Faculty to give community talks at Feast of Ideas


In honor of the University of Michigan bicentennial, the Ann Arbor community will become a real-life classroom during the Feast of Ideas, an array of 20-minute talks by U-M faculty that will be free and open to the public.

The talks, which will be given by faculty representing a diverse range of disciplines, will take place inside Ann Arbor shops, restaurants and cafes from 6-9 p.m. Thursday.

The scheduled presentations cover a wide range of topics, including:

• How people can improve their decision-making skills.

• Genes and the environment.

• The state of childhood obesity science and the influence of parenting on children’s eating.

• Pleasure, desire and addiction in the brain.

• Engineering and health care.

• Lessons from the U-M Papyrus Collection’s ancient texts.

• The history of the medium of the book.

• Using small molecules in the blood to better understand sepsis.

• Digital dentistry.

• Artist-driven performances of resistance.

• How professional sport is working to promote community development, health and sustainability.

• Mathematical modeling in public health.

• Using patients’ genetic analysis to determine response to medications.

• The 14-billion-year history of the world.

• How common compounds may have damaging effects through abnormal epigenetic and genetic regulation.

• New ways U-M faculty are seeking to decipher how to target specific RNAs with small molecules for the treatment of human diseases.

For more information about the faculty presenters, their topics and locations, go to myumi.ch/J7N8A.


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