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Friday, January 13th

Did you know that Paraskavedekatriaphobia means fear of Friday the 13th?  But what about a word for fear of deadlines...

Today is the last day to submit your short-term seed pilot project grants!  And the deadline of January 23rd is quickly approaching for the Center Scientist applications. Please read more about the Center Scientist position below!

Thank you to all who have worked so hard on this year's progress report.  We could not do this without your hard work and support!

Please contact Michelle Daoud at for items to would like included in our bi-monthly M-LEEaD Newsletter.

Notice: Request for Applications
The Michigan Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Center announces support to initiate new research projects or to extend existing projects that aim to define, explain, or mitigate impacts of environmental exposures during vulnerable stages of life. Projects that aim to include, develop, or expand research-community partnerships are encouraged. Additional information about the M-LEEaD Center and this Pilot Project Program can be found on the Center’s website (

Traditional Pilot Project Grants

Funding Period: April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018
Budgets should be prepared with a start date of April 1, 2017 and an end date of March 31, 2018. Awarded funds must be spent by the end of the funding period.

Eligibility: Any member of the University of Michigan Faculty (tenure-track or research track) is eligible to apply for this support. A proposal should have only a single PI.

Amount:  We estimate that 4-6 awards will be made of $25,000-$50,000 each.

Deadlines: Final grant applications - on or before 5:00 p.m. February 06, 2017
Please follow this link for more details.  Applications should be submitted electronically through the M-LEEaD website at (

Accepting Applications:
Center Scientist Announcement
The Center Scientist position provides special mentorship experiences to an early stage investigator and includes a contribution to salary and benefits. The Center Scientist is expected to engage in research that addresses the goals of the M-LEEaD Center to define, explain, or mitigate impacts of environmental exposures during vulnerable stages of life.  Center Scientists complete formal rotations with each of the core facility leaders (Exposure Assessment, Integrated Health Sciences, and Omics and Bioinformatics) and with the Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC), gaining breadth of expertise in environmental health sciences approaches and learning the crucial role of community engagement. Center Scientists also work with a core leader to plan and execute an M-LEEaD workshop or other training program. The M-LEEaD Career Development Program encourages Center Scientist participation in career development programs at MICHR, including the MICHR K award grant writing workshop.  Center Scientists prepare short quarterly reports and meet regularly with the M-LEEaD Career Development Program leader.  Through engagement in these activities, M-LEEaD Center Scientists are provided opportunities for advanced training in environmental statistics, omics-related bioinformatics, research integrity and certification, professional development for teaching and service, seminar presentations, and attendance at national meetings.

Center Scientist Announcement

The Michigan Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Center is accepting applications for 1 or 2 Center Scientists.  Please send this information those who would like to apply. 

January 23, 2017

An award of $30,000 supports salary and benefits of the Center Scientist for one year. It is anticipated that 1 or 2 awards will be made.

The expected start date of support is April 1, 2017 with an end date of March 31, 2018.

Eligible applicants can be current postdoctoral trainees or research fellows.  Junior faculty appointed as assistant professor, assistant research professor, clinical assistant professor, or assistant research scientist with less than two years in rank may also apply.  Members of the M-LEEaD Center are encouraged to identify candidates.

Please follow this link to download the complete announcement.

The MUSE Organizing Committee* invites you to participate in the inaugural Michigan University-wide Sustainability and Environment (MUSE) conference and workshop, February 9-10, 2017, on campus at the Palmer Commons. The purpose of the gathering is to foster connections and new collaborations across the broad suite of sustainability and environment-related research at the University of Michigan. It welcomes involvement from all those advancing knowledge on related topics, including those in the humanities and the social, physical, natural, and engineering sciences. MUSE will bring together graduate students along with University leadership, faculty, and research fellows for a mixture of interdisciplinary lectures, panel discussions, poster sessions, and network- and skill-building activities. Registration for the conference is now open! Registration is free, but space is limited, so please register only if you plan to attend the full conference on Feb. 9-10. To view the preliminary conference program, click here. The opening lecture on Feb. 9 is open to the public and does not require registration.

The registration deadline is Friday, January 20. Click here to register. For more information, please go to the conference website:

For questions concerning the MUSE conference, please write to

*MUSE Organizing Committee:


Maryam Arbabzadeh (SNRE)

James Arnott (SNRE)

Samantha Basile (CLASP)

Megan Czerwinski (Nursing)

Jennifer Carman (SNRE)

Sedona Chinn (Communication Studies)

Paul Glaum (EEB)

Alison King (SNRE)

Joseph Krieger (SNRE)

Neil Lewis, Jr. (Psychology)

Sara Meerow (SNRE)

Fabian Neuner (Political Science)

Lizz Ultee (CLASP)

Reminder to Cite the Center Grant

Per NIH grants policy, all publications, press releases, and other documents relevant to research funded by the center must include a specific acknowledgement of support. For the EHS Core Center, this statement may read:

“Support for this research was provided by grant P30ES017885 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.”


Upcoming Events:

WHO: Detlef Knappe (North Carolina State University)

WHAT: 1,4-Dioxane in Cape Fear River Basin, North Carolina
Environmental Research Seminar speakers

WHEN: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 12-1 pm

Please contact Meredith McGehee for more information.

WHO: Laura Rozek (UM SPH EHS and Nutritional Science)

WHAT:  Cadmium and telomere length
Environmental Research Seminar speakers

WHEN: Tuesday, January 31, 2017  12-1 pm

Please contact Meredith McGehee for more information.

Chris Black (10x Genomics, Pleasanton, CA) & Bob Lyons (Director, University of Michigan DNA Sequencing Core)

Hosted by Jun Li, PhD and Evan Keller, DVM, PhD

WHAT: Single‐cell genomic analysis: ChromiumTM system and U‐M Core services

WHEN: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
4:00 PM

5915 Buhl classroom
1241 Catherine St.

WHO: Amy Herring, ScD, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health

WHAT: Environmental Statistics Seminar
Univ of MI M-LEEad Integrated Health Sciences Core

WHEN: Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Please contact Meredith McGehee for more information.

WHO: To be announced

WHAT: University of Michigan 22nd Annual Environmental Health Sciences Research Symposium

WHEN: March 24, 2017

WHERE: 1755 SPH1

Theme:  Organizational vs. activational aspects
Cheryl Walker 
Emily Oken   (cosponsored by human nutrition and EHS P30)
Theme:  Epigenetics / Transgenerational
Kelle Moley 
Barbara Cohn 
Theme:  Interventions
Tracy Bale 
Teresa Powell

WHAT:  The developmental origin of metabolic dysfunctions Symposium

WHEN: Monday, October 9, 2017

WHERE: Kahn Auditorium

Events can also be found on the M-LEEaD website.


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