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July 18, 2019

Transportation testimony

Henry Liu (left), professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering and professor of engineering systems at the U-M Transportation Research Institute, speaks with U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Michigan, chair of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Research and Technology, after testifying on the importance of a robust national transportation research agenda. Liu was questioned on issues ranging from tech transfer to what Congress should do to get connected and automated vehicles on the road. (Photo by Andrew Loeb, Washington Office)

Fighting malnutrition in Rwanda

Profiling a WDI MAP Student Project in Rwanda

Earlier this year, the William Davidson Institute sponsored 11 Multidisciplinary Action Project teams that worked for organizations around the world. MAP is an action-based learning course in which MBA students receive guidance from faculty advisers at WDI and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. This video tells the story of one of those teams, which spent three weeks in Rwanda working on a business model to grow a ready-to-use therapeutic food that is used to treat severe, acute malnutrition.

Welcome home, Wolverines

From left, U-M baseball players Jack Weisenburger, Jack Blomgren and Jordon Rogers greet fans who turned out June 27 to cheer their return home from the College World Series, where the Wolverines finished the 2019 season as the national runner-up. Michigan lost 8-2 to Vanderbilt in the final game of the best-of-three championship series, finishing the season with a 50-22 record. The Wolverines’ 50 wins are the most by a Michigan baseball team since 1987. (Photo by Daryl Marshke, Michigan Photography)

Photo of Jeannie Kain with her son Stephan
Faculty/Staff Spotlight

"To see the faces of the veterans and to hear their expressions of gratitude is just so heartwarming and moving.”

Jeannie Kain, senior auditor in the Office of Audit Services

This Week in U-M History

National Medal of Science winner

President George W. Bush presented the National Medal of Science to Hyman Bass, professor of mathematics and education, on July 27, 2007. Read about some of the other things that happened in U-M history during the weeks of July 15-28. 

Michigan in the News

“For a long time, there’s sort of been a bargain between the public and research universities: We do research, we do advanced education. In return, the public gives us resources, and then the freedom to explore and discover. And I think the societal respect for the success of that enterprise seems to be diminishing,” said President Mark Schlissel.

Bridge Magazine

Research by Dorceta Taylor, professor of environmental sociology, suggests a lack of transparency when it comes to demographic data within environmental organizations: “It is certainly a curious phenomenon. Is it pushback against this idea that diversity is something important?”

Michigan Radio

“The astronaut office viewed scientists as pipe-smoking oddities having unruly hair and wearing baggy tweed jackets with leather patches on our elbows,” said Tony England, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at UM-Dearborn and NASA’s first scientist astronaut, whose ingenuity helped save the Apollo 13 crew.

The Oakland Press

“It does suggest that the Women’s March has made sustained efforts to organize women in a way that involves many different issues, including race, sexuality, class and religion — and that the large majority of its participants embrace those values,” wrote Michael Heaney, adjunct research assistant professor at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, whose research suggests that the Women’s March has lived up to its stated commitment to intersectional activism.

The Washington Post

“For American science to advance, basic and applied research must be openly and widely shared. At the same time, the United States must continue to benefit — as it has for decades — from the world’s best and brightest scholars coming to the country to study and work. Indiscriminate restrictions on either could do irreparable harm to the U.S. scientific enterprise,” wrote Mary Sue Coleman, U-M president emerita.

Science