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.
Changing the way we teach
Inspired by the methods Eric Mazur, an expert on engaged learning who is conducting a series of presentations at U-M this Friday, Professor Steve Yalisove redesigned his sophomore materials science engineering class to better engage students. He describes the project in this video.
Gaming the classroom
In this video, Mika LaVaque-Manty, associate professor of political science and philosophy, explains how he uses video game playing strategies to motivate and engage students in his political sciences classes.
Moore project groundbreaking
With the ground frozen under heavy snow, U-M leaders headed indoors Thursday to celebrate the official groundbreaking for the Earl V. Moore Building renovation and expansion project at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Turning a ceremonial first shovelful of dirt while confetti flies around them are, from left: Regent Julia Donovan Darlow, SMTD Dean Christopher Kendall, donors Delores and William Brehm, Professor Emeritus Glenn Watkins, President Mary Sue Coleman and Provost Martha Pollack. (Photo by Peter Smith Photography)