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December 18, 2017

Multimedia Features

October 24, 2017

Why model organisms?

Why do scientists use model organisms?

Ever wonder why fruit flies are used so often in biological research? It's because genetically the tiny insects have much in common with humans. This video from the Life Sciences Institute shows why researchers don't study fruit flies, yeast and other model organisms to learn more about them — but rather to learn more about fundamental biological processes that are important for human health and disease.

October 23, 2017

Guide to health benefits

A Quick Guide to Your U-M Health Plan Options

One of the most important decisions made during Open Enrollment is choosing a health plan. This video offers a brief guide to some of the key differences in the plans offered to U-M faculty, staff and retirees. Open Enrollment runs through Nov. 3.

October 20, 2017

On the value of research

Rebecca Cunningham, associate vice president for research – health sciences, testified Wednesday before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management about federal support for research. She highlighted the crucial role the federal government provides in supporting basic, curiosity-driven research alongside applied research and engineering, along with the economic benefits of federally supported research. The committee will use testimony by Cunningham and other witnesses as they consider legislation regarding how the government awards federal research dollars. Read her full testimony or watch a video of the hearing.

October 19, 2017

Printable medications

Printable Meds

A technology that can print pure, ultra-precise doses of drugs onto a wide variety of surfaces could one day enable on-site printing of custom-dosed medications at pharmacies, hospitals and other locations. This video illustrates the technique, which was developed at U-M.

October 18, 2017


Academic Innovators: Elisabeth Gerber

Elisabeth Gerber, professor of public policy, has used role-playing simulations for the past dozen years to help teach students how policies are developed. In this video, she describes how PolicyMaker, a new platform she developed, allows her to customize role-playing simulations. Joining other U-M inventors, Gerber will display PolicyMaker at the 17th annual Celebrate Invention event 3-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Michigan League Ballroom.