University of Michigan
News for Faculty and Staff

December 8, 2016

DDLA recipients

Recipients of the eighth annual Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award for U-M staff were celebrated Tuesday at a breakfast ceremony at the Michigan Union. The 10 individual winners, who received $1,000 each, are shown above. Five teams also received $2,500 each. The prizes are to be used toward professional development activities. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography)

Why lithium ion batteries explode

Lithium ion batteries are in homes, cars, even on our person at nearly all times. However, there’s a lot that goes into the creation of any single lithium ion cell and even a small error at a given point in that process could lead to big problems during the battery's life cycle. In this video, Greg Less, senior laboratory manager at the U-M Energy Institute's Battery Fabrication and Characterization User Facility, discusses not only why and how the batteries might explode, but how researchers at U-M are trying to change the way they are made for a safer and more efficient future.

Connecting faculty with industry partners

Support, resources and partnerships help U-M faculty and researchers develop ideas and bring research to life. This video explores how the Business Engagement Center extends the university's academic excellence beyond the classroom, actively creating dialogue and seamlessness between academia and industry.

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

"I feel like advancing reproductive care for women and working to promote the dignity of all women, particularly those challenged with physical and cognitive disabilities, is my calling."

— Chief of gynecology at the University Health Service, and director of the Gynecology Clinic for Women with Disabilities at VonVoigtlander Women's Hospital.

Old School

University Musical Society organ

The Frieze Memorial Organ, which entertained visitors to the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, sits inside University Memorial Hall in 1896.

Michigan in the News

"Yes, in Cuba one had access to doctors and medicines but not to freedom of speech. But how far does freedom of speech really get you if your health insurance deductibles are so large that you have had to forgo your heart medication and are in a state of atrial fibrillation?" wrote Daniel Herwitz, professor of comparative literature, history of art, philosophy, and art and design.

The Hindu

Michelle Segar, associate director at the Sport, Health and Activity Research and Policy Center for Women and Girls, says that instead of trying to hold yourself to a mental promise to work out, put it in your calendar as a way to stay accountable: "It is an appointment — with yourself."


Ronald Inglehart, professor of political science, says the economy has a lot to do with the millennial generation's feelings of disaffection toward government.

The Washington Post

Research by Dr. Patrick Carter, assistant professor of emergency medicine, shows that after Michigan repealed its helmet law, motorcycle riders who crashed were 24 percent less likely to be wearing a helmet and 14 percent more likely to suffer a head injury.


NASA will launch satellites created by Chris Ruf and Aaron Ridley, professors of climate and space sciences and engineering, that will improve hurricane forecasting. It is the first time NASA has let outside scientists run and control one of its missions.

WXYZ-TV (Detroit)

Jon D. Miller, director of the International Center for the Advancement of Scientific Literacy at the Institute for Social Research, says that many are hopeful the federal government will continue its support of STEM education and vocational and technical schools under a Trump presidency.

Scientific American