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Brian DiBlassio

“It’s just one of those situations being in a city like Ann Arbor where you have all these opportunities and culture, I definitely benefitted from that.”

— Brian DiBlassio, associate professor of music in the College of Arts and Sciences at UM-Flint, who began playing piano at age 9 and has been in the same band since 1999

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U-M Heritage

With the United States on the brink of war in 1941 and visions of the devastation wrought by the influenza pandemic during the first world war, U-M virologist Tommy Francis was assigned a monumental task. He had to advise the Army on healthy housing and sanitation, treat flu outbreaks and develop a vaccine.

The first flu shot

With the United States on the brink of war in 1941 and visions of the devastation wrought by the influenza pandemic during the first world war, U-M virologist Tommy Francis was assigned a monumental task. He had to advise the Army on healthy housing and sanitation, treat flu outbreaks and develop, test, manufacture and administer a vaccine.

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    • Ketra Armstrong

    “I agree with their approach to really connect with the youth level, to nurture the interest and to nurture the talent and to nurture the consumerism” at the local level, said Ketra Armstrong, professor of sport management, commenting on a new women’s professional volleyball league. “Women’s sports don’t always have the same margin of error as men’s sports. So launching this thing, they need to do it right. It needs to be solid.”

    National Public Radio
    • Dan Slater

    Because Myanmar’s military junta “is almost bereft of domestic and international support,” the release of thousands of political prisoners makes sense, says Dan Slater, professor of political science and director of the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, who believes “conditions on the ground will not change or improve,” unless the military releases the rightfully elected political leadership and returns to its own original power-sharing process.

    The Washington Post
    • Headshot of Nora Becker

    “These are people with good commercial insurance and good access to care. So if I was going to take a guess, among the uninsured, things are probably much worse,” said Nora Becker, assistant professor of internal medicine, whose research found that breast cancer screenings “dropped almost basically to zero” in June 2020, before eventually returning to pre-pandemic levels — but not enough to make up for screenings missed in the first months of the pandemic.

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram