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October 21, 2017

On the value of research

Rebecca Cunningham, associate vice president for research – health sciences, testified Wednesday before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management about federal support for research. She highlighted the crucial role the federal government provides in supporting basic, curiosity-driven research alongside applied research and engineering, along with the economic benefits of federally supported research. The committee will use testimony by Cunningham and other witnesses as they consider legislation regarding how the government awards federal research dollars. Read her full testimony or watch a video of the hearing.

Printable medications

Printable Meds

A technology that can print pure, ultra-precise doses of drugs onto a wide variety of surfaces could one day enable on-site printing of custom-dosed medications at pharmacies, hospitals and other locations. This video illustrates the technique, which was developed at U-M.


Academic Innovators: Elisabeth Gerber

Elisabeth Gerber, professor of public policy, has used role-playing simulations for the past dozen years to help teach students how policies are developed. In this video, she describes how PolicyMaker, a new platform she developed, allows her to customize role-playing simulations. Joining other U-M inventors, Gerber will display PolicyMaker at the 17th annual Celebrate Invention event 3-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Michigan League Ballroom.

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

"I love the material I teach about and I love my students, and I think they feel that."

Jamie Moshin, lecturer I in communication studies, LSA.

Old School

A branch of connection

Two U-M trees — one on the Medical Campus and one at the North Campus Research Complex — have ties to the tree under which Greek physician Hippocrates allegedly sat centuries ago.

Michigan in the News

"It is our hope that local communities deciding to welcome refugees can use this research to better integrate refugees, help them achieve self-sufficiency and ensure that their resettlement is an economic benefit to the local community," said Elisabeth Gerber, professor of public policy and political science, commenting on a study showing refugees added up to $295 million to the southeast Michigan economy last year.

Detroit Free Press

Linda Lim, professor emerita of corporate strategy and international business, and Alan Deardorff, professor of economics and public policy, were quoted in a story about the unintended effects of the Trump administration's demands in negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The Detroit News

"For the general sphere of IoT (internet of things) devices, like security cameras, we're not just underwater. We're under quicksand underwater," said Kevin Fu, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, regarding the fallout from the so-called Krack attack, a vulnerability in WiFi encryption that affects nearly every wireless device.