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May 27, 2017


March 4, 2016

Fuel-efficient cars: Best way to fight climate change

While Americans can do a lot of little things in their daily lives to help reduce carbon emissions, driving a vehicle that gets better gas mileage is by far the best way for an individual to combat climate change, say University of Michigan researchers.

February 23, 2016

Officials in large Michigan cities worried about potential unrest

While local leaders say police forces across Michigan have good overall relations with their communities, those in larger cities worry about the possibility of civil unrest after well-publicized incidents in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore.

February 17, 2016

New anti-biofilm compounds may aid fight against hospital infections

Researchers at the Life Sciences Institute and School of Public Health have discovered a new class of anti-biofilm compounds derived from marine micro-organisms that show promise against a drug-resistant bacterium commonly associated with hospital-acquired infections.

February 11, 2016

University researchers contribute to gravitational wave discovery

For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at Earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe.

The discovery confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.

February 9, 2016

Insecure teens use social media to harass, threaten dating partners

A teen girl gets delayed text messages from her boyfriend. She feels a bit anxious and wonders if her partner is cheating.

If she sends her boyfriend numerous text messages asking where he is or checks his cell phone without permission to calm her anxiety, she is engaging in "digital dating abuse," experts say.

February 3, 2016

Center for the Discovery of New Medicines funds five projects

The Center for the Discovery of New Medicines has awarded funding for five new drug discovery projects by U-M faculty that address critical health areas including chronic kidney disease, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, toxoplasmosis and atherosclerosis.

February 3, 2016

Focus on great apes creates research gaps in tropical Africa, Asia

Large national parks that are home to gorillas, chimpanzees and other great apes are focal points for much of the field research conducted in tropical Africa and Asia, resulting in crucial knowledge gaps and a biased view of broader conservation needs in those regions.

January 29, 2016

Head up, heart down: Vertical placement matters

University of Michigan marketing professor Aradhna Krishna says people make real-life associations with rationality and emotions when it comes to an advertisement's physical placement on a printed page or website.

January 29, 2016

Call of the wild: Male geladas captivate females with moans, yawns

For female gelada monkeys, a grunt from a male primate won't suffice to get her attention. The call of the wild must involve moans, wobbles or yawns to entice these females, according to a new University of Michigan study involving the Ethiopian mammals. 

January 29, 2016

Brain power in animals: Size does matter

Just how smart are animals? It is believed that animals whose brains are large relative to their body size are highly intelligent — and now a new study supports that theory.

January 28, 2016

Innovation gets a boost with the right competition, study finds

Competition has long been seen as a fuel that powers innovation in many industries.

But the type of competition makes a huge difference on how much firms spend on research and development, said Yue Maggie Zhou, professor of strategy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

January 27, 2016

Aggressive behavior more common among half- and stepsiblings

About one in six U.S. children — more than previously thought — live with half- or stepsiblings just before starting kindergarten, according to a new study. 

And these children behave aggressively more often, on average, than do other children.

January 22, 2016

Flexible film may lead to phone-sized cancer detector

A thin, stretchable film that coils light waves like a Slinky could one day lead to more precise, less expensive monitoring for cancer survivors.

The University of Michigan chemical engineers who developed the film say it could help patients get better follow-up treatment with less disruption to their everyday lives.

January 20, 2016

Minority, low-income neighborhoods targeted for hazardous waste

Minority and low-income neighborhoods and communities in transition are disproportionately targeted by industries that follow the path of least resistance when deciding where to locate hazardous waste sites and other polluting facilities.

January 19, 2016

IRWG announces six Faculty Seed Grant recipients

The Institute for Research on Women and Gender has awarded six seed grants for faculty projects on women, gender, and sexuality.

The IRWG grants support individual research activities, as well as collaborative projects, such as pilot studies or initial research efforts.

The 2016 recipients and their projects are:


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