From Michigan to Mercury forever
The MESSENGER spacecraft that carries a sensor built at U-M is about to crash into the planet closest to the sun — just as NASA intended. In this video, Thomas Zurbuchen, professor of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences, and Jim Raines, an assistant research scientist in the Space Physics Research Laboratory, discuss the end of MESSENGER's mission to Mercury and U-M's role in its research.
Budgeting at U-M
How has funding for higher education changed over the past five decades? What are U-M's main sources of income? What are its major categories of expenditures? Those questions and many more are addressed in an 18-minute video discussion of the university's budgeting process, presented by Al Franzblau, vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs.
"It can be hard for us to connect to the ancient Egyptians, but each of the objects in the exhibit, from the gravestones to the papyrus, has a person or people behind it."
Terry Wilfong, professor of Egyptology, on his Kelsey Museum of Archaeology exhibit "Death Dogs: The Jackal Gods of Ancient Egypt."
Michigan in the News
"Women who start pregnancy overweight or obese are at risk of having babies with fetal anomalies, including spina bifida. And when mom is obese, it decreases the ability of an ultrasound to detect those abnormalities," said Dr. Michelle Moniz, clinical lecturer in obstetrics and gynecology.
A story about the offspring of Cambodian refugees returning to their parents' homeland, 40 years after Khmer Rouge, featured Cheryl Yin, doctoral student in anthropology, and her research on the hierarchies in the Khmer language.
Dr. Jon-Kar Zubieta, professor of psychology and radiology, was interviewed for a story about how certain genes predispose people toward believing placebos, or experiencing the "placebo effect."
"Breast cancer isn't treated by just one doctor. It's treated by multiple types of doctors and getting all of their opinions upfront can really lay out all the options for a patient who is facing a breast cancer diagnosis," said Dr. Michael Sabel, associate professor of surgery.
Elizabeth Campbell, clinical assistant professor of law, was interviewed about the Human Trafficking Specialty Court in Washtenaw County, the first of its kind in Michigan and which she helped develop.
Dr. Michelle Riba, professor of psychiatry, says that when talking about mental illness, we must stop labeling people as diseases: "It helps people understand that the person isn’t the disease, the person has the illness."