Plastic water bottles — Jessica Fabisiak discovered them just about everywhere — on classroom desks and overflowing from campus trash bins. Bothered by the waste, the UM-Dearborn graduate student stumbled upon a greenhouse constructed of plastic water bottles. “I thought to myself, ‘I should try this,’” she said. She undertook the project during a sustainability internship with UM-Dearborn’s Environmental Interpretive Center. Photo by Alex Piazza, UM-Dearborn.
Looking for a Halloween activity with a 21st-century twist? How about a 3-D jack-o’-lantern that comes from the pumpkin patch by way of the UM3D lab. This video documents the creation of a seasonal decoration in a new and interesting way.
Purifying water with plasma
John Foster, associate professor of nuclear engineering and radiological sciences, is working on a method to purify water with the fourth state of matter — plasma. In this video, Foster describes how his new technology, which produces reactive radicals that can attack organic contaminants such as pesticides and pharmaceuticals, could help solve a problem not currently being addressed in conventional treatment methods that rely on filtration and chlorine.
James T. Neubacher Award
Regent Julia Darlow presents the annual James T. Neubacher Award to Dr. John F. Greden, founding executive director of the U-M Comprehensive Depression Center and Rachel Upjohn Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. The founding chair of the National Network of Depression Centers, Greden is recognized as a giant in the field of depression research, treatment and education. The Council for Disability Concerns established the award in memory of alumnus Neubacher, a Detroit Free Press columnist and advocate for equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. Photo by Scott Soderberg, Michigan Photography.
Matthew Richmond, founder of The Paper Dolls, shows off some of the creations he constructed from recycled materials during TEDxUMDearborn, an inaugural event in which speakers ranging from entrepreneurs and CEOs to artists and writers shared their stories in an effort to encourage change. Photo courtesy of @tedxumdearborn.