Gov. Rick Snyder's goal of bringing 50,000 high-skill immigrants to Michigan in the next five years appears unrealistically ambitious, says Ann Chih Lin, associate professor of public policy. In this Policy Points video from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Lin suggests an alternative method to help Michigan tailor its immigration policies to boost economic growth.
Social Shib Sibs
Besides their standing as Olympic ice dancers, the brother-and-sister team of Alex and Maia Shibutani also are developing world-class social media skills through an independent-study project with Cliff Lampe, associate professor of information. The U-M students have a relatively large following on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube compared to other athletes early in their careers, and with Lampe's help they are working to improve their social media presence and understand the theories of why and how posting works best.
Help for a scarred heart
Valentine's Day offers an opportunity to tell the story of how U-M researchers are working to mend a broken heart — at least physically. Yen Peng Kong, a postdoctoral researcher in the Cell Signaling in Engineered Tissues lab at U-M and shown here examining a colony of heart muscle cells, is part of a team of U-M biomedical engineers that has turned groups of cells typically found in scar tissue into colonies of beating heart cells. (Photo by Joseph Xu, College of Engineering)
The physics of skating
Figure skating is one of the most popular events at the Winter Olympics, and it's a perfect example of physics at work, says Brad Orr, professor and chair of the Department of Physics. In this video, Orr joins U-M students and Olympic ice-dancing medalists Charlie White and Meryl Davis to explain how understanding the center of mass is basic to everything a skater does. (Video by NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation)
'Hallelujah to the Victors!'
A surprise treat at last week's groundbreaking ceremony for the Earl V. Moore Building renovation and expansion project was this rendition of "Hallelujah to the Victors!" The arrangement by Arianne Abela, a graduate student instructor at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, is performed by the U-M Chamber Choir.