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)
'We Want a Veto'
The International Institute's annual photo contest offers a window onto the unique places where students affiliated with the institute and its 17 centers and programs have gone to intern and study abroad the previous year. This photo by Matt Harmon, titled "We Want a Veto," took first place in the Not Just a Tourist category. "Warsaw erupted when its government almost passed a bill that would put the Polish Supreme Court under government control. The people did not stay silent," Harmon said.
When China formally announced plans to establish a national carbon market in December, it was double the European Union's carbon market and 10 times the size of California's cap-and-trade system. The effort to create a market for carbon pricing has been littered with stories of many failures but also some successes over the last two decades. In this video, Barry Rabe, the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy, discusses why political support for a carbon price remains one of the heaviest lifts in American politics and beyond.