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November 25, 2015

Candy molds

U-M researchers working with a soft silicone to study human cells were having trouble springing the soft substance from its mold without tearing it. A solution came in the form of simple candy — a mold made of sugar that could be dipped in water and melted from around the silicone. In this video, Shuichi Takayama, professor of biomedical engineering and macromolecular science and engineering, and doctoral student Joseph Labuz, explain the process.

Health system partners

Many faculty and staff in the Medical School have asked, "Why are we partnering with other health systems?" In this video, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs Dr. David A. Spahlinger describes the drivers behind the U-M's partnership activity and highlights several key partnerships.

Turn it blue

The University of Michigan is once again turning Giving Tuesday — the national movement to kick off the giving season — into Giving Blueday on Dec. 1. This video shows how donors can help transform lives, shape the world, and make great things happen with their donation.

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

"I'm still inspired by the idea of bringing the past to life, of understanding past societies in all their richness."

Geoff Emberling, assistant research scientist at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

Old School

Nearly ready

Construction on the Rackham Building, a U-M landmark, is nearly complete in 1937.

Michigan in the News

"I think many of the doctors out there would disagree with the things (Ben Carson) says as a politician, but understand him as a person as a very decent person. The person and the doctor are very separate from the politician,” said Dr. Karin Muraszko, professor of neurosurgery, who has shared patients with Carson.

The New York Times

"If he were to write this on an exam for me? That’s an F," said Andrei Markovits, professor of political science, sociology, and Germanic languages and literatures, on Bernie Sanders' assertion that police and fire departments are socialist institutions.


"Many of the Republican presidential candidates say they want to rein in Wall Street," but their proposals involve getting rid of agencies and laws with exactly those goals, said Michael Barr, professor of law. "That's not real reform, that's rollback."

MSN Money

Teens who take drugs like Adderall and Ritalin to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are twice as likely to be bullied as their peers who don't have ADHD, according to a study by Quyen Epstein-Ngo, research assistant professor at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

CBS News

"This proposal is not likely to encourage greater school attendance. In fact, withholding welfare payments from these families is likely to increase truancy," said Percy Bates, professor of education, regarding a new law that allows the state to halt welfare benefits to families whose children are chronically absent.

The Detroit News

Linda Lim, professor of strategy, was quoted in an article about how the U.S. and China are vying for dominance in the battle of the Asia-Pacific trade pacts.

South China Morning Post