October 29, 2020

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Coming Events

  • Oct 26

    Attend at Home — Week of Oct. 26

    Poet Adeeba Shahid Talukder (MFA '15) is an alumna of the U-M Helen Zell Writers' Program. She is one of the eight subjects documented as part of Nasurat Durrani's film, "An American Prayer," which will debut this week as part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

    Each week, U-M’s Arts & Culture website highlights selected virtual events or exhibitions around the university.

    This week includes: UMS Digital Presentation: Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Isata Kanneh-Mason; Empowering the Women’s Vote Exhibition Panel Discussion; Late Antique Ceramic Contexts in an Egyptian Oasis; U-M Museum of Natural History Presents: Halloween @ Home — Science Fun.

  • Oct 29

    Civic Engagement & the Power of Speechwriting

    Reflections from former presidential speechwriters Sarah Hurwitz and John McConnell, 5:30-7 p.m.

  • Oct 30

    The Future of Cybersecurity: Predicting the Unpredictable

    With Ravi Pendse, vice president for information technology and chief information officer, and IT security experts Gee Rittenhouse and Dug Song, noon-1 p.m.

  • Oct 30

    Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope

    With Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist and author, noon-1:30 p.m.

More Events at Happening@Michigan

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Joe Braun
“I would see a map of a park and see a network of trails, and I would instantly want to see and hike every trail on the map.”

Joe Braun, a senior systems administrator at the Institute for Social Research who has written hiking guides and is an avid photographer

Read more about Joe Braun

This Week in U-M History

On Oct. 31, 1914, the Michigan Marching Band formed a block "M" while performing at Harvard Stadium.

Block ‘M’

On Oct. 31, 1914, the Michigan Marching Band formed a block “M” while performing at Harvard Stadium. Read about some of the other things that happened in U-M history during the week of Oct. 26-Nov. 1.

Read more about U-M in History

Weekly COVID-19 briefing

U-M’s weekly video briefing on issues related to COVID-19 routinely is scheduled for 1 p.m. each Friday. Viewers must log in via the Zoom app using their U-M uniqname and password. The briefing also will be recorded and posted publicly later for those who cannot view it in real time.

View the briefing live via Zoom

Michigan in the news

    • Emily Toth Martin

    “The magnitude, the speed of this increase is unlike any we’ve seen since the spring,” said Emily Toth Martin, associate professor of epidemiology. “However, the increase in testing alone does not explain this rise. This rise supersedes any sort of adjustment that you would expect based on testing patterns, so we are convinced there is a rapid change in the spread across Michigan.” 

    WXYZ (Detroit)
    • J. Alex Halderman

    “I’m worried that the Georgia system is the technical equivalent to the 737 Max. They have just made a last-minute software change that might well have unintended consequences and cause even more severe problems on Election Day,” said J. Alex Halderman, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, on the latest election technology being used in Georgia.

    PBS NewsHour
    • Headshot of Srijan Sen

    “There’s good data that women are better physicians and spend time with patients more. We don’t have nearly enough physicians. If COVID drives more women out of medicine, that will have long-term effects on physician shortages for decades,” said Srijan Sen, professor of psychiatry and associate vice president for health sciences.

    Crain's Detroit Business