Thriving in Academia

BME Summer Workshops @ Michigan 

Thriving in Academia: Flourishing in a Culture of Burnout

The goal of the BME Summer Workshops @ Michigan series is to establish the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor as a place to gather, learn, and network – each summer – on important research topics in BME. These workshops will provide a collaborative forum to present current research progress and discuss future research opportunities at the interface of engineering and medicine. “Metabolism & Precision Health: A Biomedical Engineering Workshop,” an interdisciplinary workshop on metabolism and precision medicine, is scheduled for July 25-26, Thursday from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., in the NCRC Building 18 Dining Hall. It is co-sponsored by BME, Precision Health, the Michigan George M. O’Brien Kidney National Resource Center and the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology.

Registration information is available for the second BME Summer Workshops @ Michigan in 2024, “Thriving in Academia: Flourishing in a Culture of Burnout” on Tuesday, August 13.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Angie Farrehi, Ph.D., C.A.R.E. Center, College of Engineering, University of Michigan
  • Shayn Pierce-Cottler, Ph.D., BME Department Chair, University of Virginia
  • Lisa Pruitt, Ph.D., the Lawrence Talbot Professor of Engineering, and Professor of Mechanical and Bioengineering, UC Berkeley

This one-day workshop will provide strategies for supporting positive well-being in academia. The day’s agenda will include mindfulness and yoga sessions, courtesy of Wendy Dolen-Morawa of MHealthy, as well as the opportunity for attendees to engage in an optional creative session of pour painting or a reflective self-guided nature walk.

Schedule of Events

  • 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Registration–Johnson Rooms
  • 9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome
  • 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Angie Farrehi, Ph.D., C.A.R.E. Center, College of Engineering, University of Michigan
  • 10:15 -10:30 a.m. Mindfulness with Wendy Dolen-Morawa (MHealthy)
  • 10:30 -11:30 a.m. Shayn Pierce-Cottler, Ph.D., BME Department Chair, University of Virginia
  • 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Lunch and Conversations
  • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lisa Pruitt, Ph.D., the Lawrence Talbot Professor of Engineering, and Professor of Mechanical and Bioengineering, UC Berkeley
  • 2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Break
  • 2:15 – 2:45 p.m. Well-being Activities
    • Pour Painting (LBME Atrium) with UM artist Dallas Mcghee-Henry
    • Standing Yoga (Johnson Rooms) with Wendy Dolen-Morawa (MHealthy)
    • Self-Guided Nature Walk
  • 2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Break
  • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Parallel Workshops
    • Design to Thrive: Using Life Design to Increase Your Well-being At Work, with Justine Post, Ph.D.
    • Supporting Graduate Student Well-being (Grad Student and Postdoc attendee emphasis) with Angie Farrehi, Ph.D.
    • Coping with Stress and Burnout, provided by a representative of the Campus Mind Works Wellness Groups, a collaboration between the Eisenberg Family Depression Center and College of Engineering C.A.R.E.Center
  • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Reception–LBME      

We will share ongoing schedule updates as they are finalized.

The workshop will include professional development sessions, roundtable discussions, networking, and social activities. It will address topics of burnout, overwork, and stress and offer strategies to support well-being and thriving in academia. Parallel sessions and discussions will focus on cultivating thriving as a leader, cultivating well-being for graduate advisees, and supporting undergraduate student well-being. More details to come as the agenda is finalized.

Please complete and return the form by July 31, 2024, to reserve your spot. For technical questions about the presentations, please contact Karin Jensen at kjens@umich.edu. For general questions, please contact Michele Santillan at mssantil@umich.edu.