Featured Stories

  • 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.

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  • 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
  • Out of the Cold War’s shadow

    Feb 19, 2018

    Ph. D. candidate Michael Hamel tests an augmented reality headset to detect radiation sources in the Nuclear Radiation Laboratory. The Consortium for Verification Technology (CVT), led by Sara A. Pozzi, Ph. D., consists of 12 leading universities and 9 national laboratories, working to provide the R&D and human capital needed to address technology and policy issues in treaty-compliance monitoring.

    Learn about the technology of nuclear nonproliferation
  • CONFRONTING PORGY AND BESS

    Feb 12, 2018

    Ahead of its world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in 2019, the University Musical Society and the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance will present a test performance of the new edition of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” this week. A related, livestreamed symposium will bring community members together to discuss issues of race in the acclaimed, controversial opera.

    Learn more about this historic work
  • War Over Words

    Feb 5, 2018

    U-M’s production of the Middle English Dictionary – arguably one of Michigan’s greatest achievements – was saved by an arrogant young scholar willing to risk his career.

    Learn about this tale of intrigue from 1938
  • Electricity, eel-style

    Jan 29, 2018

    Inspired by the electric eel, a flexible, transparent electrical device could lead to body-friendly power sources for implanted health monitors and medication dispensers, augmented-reality contact lenses and countless other applications.

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  • Successful student innovations continue to evolve

    Jan 22, 2018

    From an app for facilitating end-of-life conversations, to creation of sustainable animal feed to a lactation simulation model to help with breastfeeding, U-M entrepreneurs continue to advance ventures started when they were students. Finding a good source of animal protein using Black Soldier Fly larvae was team Kulisha’s answer to counter the impact of destructive fishing methods.

    Learn more
  • 2018 MLK SYMPOSIUM

    Jan 15, 2018

    With the theme “The Fierce Urgency of Now,” the 2018 MLK Symposium features dozens of events that call us to claim ownership of the challenges we face and not leave them for future generations to address.

    Learn more about these events
  • 3-D printing gets a turbo boost

    Jan 8, 2018

    A major drawback to 3-D printing—the slow pace of the work—could be alleviated through a software algorithm developed at the University of Michigan. The algorithm allows printers to deliver high-quality results at speeds up to two times faster than those in common use, with no added hardware costs.

    Learn more about these new algorithms
  • Floodproofing cities

    Jan 1, 2018

    Smart stormwater systems can reconfigure urban watersheds in real-time to limit flooding and improve water quality. Engineering researchers are working with four communities to test out these networks of autonomous sensors and valves. The technology could potentially save lives and billions of dollars in property damage.

    Learn more about this collaborative research