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July 20, 2017

Cool Project in Cuba

Erb Cool Project in Cuba - Renewable Energy

The Erb Institute's effort to promote sustainability through the power of business includes a program called "Cool Projects." In this video, dual master's degree student Nick Barret explains how the program allowed him to travel to Cuba to learn more about how that country's renewable energy future might lie in the development of biomass power generation using sugarcane as a fuel source.

Straw bale house

University of Michigan Professor Joe Trumpey Shows How to Build a Straw-Bale Building

Twenty-two U-M undergraduates, led by Joe Trumpey, associate professor of art, of natural resources, and of environment, used 200 bales of straw and some mud to build U-M's first off-the-grid structure. Poised on a hilltop overlooking Douglas Lake at the U-M Biological Station, it is the university's first foray into straw bale building, and the first student-built structure in more than 100 years. In this video, Trumpey describes how it came to be.

Celebrating the staff

Keysha Jefferson, a medical assistant specialist lead with Michigan Medicine, has her photo taken with Neil Sauter, "The Michigan Stiltwalker," during MSTAFF200. The daylong event Tuesday honored 200 years of contributions by university staff members, with a series of displays, music, food and fun on the Diag and Ingalls Mall. Click here for highlights of the celebration, including a gallery of images, to learn about public art coming this fall that honors staff, and watch a video about the "Bicentennial Blocks" that were given as mementos. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography)

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

"I have learned, and am still learning, to be sensitive to cultures and backgrounds, especially during times like these."

Sofia Carlsson, academic adviser, International Institute

Old School

Bold experiment

Women were admitted to the University of Michigan starting in 1870, the first for a large state university.

Michigan in the News

"It's essentially public outrage. If the monitors are behaving badly, there won't be any monitoring. Then we need to rely on employees to speak up, whistle-blowing, and customers putting pressure on companies once these issues come to light," said Cindy Schipani, professor of business law, on how to hold private companies accountable for wrongdoing.

Los Angeles Times

"This combination of research and testing in a controlled facility like Mcity, and testing on the street in the real world, on this scale, doesn't exist anywhere else in the world," said James Sayer, director of the U-M Transportation Research Institute, referring to U-M's development of interconnected, driverless car technologies.

The New York Times

Inés Ibáñez, associate professor of environment and sustainability, and ecology and evolutionary biology, discussed the impact of climate change and other global change factors that are causing trees to migrate north and west in search of more moisture and cooler temperatures.

Michigan Radio

"While HBO has shown that global TV blockbusters are now possible, they aren't likely to become common practice. Internet-distributed services that are building a global subscriber base-–such as Netflix and Amazon Video-–have a clear advantage in this regard," wrote Amanda Lotz, professor of communication studies and screen arts and cultures, in an op-ed on the worldwide popularity of HBO's "Games of Thrones."