University of Michigan launches bike rental program on campus

Author: Dana Budzaj

A new, two-wheel “green” alternative is available for pedestrians commuting around campus this fall with the launch of the university’s bicycle rental program, Blue Bikes.

Thirty blue bicycles, featuring a “blue bike” decal, are available to students, faculty and staff for daily, weekend and semester rentals. Rates begin at $5 for a daily rental, $11 for the weekend and $75 for the semester. The bikes are available at two campus locations: Outdoor Adventures and the North Campus Recreational Building.

Operated by Outdoor Adventures within Recreational Sports, the program was developed in collaboration with Parking & Transportation Services, the Office of Campus Sustainability and the University Planner’s Office.

Read the full story at http://www.ur.umich.edu/update/archives/120912/bikes.

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Awards for Faculty Research in International Business

The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) announces its faculty research awards for 2012. This competition is open to all full-time faculty in all University of Michigan schools and departments. For more information contact Brad Farnsworth, CIBER Director, at 936-3917 or at bradleyd@umich.edu. Applications will be accepted until 28 November 2011.

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U-M Faculty Fellowships

Faculty Fellowship

Faculty fellows are released from their usual teaching and service duties to pursue their research while continuing to receive their normal salary and benefits. Faculty fellows take up residence at the institute for the full academic year, participate in the weekly Fellows Seminar, and fulfill a service-to-undergraduates requirement.

Applications due December 2, 2011. For more information, see http://www.lsa.umich.edu/humanities/whatwefund/umfacultyfellowships.

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University of Michigan Eco-Driving Index

The University of Michigan Eco-Driving Index (EDI) is a national index that estimates the average monthly amount of greenhouse gasses produced by an individual U.S. driver who has purchased a new vehicle that month. The amount of greenhouse gasses emitted when using internal-combustion engines depends on the amount of fuel used. The EDI estimates the amount of fuel used (and thus the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted) by taking into account two primary variables: the fuel economy of the vehicle and the distance driven.

The EDI is developed and updated by Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle.

View the Eco-Driving Index at http://www.umich.edu/~umtriswt/ecodriving.html

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SMART Ideas for Urban Transport

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — City populations worldwide are growing faster than transportation systems can be built to move people around. One effort to tackle that problem emerged at U-M, Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation, or SMART. The idea is to create efficient and sustainable ways of moving people by aligning government, private business, and NGOs.

One of SMART’s main approaches is Integrated Hub Networks, where people can access different modes of transport that are linked seamlessly through connection points, or hubs, and receive real-time updates on schedules and availability, perhaps on their mobile phones. In his case study co-authored with SMART’s executive director Sue Zielinski, SMART: Global Urban Mobility Solutions, Ross professor Nigel Melville asks readers to help SMART’s executive director pitch a demonstration pilot to an investment firm. But Melville also likes the case because it encourages people to think about what’s possible. The content touches many disciplines, including management and organizations, information systems, and finance. In this Q & A, Melville, an assistant professor of business information technology, illuminates some of the case’s key takeaways.

Read the full article at http://www.bus.umich.edu/NewsRoom/ArticleDisplay.asp?news_id=21731

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University of Michigan Faculty Awards

The deadline for nominations for the Outstanding GSI Awards and Rackham’s three mentoring awards (the D’Arms, Distinguished Graduate Mentoring, and Masters Mentoring awards) is Monday, January 24, 2011.  The complete guidelines for all award programs are on the Rackham web site at: http://www.rackham.umich.edu/faculty_staff/awards/ (faculty awards are the first item and the Outstanding GSI awards are noted in the third section under “Student Fellowships, Awards, Grants, and Scholarships”). All nominations must be submitted on-line; paper nomination dossiers will not be accepted. For more information on any of the programs, please contact Homer Rose at 734-764-4400 or by email at hcrosejr@umich.edu.

·         JOHN H. D’ARMS AWARDS FOR DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE MENTORING IN THE HUMANITIES (Nominations due Monday, January 24, 2011):  Tenured faculty in the Humanities who have directed a substantial number of dissertations are eligible for these awards which recognize superb scholars who are also exceptional mentors. One or two students in the graduate programs of each faculty recipient will receive an award for summer research travel. For more information, please contact Homer Rose, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, at 764-4400 or by email at hcrosejr@umich.edu.

·         RACKHAM DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE MENTORING AWARDS (Nominations due Monday, January 24, 2011):  Nominees must be tenured faculty members who have advised a substantial number of doctoral students over a number of years. More than one nomination may be submitted per department or program. Because the D’Arms Award specifically recognizes distinguished mentoring in the humanities, this award will typically go to faculty members in fields other than the humanities. For more information, please contact Homer Rose, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, at 764-4400 or by email at hcrosejr@umich.edu.

·         RACKHAM MASTER’S MENTORING AWARDS (Nominations due by Monday, January 24, 2011):  Nominees must be faculty members who have advised a substantial number of Rackham master’s degree students over a number of years. More than one nomination may be submitted from any one program. Nominees may be a tenured or tenure track faculty member, or a faculty member who is a lecturer, or a clinical or research faculty member. Schools, departments and programs are encouraged to recognize that mentoring may take a variety of forms. For more information, please contact Homer Rose, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, at 764-4400 or by email at hcrosejr@umich.edu.

·         OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT INSTRUCTOR (GSI) AWARDS (Nominations due Monday, January 24, 2011):  Eligible students will have completed at least two terms (not necessarily consecutive) as Graduate Student Instructors. The awards honor GSIs who have demonstrated exceptional ability and creativity as teachers, continuous development as teachers, outstanding service as advisors and mentors, and steady growth as scholars. For more information, please contact Homer Rose, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, at 764-4400 or by email at hcrosejr@umich.edu.

Nominations for the Faculty Recognition, University Undergraduate Teaching, and Distinguished Faculty Achievement Awards must be received by Friday, February 21, 2011.

·         FACULTY RECOGNITION AWARDS (Nominations due Friday, February 21, 2011):  Full professors with no more than four years at that rank, associate and assistant professors are eligible for these awards honoring significant achievements in scholarly research and/or creative endeavors, teaching, advising and mentoring, and service to the University. For more information, please contact Homer Rose, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, at 764-4400 or by email at hcrosejr@umich.edu.

·         UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING AWARDS (Nominations due Friday, February 21, 2011):  These awards honor demonstrated excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. Any tenure-track faculty member who has been in the professorial ranks for more than two years is eligible for nomination. For more information, please contact Homer Rose, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, at 764-4400 or by email at hcrosejr@umich.edu.

·         DISTINGUISHED FACULTY ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS (Nominations due Friday, February 21, 2011):  Full or associate professors may be nominated for these awards which honor exceptional achievements in scholarly research and/or creative endeavors, teaching, service and other activities that have brought distinction to the University. For more information, please contact Homer Rose, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, at 764-4400 or by email at hcrosejr@umich.edu.
Finally, nominations for the Distinguished University Professorships are due March 11, 2011 and nominations for the Russel Awards and Russel Lectureship are due March 28, 2011.

·         DISTINGUISHED UNIVERSITY PROFESSORSHIPS (Nominations due March 7, 2011):  These appointments recognize exceptional scholarly and/or artistic achievement, national and international reputation, and superior teaching skills. Each professorship carries with it an annual salary supplement of $5,000 and an annual research supplement of $5,000. The duration of the appointment is unlimited, and the title may be retained after retirement. Only faculty with the rank of full professor may be nominated. Distinguished University Professorships are awarded only to members of the faculty currently in service to the University. For more information, please contact Homer Rose, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, at 764-4400 or by email at hcrosejr@umich.edu.

·         HENRY RUSSEL AWARD (Nominations due March 28, 2011):  Recognizes distinguished scholarship or authorship, creativity in the arts, and conspicuous ability as a teacher. Associate and assistant professors are eligible provided that they have been tenure-track instructional faculty for no more than six years at the time of nomination. For more information, please contact Homer Rose, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, at 764-4400 or by email at hcrosejr@umich.edu.

·         HENRY RUSSEL LECTURESHIP (Nominations due March 28, 2011):  Considered one of the University’s highest honors for a senior member of its faculty, the Henry Russel Lectureship is awarded annually in recognition of a scholar’s exceptional achievements in research and scholarship and/or creative endeavors and an outstanding record of teaching, mentoring, and service. Prior recognition of distinction (such as a Distinguished University Professorship) is expected. Active members of the faculty in any discipline at the rank of professor are eligible. For more information, please contact Homer Rose, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, at 764-4400 or by email at hcrosejr@umich.edu.
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