University of Michigan
News for Faculty and Staff

September 28, 2016


Neurable's brain wave interpretation system allows for uniquely precise and flexible control of devices such as toys, cars, wheelchairs, TVs and video games. In this video, company founder Ramses Alcaide and lead engineer James Hamet explain how the system uses a cap that sends brain activity to a computer, and how U-M's entrepreneurial community helped get it going. 

Early Detroit

"Rough sketch of the King's Domain at Detroit," a 1790 manuscript plan of the city of Detroit, was discovered in a family home in Almonte, Ontario. The map was acquired by the William L. Clements Library and will be the focus of a forthcoming exhibition in 2017. (Image courtesy of the William L. Clements Library)

Wringing power from water

Vortex Hydro Energy, an energy startup founded by Michael Bernitsas, the Mortimer E. Cooley Collegiate Professor of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, recently tested the first commercial-scale prototype of its VIVACE device in the St. Clair River in Michigan. This video illustrates the potential for VIVACE to generate electricity from slow-moving river and ocean currents in a way that may someday rewrite the rules of hydroelectric power.

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

"I wanted the keys to the tower and the opportunity to play music that blanketed the whole campus."

Tiffany Ng, university carillonist at Burton Tower and assistant professor of music, on what attracted her to the carillon as freshman at Yale.

Old School


The Medical School's Class of 1921 poses for a photo in front of the Pretzel Bell Restaurant in downtown Ann Arbor in 1945. 

Michigan in the News

"(Clinton's) raising of numerous hypotheses about why Trump was not releasing his tax returns was brilliant stagecraft. By raising the ideas as questions, rather than making assertions, the presentation can set the stage for days of questioning about the topic," said Arthur Lupia, professor of political science and research professor at the Center for Political Studies.

The New York Times

A new study by Suzanna Zick, research associate professor of family medicine and environmental health sciences, found that self-administered acupressure reduces the burdensome fatigue often experienced by breast cancer survivors after treatment is completed.

Chicago Tribune

Teenagers' exercise habits may be easier to solidify if parents start teaching them about fitness long before kids reach high school, said Dr. Venkatesh Murthy, assistant professor of internal medicine and radiology.


Andrew Martin, dean of LSA, and colleagues say current Democratic appointees on the U.S. Supreme Court are clustered together on the ideological spectrum, but Republican appointees are more widely dispersed — something that probably won't change much regardless of who becomes the next president.

The New York Times

"For so long, the stigma of mental health has prevented people from seeking treatment and talking about a problem, but I think this generation of parents really has a different attitude, and they see schools as a partner to help," said Sarah Clark, co-director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.

Boston Globe

Research by H. Nejat Seyhun, professor of finance, suggests corporate general counsels are not effective in a compliance role: "GCs don't make good gatekeepers because they're too close to the gate, they're too close to the CEOs because they need to be able to do their jobs."