The Big History Project course at Black River Public School in Holland, Michigan, isn't a social studies class about wars and world leaders. It's much bigger. Students examine the Big Bang to contemporary civilization to what may happen, putting human existence in the context of the past, present and future. Black River follows a curriculum co-designed by Bob Bain, associate professor of education and of history, and is one of more than 1,500 schools across the country to offer the course.
Celebrating Betty Ford
Michael Ford, son of former President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford, talks with students, staff and faculty at a reception Friday to celebrate the 100th birthday of his mother. The event at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy drew U-M and political leaders, along with faculty, staff and students to celebrate Betty Ford's legacy, which included work in the areas of breast cancer, substance addiction and women's rights.
Robotics Building groundbreaking
Starting in early 2020, robots will drive, walk, fly and help rehabilitate or enhance human function in the $75-million Ford Motor Company Robotics Building at U-M, and officials broke ground on the 140,000-square-foot, four-story complex of classrooms, offices and tailored lab space Friday. Turning the ceremonial first shovelfuls of dirt are, from left: Regent Michael Behm, President Mark Schlissel, Ken Washington, vice president of research and advanced engineering and chief technology officer of Ford Motor Co., College of Engineering Dean Alec Gallimore, Gov. Rick Snyder, Michigan Robotics doctoral student Katherine Skinner, and Jessy Grizzle, director of the U-M Robotics Institute. (Photo by Daryl Marshke, Michigan Photography)
'Until We Meet Again'
Alyssa Abbate, a junior studying communications, joins others in painting messages on the floor of the Michigan Union's outside patio during Thursday's "Until We Meet Again" celebration of the Union before it closes for major renovations at the end of this month. The event also featured interactive displays including a virtual reality experience, giveaways, performances and refreshments.
Paula Sorrell, director of the U-M Economic Growth Institute, speaks to a Capitol Hill briefing in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday about the benefits of a U.S. Department of Defense-funded program coordinated by the institute that assists small and medium-sized defense supply manufacturers in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. The Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program has had an outstanding record of keeping many of these companies alive and thriving. (Photo by Mike Waring, Washington Office)