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News for Faculty and Staff

January 28, 2015

Game changers

At U-M, swimming, dance, gymnastics and golf were among the earliest sports available to women students. These golfers took to the tee in 1922. Women’s golf became a varsity sport in 1976. A slideshow and article at LSA Today illustrates how women have been been taking part in athletics at U-M for more than 100 years, even as they faced challenges on and off the field.

Car-bike hybrids

Not all the concept cars at the North American International Auto Show last week featured internal-combustion engines. Cameron Van Dyke, a graduate student at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, displayed two of his human-powered Future Cycles. In this video, Van Dyke shows off the vehicles that combine the weather protection and carrying capacity of a car with the low energy usage of a bicycle. 

Michigan Makers

School of Information students learn to mentor and create programs that encourage young children to be make things with their own hands as part of the Michigan Makers course.

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

"It's like wine — wherever the grapes are grown, how they're grown, how they're prepared, (cacao beans) acquire different flavors." 

Julia Weinert, center manager of the Detroit Urban Research Center and part-time chocolatier.

Old School

Depression Generation

Drake's Sandwich Shop was a popular student hangout during the 1930s, a time when the Great Depression tore a hole in the University of Michigan. 

Michigan in the News

Philip Hallman, film studies field librarian at the Hatcher Graduate Library, was quoted in a story about this year's top Oscar prospects.

The New York Times

Rodney Fort, professor of sport management, says that Major League Baseball is quickly gaining ground financially on the National Football League, the most lucrative and popular professional sport: "Baseball is definitely going to catch football in the next few years."

CBS News

Nicholas Kotov, the Joseph B. and Florence V. Cejka Professor of Engineering, and Siu On Tong, doctoral student in engineering, have found a way to make lithium-ion energy packs that are safer and slimmer at the same time.


Stefan Szymanski, professor of kinesiology, and Justin Wolfers, professor of economics and public policy, were quoted about the merits of legalized sports gambling.

The New York Times

Regarding right-to-work legislation, Roland Zullo, assistant research scientist at the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy, said, "Unions are weaker because of the law, and some close down and/or new organizing stalls, and former members of unions choose to become free-riders — i.e., are covered but are not dues-payers."

The Detroit News

Research by Jeremiah Johnson, assistant professor of natural resources and environment, shows that Michigan could expand its renewable energy portfolio standard to 25 percent over the next 10 years at a cost of $2.60 a month for the average household.

Great Lakes Echo