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News for Faculty and Staff

July 27, 2016

Biological Science Building

LSA Dean Andrew Martin signs the final beam for the new Biological Science Building before it is placed during the building's topping out ceremony, a traditional builder's rite, on July 20. The building, which is scheduled for completion in fall 2017, will house classrooms, research laboratories, offices and four museums. Watch progress online via web cameras. (Photo by Natalie Condon, LSA Development, Marketing & Communications)

Need for speed

Athletes of all levels, from marathoners to casual joggers, take their running seriously, and this is the crowd that the School of Kinesiology's Michigan Performance Research Laboratory caters to. In this video, Cristine Agresta, a postdoctoral fellow and physical therapist, and Jessica Deneweth Zendler, the lab's director and an assistant research scientist, explain how, for a fee, the lab evaluates athletes to optimize their athletic performance.

Rivals Challenge

Dr. Robert Winfield, U-M chief health officer and executive director of University Health Service, takes a group selfie at the Rivals Challenge Recognition Celebration on July 8 at the Michigan League. Though U-M fell short in beating Ohio State in the employee exercise challenge, more than 7,000 U-M faculty and staff participated, logging 13.4 million activity minutes and raising $1,600 for Project Healthy Schools. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography)

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

Dr. Dock

Dr. George Dock, with percussion hammer, demonstrates proper procedure in an amphitheater-style classroom in 1898, in the Medical School.

Michigan in the News

Michael Heaney, assistant professor of organizational studies and political science, says both political parties are concerned with winning women's support: "The place of gender issues is far from clear. … Our nation's ideas about gender and feminism are as polarized as anything else in our political system."


"What's most troubling to me is the risks people are taking might expose them to costs that aren't covered by their own insurance. We have to make sure informed consent is truly informed," said Rachel Kahn Best, assistant professor of sociology, about the lack of long-term care for injured research volunteers.

U.S. News & World Report

Comments by Dr. Kenneth Langa, professor of internal medicine, gerontology and health management and policy, were featured in an article about personality changes and early stages of dementia.

The New York Times

Megan Tompkins-Stange, assistant professor of public policy, discussed her new book, "Policy Patrons," which looks at how philanthropy helps drive reform efforts in K-12 and higher education.

Inside Higher Ed

"Physical activity is not something patients necessarily want to do. But kids got excited about the game, so they don’t mind. Playing Pokémon Go encourages them not only to move, but also to go out of their rooms and talk to one another or to the hospital staff," said J.J. Bouchard, digital media manager at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.


Reuven Avi-Yonah, professor of law, was quoted in a story about ways that U.S. companies, like Facebook, have avoided paying higher taxes in Europe.

The Washington Post

"'The Apprentice' was great entertainment and lousy leadership. Relishing 'firing' 19 people to hire one is awful leadership," said Dave Ulrich, professor of business administration, commenting on Donald Trump's executive style.


Christian Davenport, professor of political science, says that America has not dealt well with political violence, usually seeking ways to respond in kind — stifling any possibility of a national conversation on the major economic and social issues at the roots of grievances.

The Christian Science Monitor

Comments by Michael Flannagan, research associate professor at the U-M Transportation Research Institute, were featured in an article about the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety's low ratings of most vehicle headlights.

The New York Times

"When a public health agency unequivocally states 'don’t eat raw dough' (regardless of whether flour or other ingredients were affected by a recall or not), it is implying (falsely) that no one could rationally disagree. Well, I’m a public health faculty member, and I disagree," said Brian Zikmund-Fisher, associate professor of health behavior and health education.