Featured Stories

  • Historic Fish Tales

    Aug 13, 2018

    A family fishery run by U-M alumnus, Nels Carlson, monitors the health of the Great Lakes. Today, the 2005 graduate of U-M’s School of Environment & Sustainability, is using lessons from his student research days to add to and enhance the work he does as the fifth-generation owner of the fishery.

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  • Milkweed and carbon dioxide levels

    Aug 6, 2018

    A new study conducted at the University of Michigan reveals a previously unrecognized threat to monarch butterflies: Mounting levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide reduce the medicinal properties of milkweed plants that protect the iconic insects from disease.

    Learn more about this previously unrecognized threat
  • Three babies, two helmets, one success story

    Jul 30, 2018

    Taking home three healthy daughters born three months early at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in March 2016 was a gift as it was, but after two of the three girls were diagnosed with plagiocephaly, a flattening of the head, a few months later, their parents Victoria and Kody Buursma were grateful for yet another gift: a helmet therapy invented at the University of Michigan.

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  • Great Lakes Safety

    Jul 23, 2018

    As much as seeking out the waters of the Great Lakes is a cherished tradition across Michigan, it can also be a dangerous pursuit that ends in hundreds of drownings and rescues each year. After nearly drowning, U-M communicator Jamie Racklyeft turned survivor guilt into action.

    Learn more about deadly rip currents
  • Art Fair

    Jul 16, 2018

    Art lovers will once again fill the streets of Ann Arbor at the Ann Arbor Art Fair, which runs July 19–22, 2018. The University of Michigan welcomes one and all to its many museums, gallery exhibitions and tours on campus. All of the noted activities and exhibitions are free and open to the public.

    Find art on campus
  • Tomorrow’s transportation—today

    Jul 9, 2018

    In June, Mcity launched the Mcity Driverless Shuttle, the first such project in the U.S. focused primarily on user-behavior research and data collection. The project uses two fully automated, 11-passenger, all-electric shuttles to cover a roughly one-mile round-trip.

    Learn more about the future of connected and automated transportation
  • Growing algae for biofuel

    Jul 2, 2018

    A diverse mix of species improves the stability and fuel-oil yield of algal biofuel systems, as well as their resistance to invasion by outsiders, according to the findings of a federally funded outdoor study by University of Michigan researchers.

    Learn more about this large-scale experiment
  • Forging light out of darkness

    Jun 25, 2018

    In a program facilitated by U-M faculty and staff, Washtenaw County young adults and local community members living with dementia have been united this past year to create seasonal public art installations centering on the themes of ‘light’ and ‘growth.’ Learn about how this community classroom uses art to bridge generational divides and the struggles associated with living with dementia.

    Read about this community art project
  • Birds in the Library

    Jun 18, 2018

    To have a great library, the fledgling University of Michigan needed a great book. Regent Zina Pitcher had just the one in mind in 1838.

    Learn about the University Library's first purchase
  • Where’s the balcony?

    Jun 11, 2018

    For the first time in its 18-year history, and by popular demand, Shakespeare in the Arb will present “Romeo and Juliet.” Learn about the challenge of performing this audience favorite without its usual urban backdrop.

    Read The Story
  • Astronomy Artist

    Jun 4, 2018

    LSA alumnus José Francisco Salgado uses photography and film to bring astronomy to new audiences and inspire them to learn more about the science behind what they see.

    Read The Story
  • IMAX bulbs simulate the sun

    May 28, 2018

    You don’t get to swim in the sun’s atmosphere unless you can prove you belong there. And the Parker Solar Probe’s Faraday cup, a key sensor aboard the $1.5 billion NASA mission launching this summer, earned its stripes by enduring testing in a homemade contraption designed to simulate the sun.

    Learn more about the Solar Environment Simulator
  • New medical devices help doctors with disabilities

    May 20, 2018

    Instead of using a traditional stethoscope or otoscope to examine a patient, one physician-in-training at the University of Michigan uses a new device, with a long, flexible wire and camera at its tip. A live video feed plays important diagnostic information back on her cell phone.

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  • Three Centuries of Innovation

    May 14, 2018

    The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well at the University of Michigan, and the new Made at Michigan report shows how student entrepreneurs are bringing their ideas to life. From food assistance to improved biopsy procedures to "conscious consumerism" in fashion, U-M students are innovating into the next century and beyond.

    Learn more about Made at Michigan
  • Longer-lasting roads and bridges

    May 7, 2018

    A new, open-access recipe for ultra high-performance concrete developed by U-M Professor Sherif El-Tawil relies on off-the-shelf ingredients and could one day make potholes a thing of the past.

    Learn more about this research
  • HAIL! CLASS OF 2018

    Apr 28, 2018

    Congratulations to all of the U-M students who earned their degrees this spring. Students received their diplomas during Spring Commencement at Michigan Stadium on April 28. Other graduation ceremonies are being held across campus through May 11. #MGoGrad

    View the commencement image gallery
  • ‘Everything-repellent’ coating could kidproof phones, homes

    Apr 23, 2018

    In an advance that could grime-proof phone screens, countertops, camera lenses and countless other everyday items, a materials science researcher at U-M has demonstrated a smooth, durable, clear coating that swiftly sheds water, oils, alcohols and, yes, peanut butter. Called “omniphobic” in materials science parlance, the new coating repels just about every known liquid.

    Learn more about this research
  • M-Air First Flight

    Apr 16, 2018

    M-Air is a new outdoor fly lab for testing autonomous aerial vehicles at the University of Michigan. It lets researchers and students safely push algorithms and equipment to their limits. M-Air is a netted, four-story complex situated next to the site where the Ford Motor Company Robotics Building will open in late 2019.

    Learn more about this new outdoor fly lab
  • Making Science Visible

    Apr 9, 2018

    The Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design offers a course created and taught by Professor Brad Smith called Making Science Visible that is an introduction to science illustration – and so much more. Scores of students look forward to enrolling once they have completed prerequisite classes that prepare them to draw and design visual narratives.

    Learn more about this collaboration with the U-M Museum of Zoology
  • Professor Ford

    Apr 2, 2018

    In the spring of 1977, hundreds of U-M students encountered a new faculty member: Gerald R. Ford, 38th president of the United States and adjunct professor of political science.

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  • An Integrated Life

    Mar 26, 2018

    History alumnus Lyman T. Johnson was the grandson of four former slaves. Born and educated in the Jim Crow South, he integrated the University of Kentucky in 1949—five years before Brown v. Board of Education.

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  • Poultry, People and Pathogens

    Mar 19, 2018

    U-M researchers have been studying production chicken farming practices in rural Ecuador. The research is part of a larger, longitudinal study that seeks to understand how new highways have affected the epidemiology in the area.

    Learn more about this research
  • Coastal care

    Mar 12, 2018

    Several lake towns along the state’s western edge have faced costly damage to their beaches and structures because of fluctuating Great Lakes water levels. U-M researchers are part of a program that trains local officials in coastal management and helps them better understand the threats posed by climate change and building in floodplains.

    Learn more about this work on our state’s west coast
  • Faculty public engagement

    Mar 5, 2018

    For some U-M faculty, using social media is a valuable form of public engagement that has helped them influence journalists and policymakers, conduct research, connect with others and gain professional opportunities.

    Learn more about our social savvy faculty
  • Finding a sense of place

    Feb 26, 2018

    Residents and volunteers are busy working overtime cleaning the debris caused by a recent storm that destroyed dozens of homes and the association headquarters of Ocupacão Anchieta, a four-year-old land occupation in Brazil once used as an illegal dumping site.

    Learn more about how U-M students and Brazilians are working together