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July 30, 2015

Researching Detroit

Two dozen U-M students are conducting summer research for Detroit nonprofits and public agencies as part of the Detroit Community Based Research Program. In this video, Jenna Steiner, assistant director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program and coordinator the Detroit program, joins some of the students in discussing how the program works and what it seeks to achieve.

Mcity opens

U-M's Mobility Transformation Center has opened Mcity, the world's first controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies that will lead the way to mass-market driverless cars. This video provides an overview of the 32-acre "mini-city" on North Campus.

President Schlissel in China

President Mark Schlissel and Shanghai Jiao Tong University President Jie Zhang celebrate the signing of a new research agreement that seeks to broaden the scientific and cultural ties between U-M and its Chinese partner SJTU. Also pictured in the front row are Jack Hu (left), interim vice president for research, and Hong Mei (right), vice president of SJTU. The ceremony took place during Schlissel's recently concluded weeklong visit with alumni, students and Chinese research partners in Beijing and Shanghai. (Photo by Debing Su, Michigan News)

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

"I like the writing and the editing the best, but I'll do whatever it takes to get something out there." 

Brian Lillie, multimedia specialist for the School of Public Health, and an aspiring filmmaker.

Old School

Batter up

People enjoy America's pastime on campus at mid-20th century, with the U-M Veterans Readjustment Center building in the background.

Michigan in the News

"It could make health care more affordable because it gives them more leverage to negotiate with providers of care...but it could also give them more monopoly power in some markets and that might actually mean that it wouldn’t lower premiums for some consumers," said Marianne Udow-Phillips, director of the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation, referring to health insurance giant Anthem's deal to purchase Cigna.

USA Today

David Potter, professor of Greek and Roman history, was quoted in an article about the ISIS-occupied town of Palmyra, Syria, which was once ruled by a queen named Zenobia who dared to threaten the power of imperial Rome.

The New Yorker

"It does really have an effect on what certain organizations do, when these larger companies step out and say, 'We're not financially supporting this anymore,'" said David Mayer, associate professor of management and organizations, on public criticism of FIFA by major sponsors Visa, Coca-Cola and Adidas — all of whom have yet to pull funding.

International Business Times

"Health is not an optimal way to make physical activity relevant and compelling enough for most people to prioritize in their hectic lives," said Michelle Segar, associate director at the Sport, Health and Activity Research and Policy Center.

The New York Times

Research by Andrew Ryan, associate professor of health management and policy, found that doctors who work at accountable care organizations have slightly more of their incomes tied to quality — but only two percentage points more than doctors in traditional practices.

The Washington Post

Dierdre Bloome, assistant professor of sociology, was quoted in a story about a report that shows that a higher percentage of children live in poverty now than did during the Great Recession.

USA Today

Peter Sweatman, director of the Mobility Transformation Center and U-M Transportation Research Institute, was interviewed about the opening of Mcity, U-M's test environment for connected and automated vehicle technologies.