Featured Stories


    Jan 17, 2021

    The 2021 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium will feature a different format from past years, but with the same emphasis on the message and lessons of the late civil rights leader. This year’s symposium begins with a keynote at 10 a.m. Jan. 18 and is built around the theme “Where Do We Go From Here?” It is a largely virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Learn more about the 2021 Symposium
  • Mapping quantum structures with light

    Jan 11, 2021

    A new tool that uses light to map out the electronic structures of crystals could reveal the capabilities of emerging quantum materials and pave the way for advanced energy technologies and quantum computers, according to researchers at the University of Michigan, University of Regensburg and University of Marburg.

    Learn more about this research
  • Range-doubling batteries

    Jan 4, 2021

    Lithium metal batteries, capable of doubling the capacity of today’s standard lithium-ion cells, can be built utilizing much of the current battery manufacturing system, a finding from U-M researchers that removes a major hurdle for automakers looking to embrace the next major evolution in energy storage technology for electric vehicles.

    Learn more about this technology
  • In case you missed it

    Dec 28, 2020

    During an unprecedented fall semester, many events, exhibitions and performances at U-M shifted to a virtual format. Many of these creative presentations are still available to enjoy online.

    Part 2 of our recommended holiday break viewing list
  • In case you missed it

    Dec 21, 2020

    During an unprecedented fall semester, many events, exhibitions and performances at U-M shifted to a virtual format. Many of these creative presentations are still available to enjoy online.

    Part 1 of our recommended holiday break viewing list
  • Dentistry during COVID-19

    Dec 14, 2020

    The close proximities and confined spaces of the dental office environment in a pandemic pose a host of potential health risks, and it may be even more problematic in dental schools and other large dental offices with similar cubicle set-ups. It’s a situation U-M engineers have sought to make safer by analyzing the transport of aerosols within the clinics at the School of Dentistry.

    Learn more about this research
  • Young sharks

    Dec 7, 2020

    While business pitch competitions are routine for college and even some high school students, Young Sharks is the first program that exposes elementary school aged children to startups and all the possibilities that can spring from their curiosity and creativity.

    Learn more and view other U-M: Stories of our State
  • Sensor technology aims to extend the life of aging pipelines

    Nov 30, 2020

    U-M researchers are collaborating with the Great Lakes Water Authority and engineering firm Structural Technologies on a pilot project in the Motor City that harnesses the power of smart infrastructure sensors and innovative lining technologies. That combination could bolster the structural integrity of water pipelines and alert the utility ahead of line ruptures.

    Learn more about this pilot project
  • This is how you feed potential

    Nov 23, 2020

    Food insecurity is top of mind these days, thanks to the economic devastation wrought by COVID-19. Feeding America statistics show from the beginning of March 2020 through the end of June, food banks nationwide distributed more than 1.9 billion meals to people facing hunger in the United States.

    Learn more about the Maize & Blue Cupboard
  • chimps prioritize positive relationships

    Nov 16, 2020

    Humans prioritize close, positive relationships during aging, which can support physical and mental health. But these social aging behaviors are also found in wild chimpanzees, who seek interactions with other group members in increasingly positive ways as they get older, according to a new study.

    Learn more about this study
  • Finding belonging on campus

    Nov 10, 2020

    While Lydia Pinkham’s journey to Ann Arbor may be uncommon, the story of how she found success on campus is resoundingly familiar. Pinkham served in the United States Coast Guard as a Petty Officer Machinery Technician Second Class. She was stationed in Seattle, Virginia, and Florida, and deployed for missions to places like the Bering Sea and the Central Pacific along Central and South America.

    Learn more about student veterans
  • Of Splendid Ability

    Nov 3, 2020

    Canadian by birth and a graduate of Flint High School, Mary Henrietta Graham’s accomplishments went far beyond being the first Black woman to enroll at Michigan.

    Learn more about her story
  • Voting counts

    Oct 29, 2020

    Students at the School of Information worked this summer on a project to streamline the absentee voting process at four municipalities in Michigan.

    Learn more about this project
  • U-M satellite city clerk’s office

    Oct 26, 2020

    The UMMA satellite city clerk’s office has been registering between 150 and 200 students per day. As of Oct. 13, more than 2,600 students have registered and more than 2,900 have voted either in person at UMMA or by returning their ballot to the museum’s drop box.

    Learn more about this project
  • Forever marching on

    Oct 19, 2020

    For its 123rd season, the leaders of the Michigan Marching Band have worked to creatively translate its music and traditions to the virtual space, while also keeping community ties strong for its 400 student members at a time when they need it most.

    Learn more about their efforts
  • A table for 12, six feet apart

    Oct 12, 2020

    A group of faculty and students recently created an outdoor, socially distanced instructional space to activate the inner courtyard at the Art and Architecture Building, home of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and Stamps School of Art & Design.

    Learn more about this reimagined outdoor courtyard
  • Prenatal safety net

    Oct 5, 2020

    Despite efforts to improve maternal and children’s health care, preterm birth rates in Michigan have risen five years in a row. Through a partnership with the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine, U-M doctors, residents, nurses, midwives and administrative staff help provide safe and respectful care so new moms and their babies can get the healthy start they need.

    Learn more and view other U-M: Stories of our State
  • Movement science students test latest tech

    Sep 28, 2020

    U-M students in an in-person Kinesiology class use the latest wearable technology to conduct mini-experiments on the body's reaction to wearing a mask during exercise, as part of a course studying many types of health tech devices.

    Learn more about this class
  • Origami microbots

    Sep 21, 2020

    Origami principles can unlock the potential of the smallest robots, enhancing speed, agility and control in machines no more than a centimeter in size. U-M researchers have demonstrated that behavioral rules underpinning the Japanese art of folding can expand the capabilities of these machines, creating potential for greater use in fields as diverse as medical equipment and infrastructure sensing.

    Learn more about this research
  • A parliament of owls

    Sep 14, 2020

    Are you wondering WHOOO took first place and is thereby named the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology’s photographer at large for 2019—2020? Look no further than graduate student John David Curlis, who was on the prowl for owls with camera in tow when this parliament serendipitously peeked from their arboreal nest.

    View the EEB Photographer at Large photos
  • Helping K-5 Students Thrive Online

    Sep 7, 2020

    K-5 teachers and students throughout Michigan are building thriving learning communities online by using free deeply-digital, standards-aligned curricula and platform developed by the U-M Center for Digital Curricula. The center’s highly-interactive, inquiry-oriented, colorful, visual curricula engages students and supports synchronous collaboration, whether they are at home or at their school.

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  • Wolverine Culture of Care

    Aug 29, 2020

    To provide the best campus experience possible in the context of this historic threat to the health and well-being of all, we understand that consistently making safe and healthy choices to keep the entire community as safe as possible is a collective responsibility shared by students, faculty, staff and Ann Arbor residents.

    View the commitment
  • Transparent solar panels for windows

    Aug 24, 2020

    In a step closer to skyscrapers that serve as power sources, a team led by University of Michigan researchers has set a new efficiency record for color-neutral, transparent solar cells.

    Learn more about this new carbon-based design
  • Sticking the landing on Mars

    Aug 17, 2020

    During descent, exhaust plumes fluidize surface soil and dust, forming craters and buffeting the lander with coarse, abrasive particles. This action presents a host of variables that can jeopardize a landing. Our current understanding of those millions of interactions is based on data that is, in some cases, 40 to 50 years old.

    Learn about new high-powered computer simulations
  • Safe, Prepared and Ready to Go Blue!

    Aug 10, 2020

    All U-M students who are returning to campus this fall are following a series of new protocols and making a commitment to care for themselves while respecting the health of others. Important safety measures include enhanced social distancing, pre-arrival testing, and test, isolation and quarantine plans.

    View FAQs about preparing for fall