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News for Faculty and Staff

June 28, 2017

Celebrating the staff

Keysha Jefferson, a medical assistant specialist lead with Michigan Medicine, has her photo taken with Neil Sauter, "The Michigan Stiltwalker," during MSTAFF200. The daylong event Tuesday honored 200 years of contributions by university staff members, with a series of displays, music, food and fun on the Diag and Ingalls Mall. Click here for highlights of the celebration, including a gallery of images, to learn about public art coming this fall that honors staff, and watch a video about the "Bicentennial Blocks" that were given as mementos. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography)

Magic alloy

In what could be a major step forward for a new generation of solar cells called "concentrator photovoltaics," a team of U-M researchers has developed a new semiconductor alloy that can capture the near-infrared light located on the leading edge of the visible light spectrum. In this photo, Jordan Occena, a graduate researcher, and Sunyeol Jeon, a former graduate student researcher, calibrate the apparatus used to spray paint the "magic" chemical cocktail onto blank gallium arsenide wafers. Read more about the development. (Photo by Joseph Xu, College of Engineering)

Remembering the Survival Flight tragedy

Remembering our team lost in life-saving mission

Ten years ago this month, on June 4, 2007, Michigan Medicine suffered a tragic loss of six faculty and staff members, when their Survival Flight plane went down over Lake Michigan during a transplant mission. In this video, Michigan Medicine staff members remember the events of that terrible day, the grief that followed and the importance of continuing such life-saving efforts.

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

"I go from the harshest aspects of the border to the responses of activists, social workers and community members who are trying to do something to make it better."

Sherrie Kossoudji, associate professor of social work and adjunct associate professor of economics, explaining the arc of the trips she takes with her students to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Old School

President Harold T. Shapiro's birthday

Harold T. Shapiro, U-M's 10th president, was born on June 8, 1935, in Montreal. During his presidency, which ran from 1980-87, the "theme of quality over quantity, of 'smaller but better' became the guiding principle" in a period of budget reductions.

Michigan in the News

The Senate health care bill will "either mean coverage for fewer people or fewer services. And if those essential health benefits like maternity care and contraception aren't protected, women and children could be in real danger of losing care," said Michelle Moniz, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology.


"Self-driving vehicles are constantly monitoring the roads, and they're never drunk or distracted," said Brandon Schoettle, project manager at the U-M Transportation Research Institute.

The Wall Street Journal

"A common reaction to kids who are living in lower socioeconomic-status environments and going to lower socioeconomic-status schools is to sort of remediate or make the curriculum lower order or less challenging. I think pretty much the opposite is the way to go," said Nell Duke, professor of education.

The New York Times

"Most Democrats expect a recession over the next year, and most Republicans expect economic growth. That has been the big news: about how Democrats and Republicans shifted almost totally and instantly with the election of Trump," said Richard Curtin, director of the Surveys of Consumers at the Institute for Social Research.

The Washington Post

"In reality, the travel ban remains largely enjoined. If (travelers) didn't have a real connection — a job, or enrollment at a school, or a family member — they wouldn't be able to get visas. Most of the travel that's covered by the travel ban remains stayed. I think the Trump administration is spinning," said Margo Schlanger, professor of law.

The Guardian (U.K.)

Jowei Chen, associate professor of political science, says the clustering of Democrats in urban areas creates some "unintentional gerrymandering" that works against them: "But overt partisan gerrymandering is certainly a big part of the explanation, as well."

The Associated Press

Research by Joshua Stein, associate professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, shows health care providers are overprescribing antibiotics for a common eye infection that typically clears up without medication.

The New York Times