In the News

  1. December 6, 2022
    • Pingsha Dong

    “The only way to join metal and plastic has been with adhesives or mechanical fasteners, which is too slow and expensive for anything but low-volume specialty vehicles,” said Pingsha Dong, professor of mechanical engineering, and naval architecture and marine engineering. “The processes we’re developing could change that and bring multimaterial vehicle structures and components from the realm of exotics into the mainstream.”

    R&D World
  2. December 6, 2022
    • Bridget Pearce

    “You have older patients with much more progressive disease, and you’re trying to cobble together an anesthetic that you have half of the medication available to you. You have a third of the equipment available to you.” In a sense, “you’re MacGyver-ing … what you need,” said Bridget Pearce, assistant professor of anesthesiology, who notes that her work in El Salvador and Peru “really is like nourishing your soul.”

  3. December 6, 2022

    “It’s a failure of humanity to have created these amazing materials which have improved our lives in many ways, but at the same time to be so shortsighted that we didn’t think about what to do with the waste,” said Anne McNeil, professor of chemistry, and macromolecular science and engineering, whose research team found a way to recycle one of the world’s most prevalent but toxic plastics by chemically breaking it down.

  4. December 5, 2022
    • Parth Vaishnav

    “In new construction, installing a heat pump can be cheaper than extending a natural gas connection, installing a furnace, and installing an air conditioner,” said Parth Vaishnav, assistant professor of environment and sustainability, whose research found that 70 percent of U.S. households could reduce climate damages caused by CO2 emissions by installing a heat pump.

    Popular Science
  5. December 5, 2022
    • Frederic Blow

    The fraying of social networks and shutdowns during the pandemic exacerbated alcohol and drug abuse among older Americans, said Frederic Blow, professor of psychiatry and director of the U-M Addiction Center: “When you add that to feelings of loneliness and isolation, of feeling at the end of the world in some ways, it became an impetus for people to start using more than they ever had in the past.”

    The New York Times
  6. December 5, 2022

    “AI is like the nuclear power of this age,” said Kentaro Toyama, professor of information. “It has tremendous potential both for good and bad, but … I think if we don’t start practicing regulating the bad, all the dystopian AI science fiction will become dystopian science fact.”

    The Washington Post
  7. December 2, 2022
    • Sushil Atreya

    Despite claims that Jupiter is warming, there’s not enough data to show a global trend, says Sushil Atreya, professor of climate and space sciences and engineering: “The only systematic measurements of Jupiter’s heat balance were done by Voyager spacecraft four decades ago.” Limited data since then have shown temperature fluctuations in “different regions of the atmosphere and different parts of the planet, but they don’t represent the planet’s temperature as a whole.”

    USA Today
  8. December 2, 2022
    • Lori Ploutz-Snyder

    Exercise like an astronaut and you might avoid the unhealthy effects of sitting too much, says Lori Ploutz-Snyder, dean of the School of Kinesiology, whose research suggests that the right mix of scientifically tested exercises can stave off undesirable physical consequences from being weightless on the space station — or inactive for long hours on Earth: “Exercise is quite potent in these conditions.”

    The Washington Post
  9. December 2, 2022
    • Kenneth Lowande

    Legislative changes prompted by the diverse new Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives could still be years away, but it’s a crucial first step, says Kenneth Lowande, assistant professor of political science and public policy: “I’d say that really what this is is the groundwork for something bigger.”

  10. December 1, 2022
    • Monica Carvalho

    “We now know that, although flowers diversified in the dinosaur era, they took longer to come to dominate the forest, and that evolutionary opportunity arose for them, thanks to the ecological catastrophe unleashed” by the meteorite that hit the Yucatan Peninsula 66 million years ago, said Monica Carvalho, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences and assistant curator of the Museum of Paleontology.

    Knowable Magazine