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June 28, 2011
Eighth-graders from the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians recently attended Camp KinoMaage at the U-M Biological Station to explore science and culture. During a dig at a 1,500-year-old site where ancestors of the Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians once lived, the students uncovered bits of pottery, animal bones and stone tools.
Photo: Dana Sitzler, Office of the Vice President for Government Relations
June 27, 2011
Aaron King, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and of mathematics, studies the relationships that develop over time among humans and diseases. His current research on the resurgence of whooping cough could help public health experts target vaccination programs to people most likely to become infected and spread the disease to others.
June 24, 2011
It all started in 2001 when U-M Residential College faculty member Kate Mendeloff directed an outdoor production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream“ as part of a grant for Arts in the Arb. It was such a success that “Shakespeare in the Arb” is now an annual tradition. This year’s production, “The Winter’s Tale,” runs through June 26.
June 23, 2011
U-M researchers have demonstrated for the first time how memory circuits in the brain refine themselves in a living organism through two distinct types of competition between cells. Their results mark a step forward in the search for the causes of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, autism and schizophrenia.
June 22, 2011
Dr. Stewart Wang, a professor of surgery, has been conducting monthly crash reviews since 1998. The International Center for Automotive Medicine that he founded and directs recently opened new facilities on U-M’s medical campus to foster collaborative research combining trauma medicine, state-of-the-art computer analysis and automotive engineering.
Photo: Scott C. Soderberg, U-M Photo Services
June 21, 2011
The Ross School of Business is considered a leader in research and academic programming devoted to sustainable enterprise. Its LEED Silver-certified building even has green roofs that filter rainfall as part of a storm-water management system, insulate the building, and improve air quality by trapping dust and dirt.
June 20, 2011
Two U-M biomedical engineering students have designed an inexpensive and simple way to fabricate a child restraint seat. The “M-SEAT” has passed the nation’s highest standards for rear- and front-facing impact testing. They plan to give away the validated design to encourage the use child safety restraints in developing countries.
Photo: Marcin Szczepanski, Communications and Marketing Department, College of Engineering
June 17, 2011
The Ann Arbor Summer Festival starts June 17 and runs through July 10. More than 100 events including music, dance, comedy, film, theater, circus and street arts, and family entertainment will take over several sites across the U-M campus and downtown Ann Arbor.
Photo: Myra Klarman
June 16, 2011
Using the deepest X-ray image ever taken, U-M Associate Professor of Astronomy Marta Volonteri and her colleagues have found the first direct evidence that massive black holes were common in the early universe.
June 15, 2011
According to Donald Scavia, a U-M professor of natural resources and environment and civil and environmental engineering, extreme flooding of the Mississippi River this spring is expected to result in the largest ever Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” — an oxygen-depleted area where marine life cannot survive.
Photo: Graphic courtesy of NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
June 14, 2011
An architecture graduate student presents her plan for a multiplex theater during end-of-year reviews at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Both undergraduate and graduate architecture students regularly present their design studio work to faculty and fellow students for critiques throughout the year.
June 13, 2011
Professor Gary Glick is moving his U-M spinoff, Lycera, into the North Campus Research Complex. The biopharmaceutical company, which develops novel oral medicines for treating autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, was attracted to that location due to the many opportunities to partner and collaborate with U-M faculty and students.
Photo: Peter Smith Photography
June 9, 2011
Katarina Borer, a movement science professor, provides laboratory and clinical experiences to students in her Exercise Endocrinology Lab at the U-M School of Kinesiology. Her research focuses on the interactions of exercise and nutrition and the effects of exercise on hormones and metabolism.
June 8, 2011
The School of Art & Design’s Making Science Visible class explores methods to observe, measure, document, and depict nature and science. Students visit labs and museums around campus and then produce their own images, objects, and representations like this photograph of a sloth specimen from the Museum of Zoology.
Photo: Carolyn Nowak
June 7, 2011
School of Public Health Ph.D. student Massy Mutumba interviews a woman in southwest Uganda as part of a global HIV/AIDS study led by Rachel Snow, an associate professor of health behavior and health education. A native of Uganda, Mutumba ultimately plans to return to her country to work with HIV-positive children.
June 6, 2011
Visiting Chinese university officials learn how to use “clickers” that allow students to interact with their classmates and instructors. They were visiting U-M for instruction from the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the 2011 Michigan Faculty Development Seminar.
Photo: Laura Schram, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching
June 3, 2011
The Peony Garden at Nichols Arboretum is the largest collection of antique and heirloom peonies in North America. Planted in the 1920s, the original arrangement of 27 beds separated by season and color is still in place today. Its spectacular blooms are celebrated each year by a festival in early to mid-June.
Photo: Photo: Lin Jones, U-M Photo Services
June 2, 2011
Shaomeng Wang, a professor of medicine, pharmacology and medicinal chemistry, is making headway in the fight against cancer by translating discoveries from his U-M lab into the clinic. As both a researcher and innovator, he has launched two start-up companies dedicated to developing new anticancer drugs.
June 1, 2011
U-M College of Pharmacy students and faculty regularly provide free consultations and medication education to local senior citizens to help them improve their quality of life and avoid life-threatening illness due to the improper use of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Photo: Photo: Gregory Fox