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  • Oct 18

    Animal/Vegetable/Mineral art exhibit

    Works by Susan Crowell of the Residential College and Stamps School, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, East Quadrangle – RC Art Gallery, runs through Nov. 12

  • Oct 19

    Lost in Translation

    Chinese Literature and World Literature at the International Writing Program, with Jin Feng of Grinnell College, noon-1 p.m., virtual

  • Oct 20

    Global perspectives on public health

    A conversation with Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, noon-1 p.m., virtual

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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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    • Jeremy Bricker

    “To what extent is that concrete there because of the stuff that needs to be protected and to what extent is it part of the Japanese culture?” said Jeremy Bricker, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, on Japan’s use of barriers such as concrete dams, sea walls and tetrapods to protect against natural disasters.

    The New York Times
    • Headshot of Erin Cech

    “There seems to be this sentiment that, ‘security be damned, we’re trying to find meaning,’” said Erin Cech, associate professor of sociology, on how the pandemic has encouraged many to take stock of their lives, quit their jobs and find happiness and fulfillment in new careers. Her research shows the pursuit of stability, income and status has been overtaken by what she calls “the passion principle,” which is now a central factor in career decision-making. 

    Financial Times
    • Photo of Kenneth Warner

    Ken Warner, dean emeritus of the School of Public Health, said the FDA’s authorization of an e-cigarette from R.J. Reynolds is a positive step for reducing the harms of smoking, but lamented that only a vaping device backed by a Big Tobacco company won the endorsement: “The demands the FDA places on companies filing these applications are so extraordinarily difficult to meet that only those with huge resources and personnel … are able to file successfully.” 

    The Associated Press