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News for Faculty and Staff

November 26, 2014

Excavation assistance

Every 60 seconds in the United States an excavator hits a buried cable, sewer, water, gas or fiber optic line. In this video, researchers at the College of Engineering explain a new way to efficiently operate an excavator using the computer vision system, Smart Dig, which can help prevent future utility damage and ensure the safety of construction workers.

Saturday science

Ann Marie Macara (right), a graduate student in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, discusses the concept of mimicry with students as they compare the coral snake and the western ground snake. It was part of a recent Saturday Science Capstone educational outreach event in which U-M students worked with the group Females Excelling More in Math Engineering and Science. (Photo by Christine Ton Nu)

Factory leadership

Rodney Mosley of the Tauber Institute staff acts as a factory floor worker during a recent Operations Leadership Factory workshop observed by trainees. The sessions, attended by workers from automotive firms and other manufacturers, promote efficient lean manufacturing processes. (Photo by Daryl Marshke, Michigan Photography)

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

"Many of the most interesting writers in the social sciences actually are motivated by keen concerns about profound issues of human oppression and resistance and emancipation."

Howard Brick, U-M alummus and the Louis Evans Professor of History in LSA.

Old School

Vintage high tech

The Michigan Digital Automatic Computer, pictured in 1954 at U-M’s Willow Run Research Center, was built the previous year with $500,000 of U.S. Air Force funds for Air Force research. It also was available to civilian industry.

Michigan in the News

The state economy will add more than 130,000 jobs over the next two years, as employment in Michigan returns to a pre-recession level, said George Fulton, director of the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics.

Detroit Free Press

Comments by Stephanie Rowley, professor of psychology and education, were featured in an article about how white women are more likely than black women to associate science, technology, engineering, math professions with men.

The Atlantic

David Mayer, associate professor of management and organizations, was quoted in a story about the growing list of public relations and management missteps by the ridesharing service Uber.


Sherrie Kossoudji, associate professor of social work and adjunct associate professor of economics, says that granting legal status to unauthorized immigrants will not suppress wages for American workers.

Financial Times

"It really is an epidemic, both in the U.S. and globally. The costs of diabetes are enormous, and they are growing," said Dr. William Herman, professor of internal medicine and epidemiology, and director of the Michigan Center for Diabetes Translational Research.

The Washington Post

"When you're a big, branded company like Walmart, you're a much more visible and desirable target for environmental groups who want to push the agenda," said Andy Hoffman, professor of management and organizations, and natural resources and environment.

International Business Times