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News for Faculty and Staff

June 27, 2016

Community health: Building patient trust

Dr. Adren M. Morris, associate professor of surgery, and health behavior and health education, explores how a more diverse faculty could be seen as more welcoming to diverse patients and build better trust between patients and physicians. This video is part of a series — presented periodically throughout the summer — designed to engage the campus community in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative President Mark Schlissel announced in November 2015. View the full series on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion playlist.

Squeeze dial?

What if you could control your phone by squeezing it? Thanks to U-M computer engineers, that’s a scenario that might one day be widespread. In this video, computer science and engineering doctoral student Yu-Chih Tung explains ForcePhone, software that allows any smartphone user to control their device with force and pressure.

Campus culture: Owning the message

Will Sherry, director of the Spectrum Center, explores the importance of owning the work within the diversity, equity and inclusion effort to shift campus culture. Focused on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as its framework, the Spectrum Center is committed to enriching the campus experience and developing students as individuals and as members of communities. This video is part of a series — presented periodically throughout the summer — designed to engage the campus community in the diversity, equity and inclusion initiative President Mark Schlissel announced in November 2015. View the full series of videos.

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

"It used to be frustrating to think that if we start doing research on this maybe in three or four years we can have something for them. The fact that you can design something and you have the technology to make it right away is phenomenal."

Scott Hollister, professor of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering and associate professor of surgery

Old School

Diag scene

A man holds his bicycle next to class of 1862 boulder in the U-M Diag, circa 1890-1910. The boulder originally stood near Old Haven Hall, just north of Angell Hall.

Michigan in the News

A study by Lauren Schmitz, research fellow at the Institute for Social Research, found that people who lose their jobs late in their careers are more vulnerable to weight gain and poor health, especially men.

Money

"What new parents probably do not know is that a crying infant can trigger a testosterone dip in some men, which turns out to be a good thing. Less testosterone may make them more empathic and less aggressive, which may make them better fathers," said Brenda Volling, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Human Growth and Development.

The Conversation

Huda Akil, professor of psychiatry and co-director of the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, was interviewed about the flood of new Ph.D.s in neuroscience.

Scientific American