University of Michigan: Researcher discovers “Galileo manuscript” forgery

University of Michigan: Researcher discovers “Galileo manuscript” forgery. “After an internal investigation of the findings of a Georgia State University professor of history, the University of Michigan Library has concluded that its ‘Galileo manuscript’ — for almost a century considered one of the jewels of the library’s collection — is not a document written by Galileo himself in 1609 and 1610 but a 20th-century fake, most likely executed by the well-known forger Tobia Nicotra.”

University of Michigan: U-M Black student database through 1970 is now public

University of Michigan: U-M Black student database through 1970 is now public. “A new public database of African American students created by the University of Michigan documents students who attended U-M between 1853 and as recently as 1970. A comprehensive compilation of this nature did not previously exist at the university and remains very rare for universities across the country. In the process, hundreds of compelling stories have been uncovered surrounding segregated housing, relocation after slavery and ‘segregation scholarships,’ which originated in the 1920s.”

Michigan Daily: LEO-GLAM demonstrates on the Diag to raise support during ongoing negotiations

Michigan Daily: LEO-GLAM demonstrates on the Diag to raise support during ongoing negotiations . “Members of the Galleries, Librarians, Archivists and Museums (GLAM) subunit of the Lecturers’ Employee Organization (LEO) at the University of Michigan staged a protest on all three U-M campuses on Thursday afternoon. Approximately 100 LEO-GLAM members gathered on the Diag to rally support for their ongoing contract bargaining process with the University.”

XOXO, The PNM Princess: the rise of anonymous social media during the UMich sorority rush cycle (Michigan Daily)

Michigan Daily: XOXO, The PNM Princess: the rise of anonymous social media during the UMich sorority rush cycle. “Among the numerous sorority recruitment [Yik Yak users] is one recurring name — The PNM Princess. Described by many students as the ‘Gossip Girl’ or ‘Radio Rebel’ of sorority recruitment, The PNM Princess has a Reddit account she has been using to post somewhat confrontational statements about the Michigan sorority recruitment process and her individual desire — or lack thereof — to join each house.”

‘I feel disrespected overall by the administration’: UMich students face long waits, difficulties with quarantine and isolation policies (The Michigan Daily)

The Michigan Daily: ‘I feel disrespected overall by the administration’: UMich students face long waits, difficulties with quarantine and isolation policies. “When LSA freshman Ruide Xu — who lives in South Quadrangle residence hall — tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, his first thought was to contact the quarantine housing hotline — only to be met with no response after multiple calls and emails….Eventually, Xu said he was able to contact a representative from the U-M Division of Public Safety and Security but was informed that he was not on the quarantine housing list despite being enrolled as a student living on campus who tested positive for COVID-19.”

Michigan Daily: UMich moves forward with in-person classes starting Jan. 5, updates safety measures

Michigan Daily: UMich moves forward with in-person classes starting Jan. 5, updates safety measures. “​​The University of Michigan plans to move ahead with in-person classes starting January 5, according to a Tuesday email from University President Mark Schlissel and University Provost Susan Collins. Additional public health measures — such as requiring proof of vaccinations or a negative COVID-19 test for all on-campus performances and athletic events — will also be implemented, according to the email.”

Michigan Daily: Over 700 UMich students send open letter advocating for fully in-person semester amid calls to modify plans

Michigan Daily: Over 700 UMich students send open letter advocating for fully in-person semester amid calls to modify plans. “Over 700 University of Michigan students have penned an open letter calling for the University to keep its plan for the Winter 2022 semester – which includes a face covering mandate, mandatory COVID-19 booster shots, and primarily in-person classes. The letter, dated Dec. 22, comes after over 900 members of the University community wrote an open letter to University President Mark Schlissel to delay in-person learning in response to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. ”

Michigan Daily: UMich to require booster shots on all campuses after first student omicron case identified in Ann Arbor

Michigan Daily: UMich to require booster shots on all campuses after first student omicron case identified in Ann Arbor. “In an email to the campus community Friday, University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel announced all Ann Arbor faculty, staff and students, including Michigan Medicine employees covered by the U-M vaccination policy, must receive a booster shot for COVID-19 by Feb. 4 or as soon as they are eligible to receive an additional dose. According to the University Record, all students, faculty and staff on the Flint and Dearborn campuses will also be required to receive a booster shot.”

Michigan Daily: UMich reports significant increase in COVID-19 cases, other illnesses spurred by maskless gatherings

Michigan Daily: UMich reports significant increase in COVID-19 cases, other illnesses spurred by maskless gatherings. “Student cases of COVID-19 at the University of Michigan have risen significantly over the past week, U-M officials said in an update released Tuesday to the University’s COVID-19 dashboard. Since Oct. 31, the University has reported 247 cases of COVID-19. Over the same period, 7,024 people received COVID-19 tests, yielding a positivity rate of 3.5%. University President Mark Schlissel first drew attention to the rising case counts in an email to the campus community sent Friday. ”

University of Michigan Museum of Art: New Online Exhibition Asks UMMA’s Instagram Followers To Rethink Border Neutrality

University of Michigan Museum of Art: New Online Exhibition Asks UMMA’s Instagram Followers To Rethink Border Neutrality. “[Alexis] Herrera, a U-M School of Information graduate student, developed Contingent Perimeters: Infrastructure, Technology, and the (Re)Production of the U.S.–Mexico Border, an online exhibition of photographs, sculptures, and other media from six contemporary artists (Yaritza Flores Bustos, Gloria Martinez-Granados, Hillary Mushkin, M. Jenea Sanchez, David Taylor, and Alex Turner). He wanted to use art to explore questions around borders, immigration, and racialization.”

The Michigan Daily: UMich librarians, archivists and curators reach formal bargaining recognition

From The Michigan Daily, which is a paper I recently discovered and I’m enjoying a lot: UMich librarians, archivists and curators reach formal bargaining recognition . “On July 18, librarians, archivists and curators (LACs) on all three University of Michigan campuses were formally recognized as a bargaining unit within the Lecturers Employee Organization, the union of non-tenure-track faculty on all three campuses at the University. The LEO communications committee wrote that this new unit will be called LEO-GLAM, which stands for galleries, libraries, archives and museums, to reflect the heritage and environments in which most LACs work.”

Crain’s Detroit Business: University of Michigan, Michigan Medicine, MSU to require COVID-19 vaccination for all staff, students

Crain’s Detroit Business: University of Michigan, Michigan Medicine, MSU to require COVID-19 vaccination for all staff, students. “The University of Michigan and its health system, Michigan Medicine, announced Friday it will require all staff and students to be vaccinated for COVID-19. East Lansing-based Michigan State University followed later in the day with a similar mandate of its own as concern grows about the delta variant of COVID-19.”

University of Michigan: New website answers Michiganders’ questions about expanded Child Tax Credit

University of Michigan: New website answers Michiganders’ questions about expanded Child Tax Credit. I skimmed this site and saw nothing that was Michigan-specific. It looks useful for anyone with questions about this credit. “The first step to receive the tax credit is to file taxes for 2020, and the tax filing deadline is extended to May 17 this year. Parents of children under 18 may be eligible to receive this money, even if they have not previously filed taxes and have low or no earnings. Visit the Child Tax Credit: What You Need to Know website to learn more about eligibility for the expanded tax credit and see answers to frequently asked questions.”

University of Michigan: New crowdsourced project to digitize Michigan lake and fish records, looking for climate trends

University of Michigan: New crowdsourced project to digitize Michigan lake and fish records, looking for climate trends. “University of Michigan researchers will enlist the help of citizen scientists in a new project to digitize thousands of historical records—some dating back more than a century—about Michigan inland lake conditions and fish abundances. Scientists will feed the digitized data into computer models to study the impacts of climate change and other factors on the fish in Michigan’s inland lakes.”