In celebration of everything that makes Earth great, the School for Environment and Sustainability is showcasing photos taken by students, staff and faculty. This image, captured by SEAS master's degree student Carol Maiones, shows three female lions in Kenya's Nairobi National Park eyeing zebras in the background. This photo was the winner of the animals portion of the Images4Earth contest.
Water on a Jupiter moon?
Europa, a moon of Jupiter, has long been suspected of hiding a global ocean beneath its icy surface, and U-M researchers have now found the strongest evidence yet to suggest it has plumes ejecting water from its subsurface into space. In this video, Xianzhe Jia, associate professor of climate and space sciences and engineering, explains how data collected during NASA's 20-year-old Galileo mission is helping provide new insights into Europa.
In this video, Justin Kasper, associate professor of climate and space sciences and engineering, prepares a model of the Faraday cup for testing prior to this summer's Parker Solar Probe launch. Kasper is principal investigator for the investigation that will measure the solar wind. The cup is tested in a vacuum chamber and hit with light from four modified IMAX projectors and particles from an ion gun — all to ensure it will operate in the sun’s atmosphere.
Allison Steiner (right), associate professor of climate and space sciences and engineering, and earth and environmental sciences, was in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to discuss her research on harmful algal blooms. Her project focuses on enhancing sustainability in coastal communities threatened by harmful algal blooms by advancing and integrating environmental and socio-economic modeling. Steiner is speaking here with Dawn Tilbury, assistant director of the National Science Foundation Directorate for Engineering, and a U-M professor of mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering and computer science. (Photo by Madeline Nykaza, Washington Office)
Bryce Pilz (second from left) speaks at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday at a conference about how current patent laws and regulations are stifling innovation. Pilz, director of licensing for U-M's Office of Technology Transfer, cited two examples of medical diagnostic tests developed at U-M that failed to get patent protection, hindering the development of those technologies. The conference focused on ways Congress and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office can improve the situation. (Photo by Mike Waring, Washington Office)