for Michigan Medicine employees by default. You can request an override with this form: https://umich.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2gZvCKv5SRDmMbb. Basically, you're attesting that you won't use private health information with Google. If you need help, you can also contact Dan St. Pierre (dstpierr@med.umich.edu). Once that is done, please fill out the survey.  You may not know what things use the VPN network or not...just list the programs you normally use…likely Taubman pubmed, Mbox, Canvas, eresearch..anything that uses 2 factor authentication as well.  It may be useful just to submit comments in the freeform box at the end if you like as well.  Here is the survey link again: HITS Surveyhttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZzurVE7qgx5r71OPDjUylBSr8sd6nfNTcq_uRLpg98XkqSA/viewform


The AstraZeneca trial is currently on hold.  The UM launch of the COVID-19 vaccine trial is on hold due to an adverse event: https://www.statnews.com/2020/09/08/astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine-study-put-on-hold-due-to-suspected-adverse-reaction-in-participant-in-the-u-k/  Enrollment in the trial here is halted till further notice. 


COVID compliance concerns.  If you notice someone not wearing a mask or disregarding the COVID-19 safety rules, please report it to this site:https://compliance.umich.edu/report-a-concern/


M&I Anonymous Reporting Form now available: In response to the climate survey, one request was for an electronic form to provide feedback or report concerns regarding the M&I department in an anonymous way.  I have now created a google form that can be used to report issues.  It does not track the email address it comes from.  If you want to be contacted regarding your issue, please put your information in the last question.  Once you submit the form it generates an email to Beth Moore, but the sender is anonymous.  You can find the reporting form here:



Walls Professorship Thank You!  I am incredibly humbled to be named the inaugural Nancy Williams Walls Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and to move my primary appointment to M&I.  Dr. Walls was truly a remarkable scientist and first female chair of a department at Georgia Tech. If you don’t know her history, an interesting biography about her was shared with me today: https://lsa.umich.edu/eeb/news-events/all-news/archived-news/2013/04/in-memoriam--alumna-dr--nancy-walls--a-lifetime-of-adventure-and.html  I love that she donated this professorship to honor "the most wonderful teacher I ever had" who taught Introduction to Microbiology when she was a doctoral student.  I am especially grateful to the past and present members of the search committee for their efforts, and most especially am honored to have been considered along with colleagues Malini Raghavan and Kathy Collins whom I greatly admire.  I hope that I will be able to use the professorship well, both for my research and to support departmental needs in line with Dr. Walls wishes.  She is quite a legacy to live up too!  Many, many thanks!


CMB/HumGen 630 – Fall 2020 Short Course


“Seeing is Believing: Advancing Research with Scientific Microscopy”

Seminars are open to the University Community

September 16th, 2020

Introductory Lecture, Dr. Melanie Ohi

Associate Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology and Life Science Institute, University of Michigan

“Seeing is Believing: The Power of Microscopy in the Biological Sciences”


Seminar: 9:30 am           Link: https://bluejeans.com/791630062


September 23rd, 2020

Dr. Margaret Gardel

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Chicago

“Biophysical Control of Epithelial Architecture and Dynamics”

CMB Student Host: Shahana Chumki


Seminar:  3:15 pm          Link: https://bluejeans.com/307078354


October 6th, 2020

Dr. Edward Boyden

Professor, Department of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT

“Tools for Analyzing and Controlling Biological Systems”

CMB Student Host: Sylvia Emly and Hannah Bell


Seminar: 3:00 pm           Link: https://bluejeans.com/966346744


October 29th, 2020

Dr. Julie Canman

Associate Professor of Pathology & Cell Biology, Columbia University


CMB Student Host: Gabe Manske


Seminar: 3:00 pm           Link: https://bluejeans.com/467324338


November 13th, 2020

Dr. Michael Angelo

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Stanford University

“Linking Single Cell Function to Tissue Structure in Human Health and Disease

with Multiplexed Ion Beam Imaging

CMB Student Host: Elizabeth Gensterblum-Miller


Seminar: 3:00 pm           Link: https://bluejeans.com/254475047


This lecture series can be registered for as CMB 630 or through Human Genetics (contact Molly Martin – mollymu) for course permission. Registration is not required to attend seminars.  Please direct questions to student hosts. 


Student Hosts: Shahana Chumki (scahmed), Sylvia Emly (semly) Hannah Bell (habell)

Elizabeth Gensterblum-Miller (gensterb), Gabe Manske (glmanske).

Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Melanie Ohi (mohi)


For persons interested in grants on health equity:


Panel Discussion: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation(RWJF) Grant Recipients Share Insights with Faculty

The Office of University Development Foundation Relations will host a two-part virtual workshop for U-M faculty about the Robert Wood Johnson Foundationon:       Wednesday, October 28, from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.      You can register here.

Part One                                           1:00 – 1:30 PMPeer Advisory Panel Discussion: For faculty interested in learning more about the RWJF.The panel will feature RWJF grant recipients who will talk about their work and share experiences, and insights.

Frederick Korley M.D. PhD - Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Michigan Medicine*Dr. Korley received a RWJF grant for his work investigating the role of neuronal injury in the development of persistent post-concussive symptoms in mild traumatic brain injury.

Amy Pienta PhD Associate Research Scientist, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research.*Dr. Pienta received three RWJF grants for her work on increasing the RWJF’s Health and Medical Care Archive’s capacity to collect, disseminate, and make data widely available

Q&A session(Please email questions for Q&A session to: Donna Lartigue)

Part Two                                            1:35 – 2:00 PM Brief Presentation: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health

Funding Opp announced:  April 2020, Application deadline:  Open.  The Foundation is interested in applications that can help to influence health equity in the future.

September 9, 2020

Happy 20-21 School Year…Lots of info today…read on….

Ante-Rooms in Office Areas now can be designated as Break Rooms and staff can use them to eat and drink provided they follow 6 foot distancing rules and clean after use.  Brenda has provided cleaning wipes to all labs that can be use for this purpose.  I attach the following sign that can be printed and placed on these doors in your areas.


The American Association for Dental Research has provided information about supporting the Research Investment to Secure the Economy Act (RISE Act) which is a bipartisan bill that would authorize $26 billion in support to U.S. researchers who have been impacted by the pandemic.  For more information on the act and how you can take action, see here: http://www.magnetmail.net/actions/email_web_version.cfm?ep=7IfrE4-vArriGYqvtW8YPqOqmAtQqureo-lqB-dzjjdy_dHf5IrRr7sD4eYscWwbGo5RhYeTzfDtmRYqjzwynxMAVM96EmRaCDyQKx7FB3_ymi4wQIB7_2p1PoaQSo7b


A list of some of the religious holidays in 2020-2021 can be found at http://www.provost.umich.edu/calendar/religious_holidays20-21.html.  Please be considerate about these when scheduling exams and other meetings.


New program to help us get to know each other: One of the things that came out in the Climate Survey was a desire for the departmental members to get to know each other better.  One thing we will do is feature a highlight about someone in the department in the NYCU.  Heidi has kindly agreed to reach out to people to collect information.  You can also send Heidi a picture and a short blurb about yourself..then watch this space to get to know your fellow colleagues.  Check out the post about Danelle Weakland at the end today…we want to be sure and highlight her before she graduates!  We want to see broad participation..share what you like, but please to participate when Heidi reaches out!  I will also be scheduling a few social hours on zoom..so stay tuned!


Host-Defense Journal Club:  One of the suggestions that came from student meetings was to host a virtual journal club focused on host defense.  This should be an opportunity to talk about immunity related to pathogens!  Something for everyone!  This will occur monthly for now.  I am looking for volunteers willing to choose a paper (and I have a few great suggestions).  It can be a classic or new paper and can relate to your favorite pathogen.  The dates will be Tuesdays at 1 pm on weeks that don’t conflict with IMM JC or holiday weeks.  If you can present on 9/22, 10/27, 11/17, 12/155, 1/26, 2/23, 3/23, 4/27 or 5/25, please let me know (bmoore@umich.edu).  I will try to get a schedule posted asap.  This is a great “teaching opportunity” as it offers the chance to give some didactic background about the pathogen and/or the immune cells involved and we can provide “teaching evals” for anyone interested.  Folks from the immunology program are also welcome to sign up to present.


HITS is doing a survey to better understand how we are working remotely and using IT resources. If you could fill out the survey below, they would appreciate it. Surveyhttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZzurVE7qgx5r71OPDjUylBSr8sd6nfNTcq_uRLpg98XkqSA/viewform


M&I Undergraduate Research Symposium coming up next week on Tuesday September 15th from 2:30pm-4:30! It will be on Zoom at this link: https://umich-health.zoom.us/j/91492872873. We have eight great speakers lined up!


Clarification about overtime eligibility (a question that came up in the Staff climate survey): If you read the comments from the staff climate survey, it was noted that some research staff feel faculty expectations around productivity and work hours are unreasonable and asked for clarifications about overtime rules that I provide from HR below.  However, having said that, it is important to remember that not all research staff have the same goals and faculty expectations and assumptions may vary, in part, depending on those goals.  So there is a clear need for staff and PIs to have candid conversations about expectations and norms in particular labs.  To facilitate these conversations, I provide the HR rules about overtime as requested.  I will also ask the Executive Committee to discuss whether our department should set norms for expectations for time for professional development activities (e.g. seminars or workshops) for all personnel.  Even if we set departmental norms, there will still need to be candid conversations and agreements within laboratories. Hopefully this will help frame some of these difficult conversations for all.

From HR:

Postdocs, faculty, and SOME higher level lab staff are exempt.  Exempt employees are not paid overtime.   They do not report time worked...only exception time to work (sick, vacation, etc.). Lab staff in this category are usually titled "Research Lab Specialist...".     This is anyone paid monthly.  In contrast, Non-exempt employees report each hour they work by the .10/ hour.   There are paid 1.5X for everything over 40 each week.   They cannot work without being paid.  Lab staff titles here are "Research Lab Techs...".    This is everyone paid biweekly. https://hr.umich.edu/working-u-m/management-administration/compensation-classification/overtime-pay Ann Arbor, MI Some of our staff qualify for overtime and some do not depending on their exempt or non-exempt status.  If you still have questions, reach out to Beth or Carol Solomon.


Flu Shot Compliance:  If you get your flu shot off campus, please send documentation to Carol Solomon and we will get you the stickers for your badge when they arrive.


U-M to conduct clinical trial to test AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccineMichigan Medicine is partnering with the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for a Phase 3 clinical trial to test a vaccine against COVID-19. The AZD1222 COVID-19 VACCINE Study will research an investigational vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19, looking at how well the investigational vaccine works and how safe it is. U-M, which will begin recruiting hundreds of participants for the trial immediately, is one of several U.S. sites supporting the AstraZeneca trial. For more information about the study, visit uofmhealth.org/covid19-vaccine or email AZVaccineTrial@med.umich.edu.


To sign up for the voluntary COVID testing surveillance program on campus, see this site: https://campusblueprint.umich.edu/monitoring-testing/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=back-to-campus&utm_content=tracking-program


If you need to request permission for close proximity research not involving trainees: see here: https://research.medicine.umich.edu/about-us/medical-school-covid-19-research-operations/close-proximity-research-trainingand fill out this form: https://umichumhs.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5vbVZfrtyZx8x5b



August 31, 2020

Welcome back to the Fall semester…classes start tomorrow Monday, Aug. 31st!  Good luck and stay safe!


COVID info as of August 28, 1:00 pm

·         Total patients tested for COVID-19 at Michigan Medicine since the pandemic began (includes pending tests): 47,756

·         Total positive tests: 1,695

·         Tests pending (waiting for results): 872

·         Current inpatients that are COVID-19 positive: 10

·         Total COVID-19 patients discharged to date: 701

·         COVID-19 patients discharged in the last 24 hours: 1


The University COVID dashboard which tracks what testing is being done (including undergrads, faculty and staff) can be found here: https://campusblueprint.umich.edu/dashboard/



·         The screening tool can be accessed at https://responsiblue.umich.edu. There is not an app available yet, so the tool cannot be found in the app store at this time. An app is expected in the future.

·         The website can be saved to your phone’s home screen for easy access. Follow these directions to do so.

·         The email account used to access the tool is youruniquename@umich.edu.Do not add “med” to the email address.

·         Your level 1 password is needed to login. This is the password used for timekeeping and to access your benefit information.

·         Those who fill out the ResponsiBLUE tool prior to coming to work will be able to utilize a separate line to expedite access at some of the major entrances across campus, including Taubman Center. Those who don’t use the tool will be verbally asked a series of questions by a staff member. Please note, you cannot come to work until you have been screened.  I suggest you take a screenshot on your phone each day as you may be asked to show your screening verification. 


New Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship (RCRS) Training is Assigned: Due date: June 30, 2021 unless your approval expires before then.
All individuals engaged in research and scholarship at U-M must complete the PEERRS Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship (RCRS) Training course. Your completion of the PEERRS RCRS Training course meets U-M, National Science Foundation, and United States Department of Agriculture-NIFA RCRS requirements. If you are the recipient of certain NIH training and career development awards, and/or a Rackham doctoral student, you are also required to take a facilitator-led RCRS training. More information regarding RCRS training is located at https://research.umich.edu/RCRS  You can take the online training course in My LINC now: https://mylinc.umich.edu/core/pillarRedirect?relyingParty=LM&lang=en-us&url=app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx%3FActivityId%3D47723%26UserMode%3D0  Please note that to pass, you must take a 10 question assessment at the end.  While the module says it takes 3 hours to complete, I found that you could do it much faster than that (~ 1-1 1/2 hours)

GRAD STUDENTS…please see the updates from Rackham attached!


New recharge rates for the M&I flow cytometers:

We received approval from Financial Analysis for updated hourly rates for Fortessa and FacsCanto usage.  These rates are effective through 07.31.2021.

Fortessa new rate = $40.96/hour

FacsCanto new rate = $29.01/hour.

Rates are based on actual labor, supplies/services costs and estimated usage.  Thanks to Ajay Kumar who is handling the maintenance on these machines for us.


Flu Shots With flu season approaching, all faculty, staff, students and volunteers must receive their annual vaccine by Dec. 1 or receive an approved exemption or declination. This includes all employees who are working remotely due to COVID-19. For options on where to get a vaccine and other important information, click here. https://mmheadlines.org/2020/08/power-of-prevention-keep-patients-families-and-each-other-safe-get-your-flu-shot/


New vet for Med Sci II:  As of Tuesday, September 1, 2020, Dr. Gerry Hish will be taking over Jill Keller’s role as Faculty Veterinarian for Med Sci II. Please feel free to contact Dr. Hish (gerryh@umich.edu) with any questions or concerns you may have regarding animals.

How do I contact Brenda Franklin? Several folks have asked for Brenda’s contact info.  She is your source for anything related to facilities or ordering and she has a master key on site each day if anyone gets locked out.  Here are her phone numbers: Lab 734-763-1123
Cell 517-851-1465


DEI read of the day: This is a paper published in April in Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (ASM) from our recent M&I postdocs Ada Hagan, Rebecca Pollet, and Josie Libertucci called Suggestions for Improving Invited Speaker Diversity To Reflect Trainee Diversityhttps://www.asmscience.org/content/journal/jmbe/10.1128/jmbe.v21i1.2105


August 26, 2020


Yesterday’s census for COVID-19 inpatients and those patients under investigation (PUI) are noted below: 













COVID-19 Patient Percent Positivity (7 day moving average)

Symptomatic testing: 3.94%

Asymptomatic testing: 0.72%


Discharges: 694 total COVID-19 discharges to date, 2 in the last 24 hours.  These numbers include patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities but excludes deaths and discharges to hospice.


Time off for Child Care Needs:  Employees have had access to 2 separate COVID time off banks thus far.  However, as we move into Fall with many folks unable to access childcare or with needs to have in home school, we want to be sure employees know of the following option for expanded Family Medical Leave Act time off.  Please see the attached information.  Basically, what it provides is an option for an employee to have up to 12 weeks of time off with some pay.  Employees are asked to use 2 weeks of paid time off (Vacation or sick) or to use 2 weeks of excused time off without pay after which they can apply to have 10 additional weeks of time subject to 2/3 pay.  This can be used intermittently and would be recorded as PFL on the timekeeping code.  If you have specific questions, you can contact the FMLA team at the MM HR Solutions Center.  734-647-5538.  Other information about child care resources on campus can be found here: https://hr.umich.edu/benefits-wellness/work-life/child-care-resources


All students can pick up COVID-19 Safety kits now:  See sites here and register to get one: https://sessions.studentlife.umich.edu/track/4267.


CDC Inspection of BSL3 came back with no deficiency and no concerns.  Congrats to Phil Hanna who is doing an excellent job managing the facility for us and to all who are using it so carefully!


THE POWER OF PREVENTION: GET YOUR FLU SHOT:  The Michigan Medicine Mandatory Influenza Vaccination Policy (04-06-030) requires all faculty, staff, learners and volunteers to receive an annual flu vaccination or provide an approved declination or exemption by December 1, 2020. This includes all employees who may be working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A full list of clinic dates and links to register for each are available here.  You can also get the flu shot at an outside location.  If you do this, please notify us as we must document compliance.  Send document of flu immunization with your name, date, and UMID# to Flu-Occ-Health@med.umich.edu   Please also cc Beth Moore (bmoore@umich.edu) on this communication.  Get your shot early this year!


FAQs about the Michigan Medicine Economic Recovery Plan are available here: https://mmheadlines.org/2020/04/economic-recovery-plan-faqs/#research


PIBS 550 (Biomedical Innovation and Entrepreneurship) is a hybrid course that is open to MS, PhD and post-docs.  It has information regarding commercialization that is very useful for many that might consider academic or industrial career paths.  Please sign up (post-docs don’t need to pay tuition) if interested. 

Students may register through Wolverine Access; postdocs please contact Dr. David Olson (dpolson@umich.edu)  to enroll. Check out the syllabus here.

PIBS 550 (Seminar)
Tu 3:30PM - 5:00PM 
First class Sept 1, THSL 5000; remaining classes online.

Participants will:
Gain an understanding of the path to successful biomedical commercialization,
Learn the fundamentals of life science entrepreneurship, 
Gain insight into careers in the biomedical industry.

August 21, 2020


Today’s census for COVID-19 inpatients and those patients under investigation (PUI) are noted below (these are up 3 cases since Tuesday): 


















COVID-19 Patient Percent Positivity (7 day moving average)

Symptomatic testing: 4.29%

Asymptomatic testing: 0.40%


Discharges: 687 total COVID-19 discharges to date, 0 in the last 24 hours. These numbers include patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities but excludes deaths and discharges to hospice.


COVID-related research metrics

●     Researchers to date who displayed symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19: 5 (4 Ann Arbor, 1 Dearborn)

○     0 researchers tested positive for COVID-19 this past week.

●     Researchers to date who displayed symptoms (or were tested as part of contact tracing) and tested negative for COVID-19: 15

Voting information:  If you want a site with information about how to register to vote, absentee ballots and polling locations etc.  UM has provided this here:    https://govote.umich.edu/


MICHR Mentoring Academy Accepting Applications: The Mentoring Academy will consist of 6 required 2-hour sessions based on the widely used Mentor Training for Clinical and Translational Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research. <https://www.cimerproject.org/#/> The application deadline is September 20, 2020. The MICHR Mentoring Academy starts in October 2020. Learn more (https://michr.umich.edu/news/2020/8/18/improve-your-mentoring-skills-at-michr-mentoring-academy) about the MICHR Mentoring Academy and how to apply.


MICHR PTSP is now open:  M&I has had great success in getting post-docs supported by this program:

PTSP: https://umms.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1810534

Who: Postdoc Fellows who are interested in clinical and translational research

DUE: Friday, February 5, 2021, 5pm

Appointment dates are: 7/1/2021-6/30/2023

Funding: $85,000 for two years


Undergraduates in Lab:According to UMOR, only senior students (individuals entering their senior year of coursework) who already have experience in the same laboratory can resume in-person research and scholarship at this time. Undergraduates at any year of study are welcome and encouraged to join research teams if their work can be done remotely.


NEW FAQs posted about the economic recovery plan: https://mmheadlines.org/2020/04/economic-recovery-plan-faqs/#research


Office Use: As we prepare for Fall semester, use of offices is permitted for approved educational activities.  If you have questions about what counts, contact Beth.


AAALAC site visit

Site visitors from AAALAC International will be on the Ann Arbor campus next week as part of a mandatory reaccreditation visit to assess the U-M Animal Care and Use Program. AAALAC representatives will likely visit all animal housing locations on campus, along with many laboratories. Please visit the AAALAC webpage (a U-M uniqname and password is required) for more information and to download the digital preparation toolkit. Questions about the site visit can be directed to acuoffice@umich.edu.


Undergrad course grading and withdrawal info: For the fall and winter semesters, all undergraduate courses will use a modified version of traditional grading in which the regular A-C grading system is maintained but students who earn D or E grades will receive a "No Record Covid (NRC)."  Students receiving a NRC will be able to request that it be converted to a letter grade. We will also institute a more flexible withdrawal policy, allowing students to withdraw from a course at any time up until the end of classes and not have the course appear on their transcript.


Election Day classes:  There is a student-led initiative to cancel or provide non-synchronous classes on election day to allow students to volunteer and vote.  They are asking that you consider tweeting your support if you agree.  See examples below:

If you are supporting this initiative and want to spread the word, the organizers of the initiative have drafted some language to use in tweets with the hashtag #2020SafeElectionUMich to spread the word!


If you're teaching and canceling or pre-recording your lecture:

·  I’m canceling class on #ElectionDay@UMich because I believe that my students’ right to vote is an important act of civic engagement, education, and an investment in our future. I’m making the time so their voices can be heard. @DrMarkSchlissel#2020SafeElectionUMich 

·  I’m pre-recording my lecture on #ElectionDay@UMich because I believe that my students’ right to vote is an important act of civic engagement, education, and an investment in our future. I’m making the time so their voices can be heard. @DrMarkSchlissel#2020SafeElectionUMich

If you aren't teaching, but you support the initiative:

·  I signed the #2020SafeElectionUMich proposal to have no synchronous class on #ElectionDay@UMich because I believe that my students’ right to vote is an important act of civic engagement, education, and investment in our future. I want their voices to be heard. @DrMarkSchlissel


Drug Discovery: Michigan Drug Discovery (MDD) and Sun Pharma Research Company (SPARC) are now accepting proposals for the SPARC-MDD Partnership Grants, which provides funding and collaborative support for therapeutics projects led by U-M faculty. Selected projects have the potential to receive the equivalent of up to $1.5 million over a three-year period, including in-kind support in areas such as medicinal chemistry and preclinical development. The deadline for proposals to be included in the next review is October 16, 2020.


In case you missed it:  UNC had to shut down one week after opening due to rising cases of COVID-19 (From the Chronicle of Higher Education).


Get foundation grant info to your email:  Subscribers may select up to five key-words for auto-notification of incoming grant opportunities.  Please use the following steps if you would like to set up auto-notifications.

1)      Navigate to the Michigan Medicine Corporate & Foundation Relations website:  https://umhs-foundations.infoready4.com/

2)      Click the blue button “Click here for University of Michigan web login” in the upper left quadrant of the screen

3)      On the page with the heading, “Corporate and Foundation Relations”, select “Profile” in the upper right corner

4)      You’ll be routed to a page that auto-populates with your name and primary department affiliation. Select the button in the right hand column, “User Alerts”

5)      Select up to five keywords from the dropdown menu for automatic alerts.  

6)      Save changes.  The alerts will usually be sent out on Tuesday (with some holiday/vacation exceptions).

August 17, 2020

COVID update:  As of August 14, 1:00 pm

·         Total patients tested for COVID-19 at Michigan Medicine since the pandemic began (includes pending tests): 42,202

·         Total positive tests: 1,585

·         Tests pending (waiting for results): 642

·         Current inpatients that are COVID-19 positive: 11

·         Total COVID-19 patients discharged to date: 684

·         COVID-19 patients discharged in the last 24 hours: 1


Gretchen Whitmer has announced the MI Mask-Aid project which will provide 4 million masks to MI residents who are most vulnerable to COVID-19.  Thanks to Oveta Fuller for sharing the graphic below.



New bus system changes:  Please see information at this site: https://mmheadlines.org/2020/08/major-changes-coming-to-the-campus-bus-system-on-monday-aug-24/?utm_campaign=Newsletter&utm_source=Newsletter_20200813&utm_medium=email


New Requirement - All Investigators Required to Sign PAF Starting 9/14/20

Beginning September 14, all U-M investigators listed on a new Proposal Approval Form (PAF) will be required to complete a revised "Sign PAF" activity in the eResearch Proposal Management (eRPM) system.

Gathering this information from all participating U-M investigators, and not just the Principal Investigator, will help the University ensure its full compliance with our funding agencies’ disclosure requirements, especially with regard to the accurate and complete disclosure of international engagements and collaborations.  

Action Item

Prior to the completion of the updated "Sign PAF" activity, investigators must have a current outside interest disclosure on file (within the past 365 days). If you haven’t already submitted your fiscal year 2021 disclosure, complete it in the M-Inform system as soon as possible.

What to Expect

Beginning September 14, all U-M investigators will need to complete the "Sign PAF" activity in eRPM if they are listed on a new proposal in any one of the following roles:

  • U-M Principal Investigator
  • U-M Sponsor Principal Investigator
  • Participating Investigator with Specified Effort
  • Participating Investigator without Specified Effort
  • Non-faculty Investigator

The "Sign PAF" activity will be updated to include:

  • Questions regarding investigator outside activities, relationships, and interests as they relate to the sponsored project;
  • Questions regarding investigator international engagements (e.g., appointments, resources);
  • Updates to the attestation of investigator role and responsibilities.

Investigators are expected to sign the PAF record in eRPM prior to proposal submission. The proposal will still be submitted if the PAF lacks all required signatures, but:

  • Investigators who have not signed at the time of proposal submission will receive regular email reminders to complete this activity.
  • After 30 days, the proposal will be at risk of withdrawal.
  • All signatures must be completed prior to award acceptance.
  • In the event that an investigator is added to the proposal after submission to the sponsor, but prior to receipt of an award, the signature activity will be completed during award processing.


Mentoring Plan Workshop now available for registration…this is a great thing to do with new trainees in your lab!

This workshop helps to enhance the mentoring relationship between the student and faculty mentor. Faculty and students will work independently in separate sessions to identify their own objectives and styles, and then faculty-student pairs come together to develop a mentoring plan: a two-way document to codify goals, needs, and shared expectations. Over 85% of Rackham doctoral students surveyed report that having written agreement for successful mentoring is useful.

This workshop is facilitated by the MORE (Mentoring Others Results in Excellence) Committee, a Rackham committee that engages with faculty and graduate students to foster conversations about mentoring.


  • September 25, 2020
  • October 13, 2020
  • October 16, 2020

The workshop times are structured as following:

  • Student session: 9:30-11:00 am
  • Faculty session: 10:00-11:00 am
  • Joint session: 11:10 am-12:00 pm

Registration is required of both the faculty and the student. 



August 11, 2020

Clarification on Common Room Logs for Cleaning:  If you are entering room 5725 just to access your laboratory’s -80 freezer but are not using common equipment, you do not need to fill out the cleaning log, but please do remember to wipe down your freezer doors before and after shifts in the lab.

Copier and Scanner in the Mail Room:  The new copier in the breakroom is named PRT-850X and you should be able to search for it on the network to print.  That is the good news.  The bad news is that if you want to use this machine to scan a document to an email, it can only scan to a med.umich.edu email.  I have spoken to HITS and this is not able to be changed.  Thus, this leaves two options.  You can scan the document to your med.umich.edu account OR you can scan the document to Sheryl Smith’s email (sherylhs@med.umich.edu) and ask Sheryl to forward to your umich account.  There is a machine in the main office that is like the old machine that apparently was grandfathered in and can still scan to a umich.edu email.  If you need access to this machine and one of the options above does not work, contact Beth for access.

New bus policies coming:  Look for official announcements coming out August 24th about changes to the bus system on campus that will redesign routes to be shorter, add buses and reduce numbers of riders per bus.  New procedures will also make for a safer riding experience.  Stay tuned!

Ordering procedure changes being considered: Lab managers please be watching for an email invite for a virtual meeting with Brenda about a potential change in ordering policies that would allow lab managers to place Marketsite orders on their own, rather than go through Brenda.  We will host a department-wide meeting for ordering managers to discuss a possible change in procedure.  Please watch for it and try to attend.

DAILY COVID-19 PATIENT STATS:  You will see there is a slight uptick in hospitalized patients.

Today’s census for COVID-19 inpatients and those patients under investigation (PUI) are noted below: 














Discharges: 678 total COVID-19 discharges to date, 0 in the last 24 hours. These numbers include patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities but excludes deaths and discharges to hospice.




The medical school is strictly adhering to the governor’s executive order currently stating that work that can be done remotely, must be done remotely.  However, some essential work activities can only be performed using assigned offices on campus. Therefore, UMMS is permitting limited use of medical school faculty and staff offices for mission-critical activities only, not simply as a matter of convenience.

For more information about which activities are considered mission-critical, as well as training and safety protocols, visit the medical school intranet. Prior to office use, faculty and staff must consult the department chair, or their accountable delegate(s), for confirmation that the proposed use meets the criteria for mission-critical activity.



The City of Ann Arbor is encouraging all residents and individuals who work in the city to sign up now to receive critical communications and emergency messages through a new alert system, Everbridge. Please note, this system is separate from the university’s alert system.

The city will change over to this new system, joining Washtenaw County, and replacing CodeRED, beginning Thursday, Aug. 13.



Wednesday, August 12, 2020
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

At this virtual town hall, U-M leaders will share information and answer questions from the staff community about COVID-19 plans for the fall semester and beyond for the Ann Arbor campus.


  • Mark S. Schlissel, President
  • Kevin Hegarty, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and Town Hall Moderator
  • Rob Ernst, Associate Vice President for Student Life, Executive Director of University Health Service, and Director of COVID-19 Campus Health Response
  • Pam Gabel, Executive Director of the Shared Services Center and Co-Chair, Workplace Innovation and the Staff Experience Committee

The town hall will be recorded and shared for those who can't attend. Participation will be limited to 20,000 U-M staff members.

All participants will be required to install and log in to the Zoom app using U-M credentials.

Submit a Question »

Join on Zoom »


DEI read for the day:  Responses to 10 common criticisms of anti-racism action in STEM (see attached pdf).

New procedures in common equipment rooms:  Hi all, in addition to signing up on the google calendar to use the common equipment, EHS is also making us log that we clean the area after each use.  Thus, in each of the common equipment rooms, you will see new signs on the door reminding you to do this.  Please find the log sheets in each room (near gel doc in 5th floor freezer room), by Fortessa and Canto in their rooms and just to the right of room 6740 near the cleaning supplies.  After you use the equipment, please fill out the log form.  It is important to note that you clean the area after your use by saying yes in the last column.  Thanks for your attention to doing this.  It is the only way EHS will let us keep that common equipment room open!  If you find we need more log sheets or more cleaning supplies, contact Beth or Brenda.

There is a survey regarding family care needs that UM wants answered by August 14.  You can fill it out even if you don’t have family care issues.

Follow this link to the Survey: Take the Survey

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

New Canvas Log in Page:  You will see a new log in page in Canvas on August 12th, but nothing else about how Canvas functions will change.

August 7, 2020

No more greeters come Monday:  The university announced today that come Monday, there will be no more greeters at the doors.  You are still expected to use the Health Screening Tool before entering the building. Thanks to so many of our own students and post-docs who manned the stations for us.

Masks required in all laboratory rooms: The new guidelines also mandate that masks must be worn at all times in laboratory rooms (yes, sadly, even microscope and TC rooms with closed doors—sorry).

COVID-19 update: Yesterday’s census for COVID-19 inpatients and those patients under investigation (PUI) are noted below: 















Discharges: 668 total COVID-19 discharges to date, 1 in the last 24 hours. These numbers include patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities but excludes deaths and discharges to hospice.



COVID case in a lab: One researcher from the Ann Arbor campus tested positive this week for COVID-19. Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) is managing contact tracing and at this time, there is no indication of any virus transmission between laboratory or research coworkers.

What about surveillance testing?  In response to requests from many people, I have been working to test a relatively inexpensive saliva-based isothermal loop amplification test (LAMP assay) that I hoped to get permission to use for surveillance testing in our department and to offer for other units.  We have made good progress on the test itself; however, in an effort to get “permission” to use it from the University, there have been numerous obstacles.  Some of these are worries about a non-CLIA-certified laboratory test being used, privacy concerns, anxiety over false positives, legal concerns over false negatives, lack of physician-patient relationships governing the testing and public health reporting requirements just to name a few. There is also a belief that the precautions we are taking (mask wearing and physical distancing) will be sufficient to limit viral spread (and I do believe these measures are critical!). I want you to know that I am still actively pursuing this option on many fronts, but these are the issues we are facing.  Just wanted to update you all as I get asked about this often.


Due to growing concerns and child and family care as the upcoming school year approaches, the medical school has convened a Family Care Task Force to study work force family care issues and provide recommendations on how to address them. The task force will be conducting various survey and other research – if asked, please participate to the extent possible. Additionally, the Wellness Office has identified information and resources about family care to support those employees who need assistance.  The University Human Resources also has a list of child care resources and in-home care and tutoring available on their website.  In the near future (likely Monday), a survey will be sent out to assess the needs of faculty, staff and learners.


New university guidance states that all staff who can work remotely should continue to do so until the end of the 2020 calendar year. This means our office staff will be staying remote.  However, I do want to know if there are any critical functions that you can identify that we need to make accommodations for.  Please let Beth know if there has been something you needed from the office or office staff that was not available to you and we will try to make a plan to address.

3-day weekend: Brenda is out till Monday and Beth is taking the weekend off to play golf (yeah) with limited email access.  If there is something urgent, please text 734-846-6012.  Stay safe and stay well.

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