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News for Faculty and Staff

February 8, 2016

A better helmet

The football season may have ended with Sunday's Super Bowl, but the effort to prevent sports-related head injuries continues. In this video, Ellen Arruda, professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering, explains how a shock-absorbing football helmet system being developed at U-M could blunt some dangerous physics that today's head protection ignores.

Makers & Mavericks

From left, Special Collections Library head archivist Kathleen Dow, Rich Guay and Nancy Savoca look over items at the Special Collections Library, where the Screen Arts Makers & Mavericks Collection is held. Savoca has announced she will donate her personal collection to the U-M library. (Photo by Mary Claire Morris, U-M Library)

Building 'Momentum'

For its major annual performance, the Department of Dance will present four new works revealing distinct visions of motion. Choreographed by guest artist Camille A. Brown and faculty members Amy Chavasse, Bill DeYoung and Peter Sparling, they focus on themes ranging from climate change and relationship dynamics, to surrealism and grief.  In this video, Jessica Fogel, professor of dance and department chair, discusses the works as students prepare for "Momentum," which runs today through Sunday.



Faculty/Staff Spotlight

"I loved the books since I was young — I was fascinated by Laura's realness — real people, real family, real places. They're the reason I became a historian."

Michelle McClellan, assistant professor of history, on her enduring attraction to the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Old School

Day at the museum

The Alexander G. Ruthven Museums Building, for which Albert Kahn was the architect, is seen from North University Street in February 1950.

Michigan in the News

Sherie Randolph, associate professor of history and Afroamerican and African studies, was quoted in an article about the similarities between the present-day Black Lives Matter movement and the Black Power movement of the late 1960s.

USA Today

"The thing that is most troubling to me … is it's clear that for every innocent defendant who is convicted and later exonerated, there are several others who are convicted who are not exonerated because almost all the exonerations depend on a great extent on good fortune, on Lady Luck," said Samuel Gross, professor of law.

CBS News

Mark Clague, associate professor of musicology and American culture, says the national anthem "unifies us in a collective ritual and reinforces the idea that we are all in this together. The moments like that in our life are pretty rare."

Discovery News

"It's going to present a lot of problems for the bishops to sort out. They're going to have to really thread a fine theological needle here," said Daniel Ramirez, assistant professor of history and American culture, regarding the Catholic Church's ban on birth control and calls by Latin American health officials advising women not to get pregnant.


Robin Jacob, research associate professor at the School of Education and research assistant professor at the Institute for Social Research, says parents should use caution in hiring expensive "coaches" to help improve their teen's executive functions — skills the brain uses for general organization and judgment.

National Public Radio

"Twitter has been going nowhere but down. It is easy prey for a takeover, and a go-private deal with (private equity firm) Silver Lake could be its best bet," said Erik Gordon, clinical assistant professor of business.