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News for Faculty and Staff

April 19, 2018

Big History


The Big History Project course at Black River Public School in Holland, Michigan, isn't a social studies class about wars and world leaders. It's much bigger. Students examine the Big Bang to contemporary civilization to what may happen, putting human existence in the context of the past, present and future. Black River follows a curriculum co-designed by Bob Bain, associate professor of education and of history, and is one of more than 1,500 schools across the country to offer the course.

Celebrating Betty Ford

Michael Ford, son of former President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford, talks with students, staff and faculty at a reception Friday to celebrate the 100th birthday of his mother. The event at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy drew U-M and political leaders, along with faculty, staff and students to celebrate Betty Ford's legacy, which included work in the areas of breast cancer, substance addiction and women's rights.

Robotics Building groundbreaking

Starting in early 2020, robots will drive, walk, fly and help rehabilitate or enhance human function in the $75-million Ford Motor Company Robotics Building at U-M, and officials broke ground on the 140,000-square-foot, four-story complex of classrooms, offices and tailored lab space Friday. Turning the ceremonial first shovelfuls of dirt are, from left: Regent Michael Behm, President Mark Schlissel, Ken Washington, vice president of research and advanced engineering and chief technology officer of Ford Motor Co., College of Engineering Dean Alec Gallimore, Gov. Rick Snyder, Michigan Robotics doctoral student Katherine Skinner, and Jessy Grizzle, director of the U-M Robotics Institute. (Photo by Daryl Marshke, Michigan Photography)

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

"In my free time I am very active in the maker movement. So I work with 3-D printers and maker spaces and in general, learning new skills."

George Sprague, academic programs coordinator at the School of Information, maker-movement participant and part-time Ghostbuster.

Old School

Women's Studies

The first women's studies course at the University of Michigan, one of the first of its kind in the country, was organized by a group of volunteer female professors in 1971, just as the women's rights movement was sweeping the country.

Michigan in the News

Barbara McQuade, professor from practice, Law School, was quoted in an article about how an associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin whose companies face charges in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of election interference could potentially expose intelligence gathered and practices by the investigation during the discovery phase.


"The consensus is that if we can keep noise below 70 decibels on average, that would eliminate hearing loss. But the problem is that if noise is more than 50 decibels, there's an increased risk of heart attack and hypertension. Noise at 70 decibels is not safe," said Rick Neitzel, associate professor of environmental health sciences and global public health.


"It's a huge public health problem for women that doesn't really get enough attention. This is one of the top killers of women in the country," said Meilan Han, associate professor of internal medicine, on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the progressive lung disease that now kills more women in the United States than men.

The Washington Post

Research by Michael Hall, doctoral student in psychology, and Kaitlin Raimi, assistant professor of public policy, shows that "know-it-all" people are especially prone to overestimating what they actually know — even after getting feedback showing them how much they don't know.

Tech Times