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March 26, 2015

Congressional Breakfast

President Mark Schlissel talks with Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, at the annual University of Michigan Congressional Breakfast. 300 alumni, corporate sponsors, members of Congress and others attended the annual event in Washington on Wednesday.

Teach-In + 50

U-M will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic 1965 teach-in to end the Vietnam War with a similar event this Friday and Saturday titled "End the War Against the Planet." This video recalls that first teach-in and urges people to revive its spirit in support of the environment.


An open-source computing system built by U-M engineering researchers accepts voice commands and is designed to spark a new generation of "intelligent personal assistants" for wearables and other devices. In this video, Jason Mars and Lingjia Tang, assistant professors of electrical engineering and computer science, describe how the free and customizable Sirius is an important platform for research into the next-generation of warehouse computing.

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

"I went on to law school not sure exactly what I wanted to do. It was much more interesting than I thought it would be."

Monica Hakimi, professor of law and associate dean for academic programming in the Law School.

Old School

New duties

John Jacob Abel was offered the first professorship of pharmacology in the Department of Medicine and Surgery. He began his new duties in January 1891. In his first lecture he told of his recent visit to Berlin, where he investigated tuberculin, which had been recently introduced to treat tuberculosis.

Michigan in the News

A study by Michael Sivak, research professor at the U-M Transportation Research Institute, shows that Americans are using the least amount of gasoline in 30 years.


"Whether you’re more or less optimistic or pessimistic is heavily dependent on the culture you live in, the culture that shapes your values," said Edward Chang, professor of psychology and social work.

The Atlantic

Jun Wu, assistant professor of molecular and integrative physiology, and research assistant professor at the Life Sciences Institute, was quoted in a story about how exposure to cold temperatures benefits weight loss.

The Washington Post

A story about the hidden racism of young, white Americans cited research by Vincent Hutchings, professor of political science and Afroamerican and African studies; Ted Brader, professor of political science; and Nicholas Valentino, professor of political science and communication studies.

PBS NewsHour

Despite ongoing political opposition of the Affordable Care Act, Marianne Udow-Phillips, director of the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation, says people have increasing confidence in the law.

Michigan Radio

Ken Warner, professor of health management and policy, says that although tobacco companies seem to be thriving, the industry is doing something he has never seen —they're raising prices.

Business Insider

"We are pretty serious about having this be a kind of 'Holy cow, how did they pull that off?' kind of system," said Kim Cameron, professor of education, and management and organizations, regarding free leadership training that Stephen M. Ross School of Business faculty will offer Detroit Public Schools administrators and select principals, teachers and other staff.

Crain's Detroit Business

Research by Dr. Elizabeth Patton, clinical lecturer in obstetrics and gynecology, shows that a greater percentage of Protestant and Catholic women support employer-provided contraception coverage than the general population at large.

The Atlantic

"'Empire' is resisting the impulse to present the typical one-dimensional, stereotypical characters we have seen in the past around representations of African Americans," said Robin Means Coleman, associate professor of communication studies and Afroamerican and African studies, regarding the Fox drama that just ended its breakout first season.

The Huffington Post