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  Weekly Internal News
  Week of January 30, 2017


Five Questions!

Stephanie Stenberg

1. What hobbies do you enjoy? When and why did you start doing them?

As Patrick mentioned over donuts, I love going to estate sales. I started going when I bought a house in my second year of law school; it was the best way to get unique, quality furniture, and estate sales usually have great deals on yard equipment. I love the thrill of hunting for new things and (especially) negotiating the price. My favorite finds: a hand-carved walnut desk from the 1880s and a large print from 1924 called The Horse Fair. I recently had the print restored, and it'll be in my office soon. Also, my favorite hobby is hanging out with my family. 

2. What is your favorite season of the year?

Can anything beat Fall in Michigan? Maybe Michigan summers.

3. What is your favorite childhood book?

The Phantom Tollbooth. It's such a clever book, and I remember feeling like I was in on a secret when I read it. One of my favorite things to do is reading books that I loved to my kids. My son, Everett, and I are currently reading the Encyclopedia Brown series.

4. What movie or TV show could you watch over and over and still love?

Arrested Development. My husband, Joe, and I were dating when it was on TV, and we were obsessed. We can still watch it together anytime. I know it's not unique to be an Arrested Development fan, though. There are dozens of us. Dozens!

5. Who is your greatest role model or mentor in life?

My parents, Jeff and Renee. They are kind, smart, fun, and driven. They've modeled how to be a good spouse and parent, and they are very cool people all around.

Thank you, Stephanie, for helping us to get to know fun things about you. Visit the Five Questions Archive on our Intranet.

ORSP Updates

Help Us Identify Noteworthy Federally Funded Projects!

Each year our University of Michigan Washington D.C. Office shares with Congress key projects that illustrate the critical importance of funding for research at U-M. We highlight impactful examples of U-M sponsored projects, funded with Federal research dollars. 

If you know of any particularly noteworthy Federal projects that were active in the past fiscal year (i.e., must have been funded or active prior to June 30, 2016), please let Constance Colthorp know ASAP, and she will further investigate.

Don't hesitate to include anything, even if you think the project has already been mentioned in Michigan Research or promoted in some other way. Thanks!

Flattening a PDF Document

Some PDF documents contain images, headers or digital signatures that may not be fully integrated into the document. These types of PDFs can cause problems in the SF424 documents when running hide/show errors or when trying to validate the application. Additionally, it may prevent the NIH’s eRA Commons from being able to correctly open the files.

See instructions of how to "flatten" a PDF document. It is recommended that you “flatten” all PDF documents that contain images, headers or digital signatures before uploading them into eRPM NIH in order to avoid any potential issues with the submission. 

WoTo News

Tax-Related Identity Theft

January is the kickoff to tax season with W-2s becoming available. Nationwide, we again are seeing an increase in tax-related identity theft. Also, Saturday, January 28, 2017, is Data Privacy Day, an international effort to create awareness about the importance of privacy and protecting personal information. Here are three tips about tax fraud prevention and privacy protection.
  • Beware of Attempts to Steal Your Personal Information - Be careful of phishing emails and websites that try to steal your passwords and other personal information. 
Recommended resources: Tax FraudPhishing & Suspicious EmailDon't Fall for Phish! Game, and Identity Theft
  • Turn on Two-Factor for Weblogin to Protect Your W-2 - Taking this extra login step is the single most important thing you can do to protect your direct deposit information and W-2 in Wolverine Access, as well as your information in Google at U-M, Box at U-M, Canvas, and more.
Recommended resources: Turn on Two-Factor for Weblogin and Video: Your Password Needs a Partner (1:49)
  • Privacy—You are Your Choices - Consider privacy settings and options rather than just accepting the automatic settings on your devices, in your apps, or in services you use.
Recommended resource: Protect Your Privacy

Privacy is a cornerstone of our personal and civil liberties, and it supports the intellectual and academic freedom we enjoy at U-M. Learn more about privacy at U-M in the Privacy section of Safe Computing and in this video: Privacy - We Are Our Choices (2:21).

Winter 2017 Mitten Matching Blood Drive

The inaugural Mitten Matchup (formerly known as Face-Off Blood Challenge) is officially underway!  This winter semester, Michigan State University and The University of Michigan are attempting to raise 2,000 pints of blood. The remaining drives will go through March 1st. Whether you have never donated before or have donated every year, we need your help! Over the past 34 years, the University of Michigan has collected enough blood to potentially save over 650,000 lives, and none of this would have been possible without the donors. Please help us in the continued fight to save lives across the state and country.

Please make an appointment to donate on the American Red Cross website using the sponsor code "goblue" to view all of the drives in the Ann Arbor area. The American Red Cross will give all presenting donors a free Red Cross t-shirt, a coupon from Bruegger's Bagels, and be entered into a raffle to win fun prizes. While supplies last.

The American Red Cross has launched a new tool called RapidPass, which allows donors to help save lives in less time. Please visit the Red Cross RapidPass for more information. 

Please eat iron rich foods and drink plenty of water before you donate blood so that you are healthy on the day of your donation. Keep bleeding maize and blue!

January/February MHealthy Programs

Today, stretching and flexibility programs are one of the basic components of a comprehensive exercise program. Flexibility is needed to perform everyday activities with relative ease. Flexibility tends to deteriorate with age, often due to a sedentary lifestyle. It is important that flexibility training and strength training are never painful - it is optimal to go to the point of slight tension or discomfort (but never pain), and continue to breathe. Stretching should be held for 15 - 60 seconds. Learn more about stretching and flexibility training with this worksheet from MHealthy. Stretching is an important part of every workout - remember to include it as part of your cool down.

Don't forget log in your time and make progress on your 2017 goals from Jan. 10 - Apr. 3 ! Go into 2017 with your plan to move more already set. If you have any questions, see Laura Dickey our M-Healthy representative, or contact MHealthy at mhealthy-well-coord@umich.edu

Loaded Baked Potato Bar

Dawn Curry has graciously organized a luncheon - a loaded Baked Potato Bar to be held:

DateFebruary 14, 2017 
Time: 12:00 noon
Place: 1025 Conference Room

Dawn will bring in the both regular potatoes and sweet potatoes. A reminder for everyone to please sign-up to bring toppings if you haven't already done so.  

WoTo Cook-Off

February Cook-Off. Chefs are needed for the February 16 Wolverine Tower Cook-Off. If you have a special recipe/dish that you would like to put up against other dishes of its kind, here is your chance! Top winners get a $50 gift card. Sign up by February 3 if you wish to be in the cook-off. Once you sign up, you will receive more information. Please email cmgi@umich.edu if you have questions.

Newsletter Ideas: Do you have news to share? Items you would like to see or a few snapshots from your vacation? Or an important announcement for ORSP staff? Great! Please get the copy and/or images to Constance Colthorp and Cindy Dames by Friday at 5pm. Guidelines: Your copy should be semi-complete and cleaned-up with somewhere between 250 and 1000 characters. Also, let us know if anything is time-sensitive and we will help to meet that communication goal. Thank you!
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