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October 1, 2014

Vaughan building artwork

This is one of two bas reliefs flanking the original west entrance pavilion of the Henry Vaughan Public Health Building. They were designed by Lewis J. Sarvis, the Battle Creek architect who designed the Vaughan building. The Record periodically highlights pieces of public art at U-M. Learn more about this piece, or browse an online collection of public artworks.

Morphing wing

Michigan aerospace engineers are using new materials and techniques to allow airplane wings to flex and move more like bird wings. These morphing wings are still in the developing stages but may open the doors to lighter weight aircraft that are more agile than traditional airplanes. In this video, Dan Inman, professor and chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering, predicts that morphing technology may first appear in unmanned drones and cargo vehicles, but even then, it may still be decades away.

Small wonder

Cascade, one of the five styles of single-tree bonsai, is among those on display at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens' collection. Combining elements of art, design and horticulture, bonsai has a rich history in Japanese culture. Learn more about the Matthaei collection, and leaf through the strictly defined styles of the genre in this photo slideshow.

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

"There's no better way to gain independence, and become more resourceful, than by taking yourself totally out of your comfort zone and your country. Also, it's so much fun."

Jill Peters, International Programs adviser in the College of Engineering.

Old School

Economist and founding dean

Edward M. (Ned) Gramlich, circa 1991, was founding dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, which was renamed to honor the former president and U-M alumnus. Gramlich also was a U-M provost, a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and acting director of the Congressional Budget Office. The school this year celebrates its centennial.

Michigan in the News

Marisa Eisenberg, assistant professor of epidemiology and mathematics, and Eden Wells, clinical associate professor of epidemiology, spoke about the difficulty in measuring and predicting Ebola's true impact.


"A careful look at the many considerations involved suggests that environmentally led efforts to jumpstart the market for electric cars amount to putting the cart before the horse," said John DeCicco, research professor at the U-M Energy Institute.

The Christian Science Monitor

Reuven Ani-Yonah, professor of law, criticized American companies that benefit from U.S. higher education and government-paid basic research but place their intellectual property in overseas low-tax jurisdictions.

The New York Times

Research by Kent Berridge, professor of psychology, was featured in an article about understanding the biology of rewards, and how and where pleasure and motivation originate in the brain.

The New Yorker

Mary Gallagher, director of the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies and associate professor of political science, was quoted in a story about the Chinese government's fear that the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong will spur sympathy demonstrations throughout China.

New Republic

An exhibit of woodcut prints at the Detroit Artists Market is curated by Endi Poskovic, professor of art and design, and showcases the work of Goedele Peters, a visiting artist at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.

The Detroit News