Multimedia Features

  1. April 17, 2024

    Surname order and grades

    Knowing your ABCs is essential to academic success, but having a last name starting with A, B or C might also help make the grade. An analysis by U-M researchers of more than 30 million grading records from U-M finds students with alphabetically lower-ranked names receive lower grades. In this video, researchers Jun Li, Jiaxin Pei and Helen Wang discuss the study’s findings and how they arrived at them.

    Read more about the study
  2. April 16, 2024

    Trees to tables

    Photo of associate professor Joseph Trumpey (far left) and students in his Tree to Table class posing with one of their projects, a conference table.

    Storm-damaged trees and others from across U-M are being turned into new, functional campus furniture. Associate professor Joseph Trumpey and his students are milling logs and working with wood from trees that include the historic Tappan Oak. The resulting conference and coffee tables will be placed around the Ann Arbor campus. In this photo, Trumpey (far left) and his students pose with one of their projects, a conference table. (Photo by Jen Hogan, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design)

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  3. April 11, 2024

    Better battery manufacturing

    New chemistries for batteries, semiconductors and more could be easier to manufacture, thanks to a new approach to making chemically complex materials that researchers at U-M and Samsung’s Advanced Materials Lab have demonstrated. Their new recipes use unconventional ingredients to make battery materials with fewer impurities. This video illustrates how a robotic lab tests these new designs.

    Read more about the new battery research
  4. April 10, 2024

    Ginsberg Building progress

    Photo of two people signing a ceremonial steel beam

    Donors William and Inger Ginsberg sign a ceremonial beam April 5 for the new Edward and Rosalie Ginsberg Building being constructed on Central Campus to house the Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning. The Ginsbergs donated $10 million toward the building’s construction in honor of William Ginsberg’s parents. The beam-signing ceremony marked the near completion of the building’s steel frame, and the signed beam will become a permanent part of the building. The project is expected to be completed by spring 2025. (Photo by Marc-Gregor Campredon, Office of University Development)

    Read more about the Ginsberg Center’s new building
  5. April 9, 2024

    Look to Michigan

    With the launch of Vision 2034, U-M’s strategic vision for the future, the university seeks to sharpen its impact and determine where it will go and what it will achieve. In this video, university leaders and students discuss the components of Vision 2034 that they believe will help show the world the excellence that U-M offers.

    Read more about Vision 2034
  6. April 8, 2024

    A vision for U-M

    After a year of gathering input from the campus community, U-M has released its strategic vision for the next 10 years. In his April video message to the university, President Santa J. Ono outlines how the impact and commitment areas of Vision 2034 seek to make U-M “the defining public university, boldly exemplified by our innovation and service to the common good.”

    Read more about Vision 2034
  7. April 2, 2024

    Charging the future

    Jeff Sakamoto, adjunct professor of mechanical engineering, and Neil Dasgupta, associate professor of mechanical engineering and of materials science and engineering, are at the helm of a pioneering effort to supercharge the electric vehicle industry. This video explores how, backed by an $11 million U.S. Department of Energy grant, their team is partnering with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and others to forge new paths in advanced battery fuel cell development and manufacturing, aiming to revolutionize efficiency and spur widespread adoption of electric vehicles.

  8. April 1, 2024

    AI in the classroom

    Photo of Kas Kasravi (center), pointing at a laptop screen as two students look on

    Kas Kasravi (center), a lecturer III in industrial and manufacturing systems at UM-Dearborn, helps students in his prototype-design lab use AI to write code to create microcontrollers. Kasravi is among various U-M faculty members that are exploring how the fast-growing technology of generative artificial intelligence can aid how they teach, and how students learn. (Photo by Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography)

    Read more about GenAI in the classroom
  9. March 28, 2024

    UMCI taking shape

    Three photos of the UMCI exterior, atrium and aerial view

    These artist’s renderings show various aspects of the U-M Center for Innovation in Detroit, for which the Board of Regents has approved a schematic design and authorized construction to proceed. Clockwise from top: an exterior view of the six-story building; an aerial view of the UMCI (in foreground) in downtown Detroit; and the interior atrium. (Drawings courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox)

    Read more about the UMCI project
  10. March 27, 2024

    How do we measure poverty?

    A new data map showcasing diverse indicators of poverty and well-being throughout Michigan highlights the key challenges confronting residents in different parts of the state and suggests interventions for the state’s most critical needs. In this video, Amanda Nothaft, Poverty Solutions director of data and evaluation, speaks about measures of poverty and how researchers use this data in their work.

    Read more about the Poverty Solutions data map