September 23, 2021

Multimedia Features

  1. September 23, 2021

    Earthfest 2021

    Photo of Clark McCall of Recreational Sports talking with Summer Nguyen

    Clark McCall of Recreational Sports talks with Summer Nguyen, an undergraduate in the School of Information, at a booth during Earthfest 2021. While the day was wet and chilly, members of the U-M campus community still turned out Sept. 23 for the annual fall celebration of campus sustainability efforts. (Photo by Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography)

    View a gallery of images from Earthfest
  2. September 22, 2021

    COVID or flu?

    With COVID-19 joining the seasonal mix of respiratory ailments that include allergies, flu and more, public health experts say it’s important to differentiate what may be similar symptoms. In this video, Lindsey Mortenson, acting director of University Health Service, talks about the differences, and the importance of getting tested to be sure.

    Learn more about getting tested for COVID-19
  3. September 21, 2021

    Wastewater to drinking water

    Krista Wigginton, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Michigan, has received a $1.2 million grant from EPA to evaluate the effectiveness of wastewater treatment methods for removing viruses from water. Image credit: Robert Coelius, University of Michigan Engineering

    In a key step toward improving the feasibility of reusing wastewater as drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency has granted University of Michigan researchers $1.2 million to study how well current treatment methods remove viruses from wastewater. The team believes that existing techniques may already be effective at removing pathogens, potentially reducing the complexity of upgrading water treatment facilities in drought-prone areas seeking to reuse wastewater and storm runoff for drinking water. Krista Wigginton, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, will head a three-year study. (Photo by Robert Coelius, College of Engineering)

    Read more about the grant and the wastewater study
  4. September 20, 2021

    10 years of Wallenberg Fellowships

    In its 10 years of existence, the Raoul Wallenberg Fellowship at U-M has become one of the most prestigious self-designed, independent study-abroad projects for students. Nine graduating seniors — one each year since 2013 — have had the opportunity to study abroad and immerse themselves in a new culture. That includes Adelia Davis, 2017 Wallenberg Fellow, shown here reading to children during a fellowship-based service project in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Chris Duncan)

    Read more about the Wallenberg Fellowship
  5. September 17, 2021

    Robotic first-responders

    A three-year project funded by a $1 million grant aims to equip bipedal walking robots to adapt on the fly and decide whether a given area is safe for walking. The technology could enable robots, like this Digit robot, to go into areas that are too dangerous for humans, including collapsed buildings and other disaster areas. (Photo by Joseph Xu, College of Engineering)

    Read more about the grant and the research it will support
  6. September 15, 2021

    A solar approach

    Producing the fertilizer that helps feed Earth’s 7.8 billion people comes with an environmental cost — one U-M engineers are hoping to lessen with a new strategy that favors sunlight over fossil fuels. The National Science Foundation has awarded U-M researchers $2 million to study the effectiveness of a new ammonia production process aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In this photo, Alexander Hill, a graduate student instructor, and Andrew Gayle, a graduate student research assistant, monitor a new reactor designed to produce ammonia for fertilizer without relying on fossil fuels. (Photo by Robert Coelius, College of Engineering)

    Read more about the grant and its potential applications
  7. September 14, 2021

    Video game nostalgia

    Since its establishment in the 1970s, the U-M Library’s popular Computer and Video Game Archive has offered students, staff, faculty and the general public a space to take a break, study, conduct research or play games among friends. The archive has remained quiet due to the pandemic, but there is a silver lining.

    Read more about the Computer and Video Game Archive
  8. September 13, 2021

    Ford Motor Company Robotics Building

    Photo of robotics demonstration at Ford Motor Company Robotics Building dedication

    Challen Adu (left), a robotics Ph.D. student in the College of Engineering, shows off the capabilities of the Boston Dynamics Spot and ANYmal C quadruped robots. The demonstration was among those that followed a Sept. 10 dedication ceremony for the new Ford Motor Company Robotics Building that houses the university’s robotics program and a floor of Ford research labs. The building brings together faculty and engineers with backgrounds from aerospace and artificial intelligence to biology and biomedicine. (Photo by Daryl Marshke, Michigan Photography)

    Read more about U-M’s robotics program
  9. September 10, 2021

    Mary Sue Coleman Hall

    Photo of a plaque being unveiled at the naming of Mary Sue Coleman Hall

    From left, President Emerita Mary Sue Coleman, President Mark Schlissel, Life Sciences Institute Director Roger Cone and Board of Regents Chair Jordan Acker unveil the replica of a plaque that will be installed on the newly named Mary Sue Coleman Hall. The Sept. 9 ceremony marked the formal naming of the building that houses the LSI, which Coleman helped bring to fruition as U-M’s 13th president. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography)

    Read more about the ceremony
  10. September 9, 2021

    The semester begins

    Students have moved in and classes are underway after the first week of the fall return to an in-person campus experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this video, U-M leaders offer their wisdom and welcome both incoming and returning students during the 2021 Fall Convocation ceremony amid scenes from the fall semester’s first week.