January 26, 2021

News You Can Use

January 26, 2021

Upcoming Seminars, Events, and Meetings

·       Tuesday, January 26 @ 3:00pm

Tea at Three

Hosted by the Wobus Lab

Theme: Favorite Sunny Locations

Join via Zoom

Passcode: 148822

Sign-up here to host future teas

 

·       Wednesday, January 27 @ 10:00am

Drop-in IT Office Hours

Open office hours with our IT liaisons, Deb McCaffrey and Ryan Echlin; bring all of your IT questions and issues

Join via Zoom

 

·       Wednesday, January 27 @ 4:00pm

Microbiome Seminar Series

CCMB Cumulus: Cloud-based data analysis framework for large-scale single-cell and single-nucleus genomics

Bo Li, PhD; Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Join via Zoom  

 

·       Thursday, January 28 @ noon

M&I Seminar Series

Virus Discovery in the Age of Metagenomics

Maya Breitbart, PhD; Professor, University of South Florida, College of Marine Science

Join via Zoom

 

·       Friday, January 29 @ noon

M&I 812 Seminar

Maddie Barron and Ann Lisa Lawrence

Recruiting

Join via Zoom

Meeting ID: 944 6835 3155

Passcode: 340574

 

·       Friday, January 29 @ 1:00pm

COVID-19 Briefing with President Schlissel and Provost Collins

Join via Zoom

 

See attached “Microbiome Notifications” for a listing of all The Michigan Microbiome Project events

 

COVID-19 News & Resources

·       What you need to know about the COVID-19 variant, B.1.1.7, in our community

 

·       Please see “COVID-19 Variant in Washtenaw County” attachment from the Washtenaw County Health Department

 

·       Please see FAQs on EBS questions related to vaccines and communication issues on the M&I Google drive in the “COVID related” folder. For all FAQs about COVID-19 vaccines for U of M faculty, staff, and students on all three campuses click here.

 

·       U of M has added new ways to support employees with child and other dependent-care needs during the COVID-19 pandemic

 

In the News

·       “When you get vaccinated, you generate antibodies all over the spike protein. That makes it less likely that one mutation here or there is going to leave you completely unprotected. That’s what gives me reason for optimism that this is going to be OK in terms of the vaccine, but there’s more work to be done,” said Adam Lauring, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, and ecology and evolutionary biology.

The New York Times

 

·       How mRNA went from a scientific backwater to a pandemic crusher

 

Research News

Research Blueprint - research development news from the University of Michigan

 

Research Opportunities

See attached “Weekly Non-federal Grant RFP Opportunities Report” for a listing of non-federal RFP grant opportunities.

 

DEI

·       DEI read of the day: Barrier-free Biology

·       5 Ally Actions 

 

Wellness

Stressed out by too many meetings? You aren't alone.

 

Professional Development

As Michigan Medicine continues its high reliability journey, clear communication is critical to maintain situational awareness and help reduce errors. The SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation) tool is a simple way to organize your thoughts for more effective communication.

Check out this SBAR video and talking points.

 

MORE Mentoring Plan Workshops

MORE (Mentoring Others Results in Excellence) is Rackham’s faculty committee on mentoring. Click here for more information including details on their upcoming Mentoring Plan Workshops on January 29 and February 9 (registration required). This virtual workshop (with updated content) 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 will have time to work together to develop a mentoring plan: a two-way document to codify goals, needs, and shared expectations. Over 85% of Rackham doctoral students who have written mentoring plans report those plans to be useful.

 

Office Phones

Recently, M&I desktop phones were replaced with VoIP (Cisco) phones; however, with an increasingly remote workforce, many do not require a desktop phone. Jabber is an app downloaded to your cell phone, mobile device (eg: iPad, laptop) or desktop computer.  It allows you to make and receive official University phone calls from either your cell phone, mobile device, or desk top computer.  The cost is $0 per month. The potential savings to the Med School is $430k annually. Of course, it you’d like to keep your desktop VoIP phone, you may do so. Please take this survey by February 13th to indicate your choice of a VoIP phone or Jabber client. Attached are user guides for both.

 

Recognition

Provost's Teaching Innovation Prizes nominations due February 1

 

Teaching

For those of you who are teaching this semester, please mark your calendar that February 24 and March 23 have been deemed Wellbeing Breaks and there will be no classes on these days.

 

Facilities

The Med Sci 2 Lactation Room 2810 will be closed for renovations Monday, February 1 – Friday, February 5. During this time, you may use the lactation room in Taubman Health Services Library, Room 5314.

 

Chemical Inventories Due

Reminder that Chemical Inventories are due January 31st. Please see attached email.

 

Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS)

Registration for the 2021 Virtual Advanced Course in Basic and Clinical Immunology program, March 1-3, is now open. 

 

American Society for Virology (ASV)

Registration for the virtual ASV 2021 40th Annual Meeting, July 19-23, is now open. Trainees can apply for registration waivers.  The deadline to submit an abstract is February 1st

 

Electronic W-2s

The 2020 University of Michigan Form W-2s are now available to electronically view and print in Wolverine Access. 

 

Go to Employee Self-Service  via Wolverine Access

●        Log on to Wolverine Access

●        Select Employee Self-Service

●        Select Payroll and Compensation

●        Select View W-2/W-2c Forms from the menu on the left

●        Select Year-End Forms Consent box

●        Click on the “Year End Form” link

 

Consenting to and printing your W-2 eliminates the delay in accessing your information due to mailing, which can sometimes be after January 30th. 

 

If you have not already signed up for electronic W-2’s, we strongly encourage you to consider it. 

 

BONUS: Read these great tax preparation tips: Make Tax Time Less Taxing.

January 19, 2021

Please take a moment to read this week’s News You Can Use (NYCU). This update will be sent weekly on Tuesdays. If there is anything you would like included in future NYCUs, (meetings, events, news, announcements, etc.) please email Beth Moore, bmoore@med.umich.edu,  and Kim Rize, rizek@med.umich.edu.  For all the latest COVID testing, vaccination, and inpatient census information, please be sure to check your @med.umich.edu email.

 

Upcoming Seminars, Events, and Meetings

·       Tuesday, January 19 @ 3:00pm

Tea at Three

Join via Zoom

Passcode: 397039

 

·       Thursday, January 21 @ noon

M&I Seminar Series

Katherine Wu, New York Times science writer,  “A Conversation with Dr. Katherine Wu”

Hosted by Cheong-Hee Chang and OGPS Career & Professional Development

Open to all; REGISTRATION REQUIRED; see attached flyer for details

Join via Zoom

 

·       Friday, January 22 @ noon

M&I Seminar Series

Jay Vornhagen, Michael Bachman lab

Join via Zoom

Meeting ID: 944 6835 3155

Passcode: 340574

 

·       Friday, January 22 @ noon

Med School Faculty Meeting

Moving Forward: Enhancing Faculty Success in the New Year

Join via Zoom

Passcode: 696555

 

·       Friday, January 22 @ 3:00pm

Michigan Medicine Town Hall

Join via Zoom

Passcode: 657670

 

Congratulations

·       M&I is pleased to congratulate Dr. Ajay Kumar on his promotion to Research Investigator. Welcome to the faculty!

 

·       Laura Mike will be opening her own lab at the University of Toledo in July in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. Congrats! You’ll be close enough to collaborate with us still!

 

COVID-19 Resources

·       If you are willing to volunteer as a greeter to help queue the line for the vaccines, please sign-up here.

If you have knowledge of MiChart, you can also be trained to vaccinate.

 

·       Michigan Medicine will receive Pfizer vaccine doses this week which will allow first doses to resume and continue second-dose vaccinations.

 

In the News

Great news for science!

·       Eric Lander will run White House Office of Science and Technology Policy which will become a Cabinet-level agency!

 

Read the letter to Dr. Lander from President-Elect Joe Biden; very inspiring!

 

Take a listen to this podcast from Eric Lander on Why I Teach

 

"The greatest impact I can possibly have is through my students" -Eric Lander

 

·        Frances Arnole (Protein Design Scientist, Nobel Laureate)

and Maria Zuber, Planetary Scientist, VP for Research, MIT

to head the President's Council of Advisors On Science and Technology.

 

DEI

DEI read of the day: Ironic Evaluation Processes: effects of thought suppression on evaluations of older job applicants

 

Wellness

Active U returns with new look, more features! Be sure to register before February 1st.  

 

Call for Nominations – Research Faculty, Staff Awards

The U of M Office of the Vice President is accepting nominations to recognize excellence among research faculty and staff. Nominations are due February 15th.  

 

Microbiome Seminar Series and Core update        

Please see attached email from Tom Schmidt.

 

Facilities

Until further notice, MSRB 1, elevator 13, will be down for emergency repair. Alternative Elevator Directions from Med Sci 2 into the MSRB’s:

Walk from Med Sci 2 to the MSRB 2 elevator #10 (highlighted in blue). Go to level 3, 1 or A of MSRB 2 to get to MSRB 1 and 3. From there, use the green highlighted elevators to get through the MSRB’s. 

 

Michigan Postdoctoral Pioneer Program Submission are Open

Please see attached MP3-Poster attachment for details.

 

American Association of Immunologists (AAI)

AAI 2021 annual meeting will be virtual!  Abstract submission deadline is January 26th.  Plan your abstract submissions now!

 

Final Federal FY20 NIH Data

The Medical School completed the year with an increase in award dollars and maintained its rank.  The Med School’s overall NIH ranking has again remained at 10th in FFY20 with a 2.72% market share.  Its total funding increased by $45.2M, an 11.36% increase that outpaced awards to Medical Schools overall.  Please see attached Final FFY 2020 NIH Story attachment for details.  Despite an approximately $1.2 million increase in NIH funding in 2020 (a 7% increase), according to these rankings, M&I fell from 9th to 12th  in NIH rankings. The good news is that our F grants will significantly increase in 2021!

 

IT Updates

Dell is U of M's new strategic supplier for computer hardware.

 

COVID-19 Status Update

For the most up to date information, check your @med.umich.edu inbox for an email from MM-EmployeeMessage

As of January 18, 2021 @ 3:00pm

DAILY COVID-19 PATIENT STATS

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

 

TOTAL INPATIENTS

TESTED POSITIVE

PUI

ICU POSITIVE

ADULT

58

57

1

11

PEDIATRIC

3

3

0

1

 

Statistics are updated here:

https://uhabccappspr1.umhs.med.umich.edu:9223/

 

COVID-19 Patient Percent Positivity (7 day moving average), as of 1/15

Symptomatic testing:  13.67 %

Asymptomatic testing: 1.51 %

 

Discharges: 1,605 total COVID-19 discharges to date, 7 in the last 24 hours.  These numbers include patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities but excludes deaths and discharges to hospice.

 

Getting to Know You

Please send Kim Rize a short bio if you’d like to be featured in this section.

January 12, 2021

Upcoming Seminars, Events, and Meetings

·       Tuesday, January 12

Reminder that the M&I Faculty Meeting is canceled today

 

·       Tuesday, January 12 @ 3:00pm

Tea at Three

Join via Zoom

Passcode: 397039

 

·       Wednesday, January 13 @ 10:00am

Drop-in IT Office Hours

Open office hours with our IT liaisons, Deb McCaffrey and Ryan Echlin; bring all of your IT questions and issues

Join via Zoom

 

·       Wednesday, January 13 @ noon

Immunology Research Seminar

Alumni Career Development Panel

Hosted by Dr. Singer and moderated by Alex Ethridge
Panel includes: Brian Zamarron, Andrew Kocab, Ashley Sloat, Julie Rumble, andLynn Kamen
Please submit questions for the panel here

Join via Zoom

Passcode 939393

 

·       Wednesday, January 13 @ 2:00pm

Robyn Klein, M&I Chair Candidate Presentation

Join via Zoom

 

·       Thursday, January 14 @ noon

M&I Seminar Series

Basel Abuaita, M&I Michigan Medicine, “ER stressing neutrophils to NET MRSA”

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·       Friday, January 15 @ noon

M&I Seminar Series

Arwen Frick-Cheng, Harry Mobley lab

Join via Zoom

Meeting ID: 944 6835 3155

Passcode: 340574

 

·       Monday, January 19 @ 11:00am

DEI Biomedical Career Seminar Series

Brian Castellano, post-doctoral research fellow

Signaling pathways for cellular growth and personal development

See attached flyer

Join via Zoom

Passcode: 939393

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Events and Resources

·       See attached COVID-19 events and resources including this week’s Bioethics Grand Rounds, “Addressing COVID vaccine hesitancy,” a community conversation re: vaccine hesitancy, and a virtual town hall re: COVID-19 and the African-American community.

 

·       All employees are asked to complete the Blue Queue questionnaire. Even if you do not plan on getting the vaccine, employees need to complete the questionnaire so scheduling and ordering can be coordinated. Regardless if you answer yes or no, you can always retake the questionnaire or change your mind once you’re notified to schedule your appointment.

 

·       Due to lower than expected vaccine dosage supply in the State of Michigan and at Michigan Medicine, scheduling is temporarily paused of new first-dose appointments beginning January 11, 2021, to ensure sufficient supply for individuals who are due for their 2nd dose. Scheduling of new first-dose appointments will resume as soon as sufficient supply is available.

 

In the News

Adam Lauring on Michigan Radio, Two Michigan labs are actively searching for faster-spreading variant of the coronavirus

 

Research News

CONGRATULATIONS to Filipe Cerqueira (faculty mentor: Nicole Koropatkin) on his recently awarded F31, “Uncovering biochemical features of resistant starch degradation by R. bromii,” funded by NIH/NIGMS.

 

NIH Research Funding

NIH has received a $1.2 billion funding increase for FY21. Please see attached for details.

 

Research Opportunities

·       American Heart Association Career Development Award

Supports highly promising healthcare and academic professionals in the early years of one’s first professional appointment, to explore indecative questions or pilot studies that will provide preliminary data and training to assure the applicant’s future success as a research scientist in the field of cardiovascular and/or cerebrovascular disease research.
Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 16, 2021

 

·       See attached “Grants Report” for non-federal RFP grant opportunities from the Michigan Medicine Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations.

 

Professional Development

The U-M Micro-Mentoring Program is strongly encouraged for all staff and faculty. The goal of this program is to increase one’s professional networks and provide a platform to foster the sharing of internal expertise and experiences. Read more in Michigan Medicine Headlines

 

DEI & Wellbeing

·       DEI read for the day: Ending curriculum violence

 

·       All staff and faculty are encouraged to attend Stepping-In for Respect to reinforce our commitment to create an environment where every individual has a sense of belonging, a voice that is heard, and the opportunity to achieve and thrive.

 

·       The Michigan Medicine Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience  is open and available to provide counseling, stress consults, and information to all Michigan Medicine staff and faculty. In-person and virtual support options are available. Call 734-763-5409 or email counseling@med.umich.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 Status Update

For the most up to date information, check your @med.umich.edu inbox for an email from MM-EmployeeMessage

As of Monday, January 11, 2021 @ 3:00pm

DAILY COVID-19 PATIENT STATS

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

 

TOTAL INPATIENTS

TESTED POSITIVE

PUI

ICU POSITIVE

ADULT

71

71

0

15

PEDIATRIC

5

3

2

1

 

Statistics are updated here:

https://uhabccappspr1.umhs.med.umich.edu:9223/

 

COVID-19 Patient Percent Positivity (7 day moving average), as of 1/11

Symptomatic testing:  14.36 %

Asymptomatic testing: 1.68 %

 

Discharges: 1,466 total COVID-19 discharges to date, 4 in the last 24 hours.  These numbers include patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities but excludes deaths and discharges to hospice.

 

January 5, 2021

Please take a moment to read this week’s News You Can Use (NYCU). This update will be sent weekly on Tuesdays. If there is anything you would like included in future NYCUs, (meetings, events, news, announcements, etc.) please email Beth Moore, bmoore@med.umich.edu,  and Kim Rize, rizek@med.umich.edu.  For all the latest COVID testing, vaccination, and inpatient census information, please be sure to check your @med.umich.edu email.

 

Seminars

Please note that there are no Thursday or Friday seminars this week.

 

Chair Search

Please be sure to attend the research and vision presentations by the 3 candidates for the permanent chair search:

 

Andrew S. Pekosz, Ph.D.

Professor and Vice Chair of Scientific Resources, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences

Director, Genomic Analysis and Sequencing Core Facility

Director, Center for Emerging Viral Infectious Diseases

Co-director, Johns Hopkins Center for Excellence in Influenza Research and Surveillance

Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health

 

Virtual Interview and Presentation Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Presentation time: 2:30-4:00pm (50-minute presentation; 40-minute Q&A)

 

 

Bethany B. Moore, Ph.D.

Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Galen B. Toews, M.D. Collegiate Professor of Internal Medicine

University of Michigan Medical School

 

Virtual Interview and Presentation Date: Monday, January 11, 2021

Presentation time: 3:30-5:00pm (50-minute presentation; 40-minute Q&A)

 

 

Robyn S. Klein, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences

Director, Center for Neuroimmunology and Neuroinfectious Diseases

The Robert E. and Louise F. Dunn Distinguished Professor of Medicine & Immunology, Departments of Internal Medicine, Pathology & Immunology

Washington University School of Medicine

 

Virtual Interview and Presentation Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Presentation time: 2:00-3:30pm (50-minute presentation; 40-minute Q&A)

 

 

The deadline for submitting candidate evaluations is by end-of-day Sunday, January 17, 2021.

·       On December 21, 2020, Congress finalized FY 2021 appropriations as well as a COVID-19 stimulus bill. Here is a quick update on how the individual science agencies fared: 
NIH: $42.934 B (+3% over FY 2020)
NSF: $8.487 B (+2.5% over FY 2020)
NASA: $23. 271 B (+3.2% over FY 2020)
VA medical and prosthetic research: $815 M (+8.7%)
The section of the legislation that provides stimulus funding includes $1.25 B for the NIH to be spent on research and clinical trials for COVID, as well as efforts to develop additional diagnostics.

 

Facilities

The Med Sci 2 and Buhl entrances will be closed on Saturday, January 9th all day for floor replacement and after 8:00pm Thursday, January 14th for floor waxing. Please use the third floor entrance in Med Sci 2 or the Med Sci 1 building entrance as an alternative.

 

Zoom Updates

Michigan Medicine can now use expanded features in Zoom including live captioning. See all the updates here.

 

DEI

DEI read for the day: Addressing disparities in academic medicine: what of the minority tax?  

 

Beginning Friday, M&I offices (including virtual) are closed for holidays and season days. Offices will reopen on January 4th.  Please connect with staff and faculty to wrap up any loose ends before we take a much needed break to reflect on 2020 and recharge for 2021!

 

Please take a moment to read this week’s News You Can Use (NYCU). This update will be sent weekly on Tuesdays. If there is anything you would like included in future NYCUs, (meetings, events, news, announcements, etc.) please email Beth Moore, bmoore@med.umich.edu,  and Kim Rize, rizek@med.umich.edu.  

 

Do you find the content in NYCU useful? Please let us know what you find valuable, what you find not so useful, and suggestions on how we can improve NYCU by taking this survey.

 

COVID-19

  • Blue Queue Questionnaire

As U of M makes plans to provide COVID-19 vaccines to the U of M community, all faculty, staff and students need to complete the Blue Queue Questionnaire. You must log in using your uniqname and UMICH password (Level 1 for Michigan Medicine) to complete the questionnaire. This is a new questionnaire so please be sure to complete it, even if you previously completed a survey related to COVID-19 vaccines. Completing the Blue Queue questionnaire is the only way to receive an invitation to schedule a vaccination.

 

  • WDIV roundtable discussion

Oveta Fuller, Beth Moore and Ariangela Kozik were interviewed for WDIV regarding COVID-19 vaccines. The roundtable discussion can be viewed here.

 

  • COVID-19 training to be completed by all faculty and staff

To comply with MIOSHA’s Emergency Rules for COVID-19,  Michigan Medicine must ensure that all employees have received training on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19.  Please log-in to your MLearning to take all of the required modules.

 

The HITS liaison team is starting a joint office hours with the Taubman library team. It's one stop shopping for data management questions. The grand opening is Tuesday, Jan 5 at 3pm. There's an Electronic Research Notebook webinar scheduled at 2pm right before it. Researchers can check out the notebook features, then come to office hours for implementation questions.

 

More info and calendar subscriptions (with Zoom info) here: https://hits.medicine.umich.edu/research-education/research-education-consultation/data-management-office-hours

 

 

 

American Association of Immunologists (AAI)

The American Association of Immunologists (AAI) is currently accepting applications for the eleventh year of the AAI Public Policy Fellows Program; deadline is January 20, 2021.  Of the 90 scientists who have completed the program to date, 100% indicated (in an anonymous survey) that - based on their experience - they would participate again and would recommend the program to other eligible scientists. All who are eligible are encouraged to apply. See attached flyer.

 

Junior Faculty and Research Associate in Immunology

Henry Ford Health System has a junior faculty position open in Immunology. Please pass along to any you know who may be interested. See attachment.

 

Temperature Monitoring Implantable Sensor

CubeWorks, is a U-M spinout based on technology invented by David Blauw.  Their sensors have many applications across a number of industries, but they are currently pursuing life science lab-oriented applications for their temperature-monitoring implantable sensors.  See attached. For further information, please contact Chris Fick, cafick@umich.edu, at the Business Engagement Center.

 

Holiday Cheer

  • For a little holiday cheer, check out this musical composition by former Immunology PTSP student Steph Kim.  She compiled this for the Immunology virtual holiday party and gave us permission to share it…well worth the watch! 

 

  • Check out this link for some holiday cheer with a shout out to the TWiV team including our own Kathy Spindler!