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May 28, 2015

When tech isn't the answer

While working with schoolchildren in India and studying how to make computers work better in the classroom, Kentaro Toyama, W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information, determined technology alone can't solve problems — it's most effective when it's paired with capable underlying human forces. In this video, he discusses why technology is not always the answer for better learning.

Partnership expands

Alison Davis-Blake, dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, is interviewed by Chinese media about an expanded partnership among U-M, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the UM-SJTU Joint Institute. (Photo courtesy of the Ross School)

Behavior and health

The latest C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health finds that many parents wouldn’t discuss with doctors the behavioral or emotional issues that could be signs of potential health problems in their children. In this video, Sarah J. Clark, associate director of the poll and associate research scientist in the Department of Pediatrics, discusses how behavioral and emotional health are tied to a child’s physical health.

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

"Every few years when the debate cycle is in full gear, debate suddenly becomes important to the nation."

Aaron Kall, director of U-M's Debate Program and Michigan Debate Institutes.

Old School

Fighting pernicious anemia

In the 1920s, pernicious anemia was mysterious and deadly. After the disease killed Thomas Henry Simpson in 1923, his wife offered $400,000 to create an institute at U-M devoted to its study and a cure.

Michigan in the News

Carl Cohen, professor of philosophy, was interviewed for a story about animal rights and a New York case about the possible illegal detention of two chimps at a university lab.


"There is nothing complicated about the idea that we should protect the tributary system that flows into our nation's rivers. What is more difficult is deciding when to protect wetlands, which perform essential ecological functions but often make it difficult or impossible for landowners to develop their property," said David Uhlmann, director of the Environmental Law and Policy Program.

Los Angeles Times

"Banks have traditionally not located themselves in neighborhoods that they perceive either to be unsafe, or where there's no customer base. If that's the way (low-income Americans) are getting cash, that can be a real chore and a challenge," said Kristin Seefeldt, assistant professsor of public policy and social work.

The Baltimore Sun

Melissa Duhaime, assistant research scientist in ecology and evolutionary biology, and colleagues collected and identified more than 5,000 ocean viruses, which scientists believe alter the chemistry of the world's oceans and may influence the planet's climate.

Quanta Magazine

John Laitner, professor of economics and research professor at the Institute for Social Research, was quoted in a column about the biggest problems facing those saving for or living in retirement, and how to solve those problems.

USA Today

Stewart Thornhill, professor of business administration and executive director of the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, was quoted in an article about the challenges faced by entrepreneurs when they get successful quickly.

The Wall Street Journal