Featured Stories

  • On the path to sustainability

    Oct 15, 2018

    Anya Sirota, an associate professor of architecture at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and her partner, Jean Louis Farges, run Akoaki, a design studio in Detroit. The team has been working with the Oakland Avenue Urban Farm for nearly four years to develop a vision and “guiding plan” to make it self-sufficient and sustainable.

    Learn more about this urban farm
  • From Foster Care to Fulfillment

    Oct 8, 2018

    Cherish Fields spent many unsettled years moving around in foster care before proudly graduating from the University of Michigan with degrees in sociology and social work. At U-M, Fields was a Blavin Scholar, part of a program for foster children that started in 2006 as a scholarship through the generous financial contributions of Paul and Amy Blavin, a couple with U-M ties.

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  • Landmark achievement

    Oct 4, 2018

    Our amazing and generous donors have made U-M the first public university ever to raise $5 billion in a fundraising campaign. This makes Victors for Michigan the most successful campaign in U-M history. It is also further evidence of the power of the University of Michigan Family, whose generosity makes excellence possible across the breadth of our three campuses and Michigan Medicine.

    Learn more about this fundraising campaign
  • Nobel Prize in Physics

    Oct 2, 2018

    A University of Michigan emeritus professor and laser pioneer has been honored with the world’s most prestigious prize in physics. Gerard Mourou is the A.D. Moore Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He was a faculty member at U-M for 16 years, retiring in 2004.

    Learn more about this honor
  • Getting the Lead Out

    Oct 1, 2018

    Copper or lead? It’s the burning question in Flint as the painstaking process to find, remove and replace lead pipes continues. U-M students and professors, working with the city, helped answer that question with data science that predicts which homes have lead pipes.

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  • Growth Opportunity

    Sep 24, 2018

    By working with the LSA Opportunity Hub last summer, LSA students were able to put their ingenuity and education to work at internships around the country and across the globe.

    Learn more about the Opportunity Hub
  • Urban Biographies, Ancient and Modern

    Sep 17, 2018

    This exhibition now open at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, showcases three classical cities where U-M sponsors field projects: Gabii in Italy, Olynthos in Greece and Notion in Turkey.

    Learn more about this exhibition
  • U-M, Harvard form new partnership

    Sep 12, 2018

    The University of Michigan and Harvard University are forming two new partnerships designed to spur economic mobility and reduce poverty in Detroit, as well as combine resources and expertise in response to the national opioid crisis.

    Learn more about these partnerships
  • Getting ‘smart’ about construction safety

    Sep 10, 2018

    The construction industry, by its nature, can be dangerous. SangHyun Lee, an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, says wearable sensors can improve construction worker safety and also reduce costs through better data on worker health.

    Read the faculty Q&A
  • Welcome Back

    Aug 30, 2018

    The excitement in the air in Ann Arbor is palpable. U-M students are back in town and ready to start the new school year. There are a variety of Welcome Week events happening across campus to help students get back into the swing of things. Go Blue!

    View the Welcome Week 2018 events
  • Battery breakthrough

    Aug 27, 2018

    A rechargeable battery technology developed at the University of Michigan could double the output of today’s lithium ion cells—drastically extending electric vehicle ranges and time between cell phone charges—without taking up any added space.

    Learn more about this lithium metal research
  • Puerto Rico: Networking to power a grid

    Aug 20, 2018

    A team of researchers from U-M, working closely with partners in Puerto Rico, is developing a system to install gasifiers. Their plan is to turn agricultural waste into fuel that will power hybrid microgrids. They expect to use the byproduct of the process, called biochar, to improve soil quality.

    Learn more about this project
  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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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