1. Wolverine Caucus: Re-Opening Michigan: Operating safely and efficiently amid the pandemic

    Mark Rivett posted May 22, 2020

    Friday, May 22, 2020

    Via Zoom
    10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

    Public Engagement Artice and Video Here

    The coronavirus pandemic creates a set of complex, unanticipated challenges for businesses and organizations. The Wolverine Caucus will feature Dr. Scott Page and his partnership with the MI Economic Growth Institute working to assist with planning a safe reopening for businesses, municipalities and other organizations. Dr. Page's guidelines are intended for both leaders and teams in structuring work flow to reduce physical contacts, and for team members wanting to create work lives that maintain a shared sense of mission in spite of limitations or prohibitions on physical connections. Bruce Barron will provide his experiences and how his company is utilizing UM resources to ensure Barron Industries Inc. has a public health informed re-opening.

    Dr. Page's guidelines are intended for both leaders and teams in structuring work flow to reduce physical contacts, and for team members wanting to create work lives that maintain a shared sense of mission in spite of limitations or prohibitions on physical connections.

    Dr. Scott Page,
    John Seely Brown Distinguished University Professor of Complexity, Social Science, and Management

    Scott Page is the John Seely Brown Distinguished University Professor of Complexity, Social Science, and Management at the University of Michigan. He is also the Williamson family Professor of Business Administration, professor of management and organizations, Stephen M. Ross School of Business; professor of political science, professor of complex systems, and professor of economics, LSA.

    Scott is also an external faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute. In addition to his departmental appointments, Scott holds a faculty associate position at the Institute for Social Research.

    In addition to his academic pursuits, Scott is a highly sought after speaker and frequently gives talks on complex systems to non academic audiences on diversity and on complexity and has consulted on projects ranging from the possibility of panic at Y2K and the demand for movies, to the economic impact of the World Cup.

    Vikesh Chandrashekar,
    Project Manager, Economic Growth Institute

    Vikesh Chandrashekar is a Project Manager at the Economic Growth Institute at the University of Michigan. Under the First Customer Program he supports tech entrepreneurs and start-ups across Michigan by addressing critical gaps in technology commercialization and new-customer acquisition. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Masters in Industrial and Operations Engineering after completing his B.E in Mechanical Engineering.

    Bruce Barron,
    President and CEO, Barron Industries Inc.

    A 1983 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a BS in Chemistry. Started career with the Stepan Chemical Company in Northfield, IL before joining the family metal casting and machining business, Barron Industries, in Oxford, MI in 1984.

    Over 35 years of metalcasting and machining experience in sales, engineering, operations and Senior level management. Former Chairman of the Investment Casting division of the American Foundryman’s society, member of the Investment Casting Institute, Vice-Chair of the Oakland Schools Regional Advisory Committee.

    Currently serving on the boards of the Catholic Foundation of Michigan, St Catherine of Siena Academy and past Board Chair of Notre Dame Prep and Marist Academy in Pontiac MI.

  2. Wolverine Caucus: COVID-19: Is It’s Grip Loosening? When Can We Go Back To Work?

    Mark Rivett posted May 8, 2020

    Friday, May 8th, 2020

    Via Zoom
    10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

    Public Engagement Artice and Video Here

    The state of Michigan and Covid-19: UM School of Public Health and Michigan Medicine Pandemic Experts discuss regional and county trajectories of the spread and the role of data in guiding the reactivation of Michigan’s economy.

    Vikas Parekh
    Associate Chief Clinical Officer, Michigan Medicine;
    Associate Vice Chair, Inpatient and Hospital Operations, Professor of Internal Medicine

    Vikas I. Parekh, MD is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Michigan where he is the Associate Chief Clinical Officer for Medical, Emergency and Psychiatry Services and System Medical Director for Capacity Management. He also serves as Assistant Chair for Clinical Programs for Internal Medicine and was Associate Director of the Hospitalist Program until September 2017 when he transitioned out of that role. In these roles he provides executive physician leadership to the adult hospital’s medical units, emergency department and psychiatry units. In addition, he guides the hospital’s work on readmissions, capacity management and leads an operational analytics team working to optimize patient flow in our health system. He also has oversight of the department of internal medicine’s inpatient services which admit over 25,000 patients/year. Dr. Parekh is a graduate of the Harvard Medical School and completed his residency training at the University of Michigan. Nationally he is past-chair of the Society of Hospital Medicine’s (SHM) Academic Committee and Education Committee. He is also a member of the council for the Association of Specialty Professors (ASP) in the Alliance of Academic Internal Medicine. He was also co-chair and co-founder of the Society of General Internal Medicine’s (SGIM) Academic Hospitalist Task Force for 5 years. He is the co-director of the Academic Hospitalist Academy. Dr. Parekh has won several teaching awards including the Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize, the Special Recognition Award for Contributions to the House Officer Teaching Program and the H. Marvin Pollard Award, the Department of Medicine’s highest award for resident teaching and was inducted into the Medical School’s League of Educational Excellence in 2015.

    Marisa Eisenberg
    Associate Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health

    Marisa Eisenberg received her PhD and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2009. She then spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow studying mathematical biology at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute at Ohio State University, before joining the faculty at University of Michigan as an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology.

    Emily Martin, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health

    Emily Martin is an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Martin’s laboratory focuses on the molecular epidemiology of viral and bacterial pathogens, including a specific focus on persistent and co-infecting pathogens. She conducts infectious disease studies in hospital and outpatient settings and has a particular interest in severe infections and outcomes in individuals with chronic conditions. Dr. Martin currently participates in two CDC-funded US Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness networks based in ambulatory care and hospital settings.

    Rick Neitzel, Associate Chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Associate Professor of Global Public Health & Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health

    Rick Neitzel is an exposure scientist whose research focuses on the characterization of exposures to noise, heavy metals and other ototoxins, psychosocial stressors, and injury risk factors, as well as a range of adverse health effects associated with these exposures. His work, and the work of his team in the UM Exposure Research lab, takes place in occupational and community settings both domestically and abroad. He is particularly interested in incorporating new methodologies and exposure sensing technologies into research, and also has a strong interest in translating his research findings into occupational and public health practice. He directs the UM Risk Science and Human Health Certificate program, and is also Director of the Pilot Project Research Grant Program of the UM Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering.

  3. Wolverine Caucus: Taking the Pulse of Local Government Leaders on Fiscal Health: Slow Recovery From the Great Recession Poses Concerns About the Future

    Mark Rivett posted February 11, 2020

    Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

    MI Senate Binsfeld Office Building
    5th floor, room 5550, 201 Townsend St, Lansing, MI 48933
    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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    Public Engagement and Impact Article Here

    The Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) has been tracking Michigan local government fiscal health since it was launched near the end of the Great Recession in 2009. This presentation will highlight long term fundamental trends identified in the surveys, including a slow and halting recovery since the Recession, along with local leaders’ concerns about the future. The MPPS is conducted by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) at U-M’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, in partnership with the Michigan Association of Counties, Michigan Municipal League, and Michigan Townships Association. It is the nation’s only census-style survey of every unit of general purpose local government across an entire state, and routinely receives responses from more than 70% of Michigan’s local governments..

    Tom Ivacko, Interim Director of CLOSUP

    Tom Ivacko joined CLOSUP at its founding in the fall of 2001 and currently serves as interim director of the Center. He also oversees the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) program and has been a co-author on more than 75 MPPS publications covering a wide range of state and local government policy topics. He previously served as study manager, program manager and administrator for 11 years with the American National Election Studies at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. Outside of work, Tom serves as a board member and past president of a nature area non-profit organization that focuses on stewardship and elementary school environmental educational opportunities in Ann Arbor, MI. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in public administration, both from the University of Michigan.

    Debra Horner, Project Manager of CLOSUP

    Debra Horner is a project manager in U-M’s Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) where she helps run the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS) program, an ongoing annual survey of local government officials across the state. In addition, she directs the undergraduate internship program for U-M’s Political Science Department and periodically teaches a course on Michigan politics and policy at the Ford School. She received her doctorate in Political Science from the University of Michigan and has experience with survey research projects both in academia and in the private sector. Debra’s primary areas of research focus on individuals’ political attitudes and political participation, as well as policymaking at the state and local levels in Michigan.