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Dearborn Discovery Core Evaluations & Recommendations to Faculty Senate Released for Review

In June 2019 the University Curriculum Development Committee of Faculty Senate released its proposed revisions to requirements in the Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC). Faculty members are encouraged to read this DDC summary report and direct their commentaries either to Faculty Senate Chair Bruce Maxim (bmaxim@umich.edu) or to Faculty Senate Secretary Karen Dimanche Davis (kfedavis@umich.edu). Proposed revisions are now being considered by Faculty Senate; voting should be concluded in early March 2020.

Faculty Senate Meeting Dates Set for 2019-2020

During the academic year 2019-2020, Faculty Senate meets monthly on Monday afternoons, 3:30-5:00 pm, in Room 180 Fairlane Center South (FCS). Meetings are open to all faculty members. Meetings are also open to the public, except when the Senate calls for an executive session. Remaining meeting dates are: February 24, March 16, April 13, and May 18. Regular meetings are not held during the months of June, July, and August.

Faculty Congress meets in the Wolverine Room (Dining Room D), FCS, 3:00-5:00 pm, Monday, March 23. This meeting is announced to all faculty members. All UM-Dearborn faculty members are encouraged to attend. The meeting is also open to the public.

Meeting dates, time, and locations for University of Michigan Faculty Assembly, which represents all three campuses, are located on the Faculty Assembly web page. 

Faculty Senate Sponsors Community Read for 2019-2020

Community Read is a program created by the First Year Experience Committee of Faculty Senate (co-chairs Margaret Willard-Traub and Holly Sorscher), and modeled after the Big Read of the National Endowment for the Arts, which has hosted five million participants since 2006. The reading selected  is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. The Community Read web page includes a timeline from 1889 to 2009, as well as a cast of characters and a list of 15 discussion questions.

By now, many people are familiar with the general outline of this slice of American history—how HPV18 cells taken from a 31-year-old mother dying of metastatic cancer, a Black woman from an impoverished family, became the "immortal" HeLa cell line, which has traveled around the world and enabled many crucial scientific advances

However, this well-written report of Skloot's research offers a wealth of engrossing details about the Lacks family, Dr. Gey's laboratory at Johns Hopkins, and the travels of both the family and the HeLa cell line from Henrietta's death in 1951 to 1973, when the family first learned of these cells. Skloot's work also raises questions about ongoing developments in medical, genetic, and business ethics; social justice and law; journalistic practice; and the implications of how voices are privileged along racial and class lines. The book has won several awards, has been adapted into an HBO film, and has itself sparked greatly increased interest in the difficult and immediate ethical issues related to the history it revisits.

The Faculty Senate encourages all faculty members at UM-Dearborn to consider ways in which this book or film, excerpts from the book, or the history can be incorporated into classes across the curriculum, especially those that enroll either first-year or new transfer students. Our hope is that students will have an opportunity to engage with the subject matter from many disciplinary perspectives. Planned co-curricular programming by the Office of Student Life, including faculty panels and an author visit, will support and enrich students' learning in their classes.

Regents Issue Memorial Statements for Two UM-Dearborn Faculty Senators 

At their meeting of December 6, 2018, the UM Regents adopted Memorial Statements for two UM-Dearborn faculty members who died in 2018, Associate Professor Bruce Elenbogen (CECS) and Professor Elsayed Orady (CECS).  Both Elenbogen and Orady were active members of Faculty Senate over a number of years, serving as Senators representing their College and as members of several Senate committees. Orady also served as Senate Chair in 2003-2004, and as Vice Chair in 2010 and 2011. Their memorial statements were framed and presented to their families by Faculty Senate and were published in the Regents minutes for December 6, 2018.

 

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