Historically, when people talk about developing a good — or even great — city, the focus has been fairly superficial, says June Manning Thomas.
Tall, beautiful buildings and lively business and entertainment districts are important, but they aren't enough.
Just as we can better understand a complex, historical event through multiple points of view, the relationships between signals at nodes of a network can be used to create a clearer picture of a complicated network.
The Economist magazine calls LSA's Kent Berridge "the neuroscientist who has changed the way we look at desire." That's because Berridge understands how the brain's reward mechanisms work — and why human beings have such insatiable wants.
The decade between 1965 and 1975 was a period of intense interest among mathematicians in classifying sporadic simple groups.
Speakers of the endangered Andean language Aymara view the future as behind us and the past in front of us.
"It's a whole different way of viewing time," said Sarah Thomason, professor of linguistics in LSA. "If Aymara had died before anyone had noticed this, we would never know that humans might classify time that way."
The "Small World Effect," familiar to many as "Six Degrees of Separation," posits that a person can be linked to anyone else through a small number of individuals.
The element mercury has long held a fascination for people.
As the only metal that is liquid at room temperature, "quicksilver" was the star of medieval alchemy, and in recent times has been used in everything from thermometers to batteries, electrical switches, lightbulbs and dental fillings.
The career plan had been largely charted out for Peter Polverini by a family friend: He’d go to dental school, pick a specialty and go to work.
What Polverini actually did was quite different.
The future of federal science funding and the role of scientific evidence in policymaking has rocketed into the public spotlight in recent weeks. Many who work in science, medicine and engineering may find themselves pondering whether and how to enter the fray.
Seven faculty members who have received one of the university's top honors will offer Distinguished University Professor lectures about their work starting Thursday.
Recently appointed DUPs typically offer an inaugural lecture during the first or second full year of their appointments.
Flexible, lightweight and economical with energy: organic light emitting diodes are making it out of the lab and into the marketplace, and Stephen Forrest has been a major driver of that progress.
Nine faculty members have received one of the University of Michigan's top honors as Distinguished University Professors.
The appointments were approved by the Board of Regents on Thursday. They are effective Sept. 1.
How do we come to know the world? Susan Gelman's research examines this question by exploring the roots of human cognition as it develops in early childhood.
Contrary to classic theories of human learning, her work has found that young children readily consider hidden, internal, abstract entities in numerous domains of thought.
As a microbiologist who has studied bacteria in his lab for more than 30 years, Harry L. T. Mobley points out that most strains are good, and that many are necessary for basic biological functions in the human body, including digestion.
One of the greatest concerns in Ronald Suny's scholarship has been to study and document Turkey's long-denied 1915 genocide of more than 1.5 million Armenians.
Back when Peter Sparling began dancing 46 years ago, the concept of creating and performing across media wasn't widely accepted or practiced.
He began to challenge this notion as a young violin student at Interlochen Arts Academy, when he decided to take a dance class during his sophomore year.
The jumble of chemical elements was tamed when the Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev discovered how to group them into families with common properties.
Five faculty members who have received one of the university's top honors will offer Distinguished University Professor lectures beginning Nov. 5, presenting topics that highlight their work at U-M.