Shirley Verrett Award winner
Anita Gonzalez, professor of theatre and drama, speaks during a ceremony Wednesday in which she received the sixth annual Shirley Verrett Award, presented by the U-M Woman of Color in the Academy Project to a faculty member whose work supports the success of female students or faculty in the arts who come from diverse cultural and racial backgrounds. Gonzalez heads the Global Theatre and Ethnic Studies minor in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and LSA. Read more about the Shirley Verrett Award and this year's winner. (Photo by Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography)
Mark Fendrick, professor of internal medicine, and health management and policy, speaks at a congressional briefing Tuesday about the Value-Based Insurance Design concept that allows insurers to align patients' out-of-pocket costs with the value of services, so they pay the least for tests and treatments that benefit them most. Fendrick has led the development of the V-BID concept at U-M. (Photo by Kristen Lunde)
3-D printed orthotics
A new way to design and 3-D print custom prosthetics and orthotics could give amputees, stroke patients and individuals with cerebral palsy lighter, better-fitting assistive devices in a fraction of the time it takes to get them currently. In this video, Albert Shih, professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering; Jeffrey Wensman, director of clinical and technical services at the U-M Orthotics and Prosthetics Center; and Robert Chisena, a graduate student in mechanical engineering, explain the process and its benefits.
More efficient brain surgery
A new approach to the practice of surgical pathology for brain tumor patients could make for a powerful combination: more accurate, safer and more efficient operations. In this video, Daniel Orringer, assistant professor of neurosurgery, discusses how the new technique may require less time spent in the operating room.
U-M researchers recently opened two unique restroom facilities to help them test and refine the idea that urine could be the sustainable fertilizer of the future. The system collects urine from public facilities — a waterless urinal and a split-bowl toilet on the second floor of the G.G. Brown Building — then stores and treats it one floor below so researchers can use it to make fertilizer products, which will be applied to selected trees and shrubs at the Nichols Arboretum and Matthaei Botanical Gardens.