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News for Faculty and Staff

January 25, 2015

Quake-proofing buildings

Modern structures are designed to absorb damage without collapsing, but an event like an earthquake can quickly escalate construction repair costs for aging buildings. In this video, Jason McCormick, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, discusses how engineers at U-M are looking into materials rarely used in the construction world for retrofitting older structures to provide a type of affordable earthquake insulation barrier.

Pay-to-play and participation

The cost of school sports keeps many children from participating, according to the latest U-M Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. In this video, Sarah Clark, associate research scientist at the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit and associate director of the poll, discusses findings about how so-called "pay to play" fees suppress participation at all income levels.

MLK service

Volunteers from UM-Dearborn prepare food packages for Kids Against Hunger that will be divided between local, national and international food agencies. Their work was among a variety of Martin Luther King Jr. Day service projects Monday involving hundreds of faculty, staff and student volunteers from U-M's regional campuses. See more photos and read about the service events at UM-Flint and UM-Dearborn. (Photo by Kate Malicke, UM-Dearborn)

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

"It's not enough just to say that people need to eat better and exercise more to be happier and healthier. It's often said that if public health is working, you don't see it or know that it exists."

Natalie Sampson, assistant professor of health and human services at UM-Dearbornand chair of the public health work group in the Detroit Climate Action Collaborative.

Old School

Professor White’s diag

Sunlight filters through the trees of the Diag as a woman passes through in the 1930s. The trees that now grace Central Campus began with the efforts of Professor Andrew Dickson White in the mid-1800s.

Michigan in the News

The film version of "The Diary of a Teenage Girl," a coming-of-age novel by Phoebe Gloeckner, associate professor of art, is being screened this week at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Detroit Free Press

"Wellness programs should be targeted to those at risk for illness since the healthiest 50 percent of the population generates only 3 percent of health care costs," said Dr. A. Mark Fendrick, professor of internal medicine and health management and policy.

New York Post

Comments by Barry Rabe, professor of public policy, were featured in a story about the 2016 presidential election and the views of potential candidates on climate change.

The Christian Science Monitor

Gary Smith, professor of molecular and integrative physiology and director of the MStem Cell Laboratories, and Dr. John Fink, professor of neurology, were quoted in a story about how researchers are refining the processes for growing stem cell lines.

Detroit Free Press

"It's surprising to see a State of the Union address that is this liberal and certainly a little bit more controversial that you would expect given the lopsided nature of the November election," said Aaron Kall, director of the U-M debate program.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dr. Utibe Effiong, writer in residence at the U-M Risk Science Center, blames poor governance for Nigeria's struggles with climate change — and inability to effectively address it.

Slate