Many workplace injuries and fatalities are related to falls from ladders. Michigan researchers are leading an effort to determine whether or not the distance between ladder rungs is the reason for many workplace falls. In this video, Thomas J. Armstrong, professor of industrial and operations engineering, and Charles Woolley, senior research lab specialist and lecturer with the Center for Ergonomics, discuss how they developed a "ladder mill" to determine if the traditional standard for rung lengths is too long and potentially the cause for workplace falls.
In the good old summertime
As the last days of summer take us into fall, Michigan Today offers a look back at some summer scenery at U-M's Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. Click the photo for a gallery of images that show the natural beauty and educational opportunities at these scenic locations. (Photo by Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography)
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao (second from left) talks with Randy Visintainer of the Ford Motor Co. during a visit Tuesday to Mcity. Looking on are U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, and Ziad Ojakli of Ford. Chao joined a variety of industry, government and university officials at U-M's 32-acre test site for connected and automated vehicles to announce new federal guidance for industry and state governments on automated driving systems. (Photo by Roger Hart, Michigan Photography)
Jerboas and bipedal robots
Researchers from U-M have created a model to quantitatively measure the unpredictability of the movement pattern of the jerboa, a bipedal desert rodent. In this video, Ram Vasudevan, assistant professor in mechanical engineering, and Talia Moore, research fellow in ecology and evolutionary biology, discuss how they used information theory to measure the randomness or unpredictability of this highly evasive animal, and why they believe their model can be applied to bipedal robots as a way to engineer unpredictability in their gait.
Taubman Wing opening
Jonathan Massey (second from right), dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, presents a ceremonial brick inscribed with a Block M to Robert Taubman during Friday's grand opening of the A. Alfred Taubman Wing of the Art & Architecture Building. Looking on are Gayle Taubman Kalisman (left) and William Taubman. All three are children of A. Alfred Taubman, namesake of the addition that provides an additional 36,000 square feet to the existing 72,000 square foot facility. (Photo by Daryl Marshke, Michigan Photography)