Cool Project in Cuba
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
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)
In what could be a major step forward for a new generation of solar cells called "concentrator photovoltaics," a team of U-M researchers has developed a new semiconductor alloy that can capture the near-infrared light located on the leading edge of the visible light spectrum. In this photo, Jordan Occena, a graduate researcher, and Sunyeol Jeon, a former graduate student researcher, calibrate the apparatus used to spray paint the "magic" chemical cocktail onto blank gallium arsenide wafers. Read more about the development. (Photo by Joseph Xu, College of Engineering)
Remembering the Survival Flight tragedy
Ten years ago this month, on June 4, 2007, Michigan Medicine suffered a tragic loss of six faculty and staff members, when their Survival Flight plane went down over Lake Michigan during a transplant mission. In this video, Michigan Medicine staff members remember the events of that terrible day, the grief that followed and the importance of continuing such life-saving efforts.