Cheaper, stronger concrete
High prices for stronger, more durable concrete have kept it out of widespread use by local, state and federal governments. In this video, Sherif El-Tawil, professor of civil and environmental engineering, discusses a non-proprietary blend of ultra-high-performance concrete that he developed at the request of Michigan’s Department of Transportation. The concrete, which comes with a drastically-reduced cost, is in use on a bridge in St. Clair County and the formula is being made available for free.
Financial aid testimony
Susan Dynarski (left), professor of public policy, education, and economics, talks with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, before Dynarski testified at a hearing by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Dynarski, an expert on financial aid for higher education, discussed how other countries have designed their loan programs, the differences between the repayment systems in America and other countries, and what lessons Congress can draw from different models. (Photo by Cindy Bank, Washington Office)
At U-M, the commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is central to its mission as an educational institution. This video explores how departments across campus have partnered to provide training and skill development opportunities to help create a community where people’s differences contribute to further learning and advancements in all fields of study and patient care.
Summer Youth Employment Program
U-M's Poverty Solutions initiative partnered with the Ginsberg Center and other campus offices to help expand and bring significant resources to the Washtenaw County Summer Youth Employment Project, enabling area youth to gain invaluable experiences in professional work settings as they consider their future careers. In this video, program organizers and participants discuss the program and its benefits.
MLK Symposium keynote
Taking his message into the audience at Hill Auditorium on Monday, author, actor and philanthropist Hill Harper called on the audience to use its collective power to advocate for change in the spirit of the Rev. Martin Luther King. "Activism is critical because, through activism, we become agents of change," said Harper, the keynote memorial speaker at U-M's 2018 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium. (Photo by Daryl Marshke, Michigan Photography)