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July 27, 2017

Robotic underwater lab

Robotic Underwater Lab Tracking Toxicity of Lake Erie Algal Bloom

A new tool to safeguard drinking water is now keeping a watchful eye on Lake Erie. A robotic lake-bottom laboratory is tracking the levels of dangerous toxins produced by algae that bloom each summer in the lake’s western basin. This video explores the collaboration between U-M's Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor.

Cool Project in Cuba

Erb Cool Project in Cuba - Renewable Energy

The Erb Institute's effort to promote sustainability through the power of business includes a program called "Cool Projects." In this video, dual master's degree student Nick Barret explains how the program allowed him to travel to Cuba to learn more about how that country's renewable energy future might lie in the development of biomass power generation using sugarcane as a fuel source.

Straw bale house

University of Michigan Professor Joe Trumpey Shows How to Build a Straw-Bale Building

Twenty-two U-M undergraduates, led by Joe Trumpey, associate professor of art, of natural resources, and of environment, used 200 bales of straw and some mud to build U-M's first off-the-grid structure. Poised on a hilltop overlooking Douglas Lake at the U-M Biological Station, it is the university's first foray into straw bale building, and the first student-built structure in more than 100 years. In this video, Trumpey describes how it came to be.

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

“I love the work I do in higher education and I love the work I do in fashion.”

La’Joya Orr, recruitment coordinator and academic adviser at the School of Kinesiology

Old School

Revolutionizing information

U-M and its graduates have greatly impacted the sharing of technology.

Michigan in the News

"The president is considering pardoning himself as a way to avoid a Department of Justice investigation into his electoral campaign? This is theater of the absurd. The fact that we're even talking about it is a measure of how far we've fallen under Trump," said Samuel Gross, professor of law.


Research by Amanda Pendleton, research fellow in human genetics at the Medical School, and colleagues suggests that dogs were domesticated just once — sometime between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago — challenging a previous claim about how many times humans befriended canines.

Scientific American

Comments by Barry Fishman, professor of education and information, and Mika LaVaque-Manty, associate professor of political science, philosophy and the Honors Program, are featured in an article about the use of educational video games in college classrooms.

Inside Higher Ed

Mark Fendrick, professor of internal medicine, and health management and policy, and director of the Center for Value-Based Insurance Design, says it makes both medical and economic sense to make properly managing chronic conditions affordable: "I want the health insurance plan my patients have to charge my patients the least for the services that are going to make them healthier."

U.S. News & World Report

"Saudi Arabia is leading a propaganda campaign falsely accusing Qatar of supporting extremism in the Middle East, but it just arrested a young model named Khulud for taking a walk at a historic site in Najd wearing a halter and a skirt," said Juan Cole, professor of history.

The Washington Post