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.
Christin Carter-Su is recognized internationally for her landmark studies relevant to diseases and syndromes including short stature, metabolic syndrome, childhood obesity, cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.
North Korea's official name includes "Democratic People's Republic." The full national title of Laos is the "Lao People's Democratic Republic." And yet neither of these countries has a government that appears, to our American eyes, to be a democracy.
The son of Hungarian Holocaust survivors, Tamas Gombosi took an unlikely path to his post as an eminent space scientist at U-M.
In the Oscar-nominated film “The Imitation Game” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, British scientist and mathematician Alan Turing built a computer that cracked the German naval Enigma code, leading to several Allied victories and believed to have shortened World War II. That was in 1939.
Despite tremendous advances in the field of two-legged robots during the past few decades, bipedal machines are a long way from impersonating, much less improving upon, the human gait.
Five faculty members who have received one of the university's top honors will offer Distinguished University Professor lectures beginning Feb. 4, presenting topics that highlight their work at U-M.