October 28, 2013
Purifying water with plasma
John Foster, associate professor of nuclear engineering and radiological sciences, is working on a method to purify water with the fourth state of matter — plasma. In this video, Foster describes how his new technology, which produces reactive radicals that can attack organic contaminants such as pesticides and pharmaceuticals, could help solve a problem not currently being addressed in conventional treatment methods that rely on filtration and chlorine.
October 24, 2013
James T. Neubacher Award
Regent Julia Darlow presents the annual James T. Neubacher Award to Dr. John F. Greden, founding executive director of the U-M Comprehensive Depression Center and Rachel Upjohn Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. The founding chair of the National Network of Depression Centers, Greden is recognized as a giant in the field of depression research, treatment and education. The Council for Disability Concerns established the award in memory of alumnus Neubacher, a Detroit Free Press columnist and advocate for equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. Photo by Scott Soderberg, Michigan Photography.
October 23, 2013
Matthew Richmond, founder of The Paper Dolls, shows off some of the creations he constructed from recycled materials during TEDxUMDearborn, an inaugural event in which speakers ranging from entrepreneurs and CEOs to artists and writers shared their stories in an effort to encourage change. Photo courtesy of @tedxumdearborn.
October 22, 2013
Celebrating inventionsRead More
John Springmann, right, a graduate student in aerospace engineering, explains the Radio Aurora Explorer — or RAX — satellite to Hafiz Malik, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at UM-Dearborn, during Wednesday’s Celebrate Invention event. The annual reception at the Michigan League recognizes the accomplishments of faculty and researchers engaged in the technology transfer process. Photo by Daryl Marshke, Michigan Photography.
October 22, 2013
ID Day at the museumRead More
ID Day, sponsored by the Ruthven Museums, always brings out the science sleuths. More than 650 visitors, many of them parents with young children, attended the event recently, bringing a variety of offerings for identification by resident experts. Jen-Pan Huang, a doctoral student in ecology and evolutionary biology, and Mark O’Brien, collections manager for the Museum of Zoology’s Insect Division, entertain and inform at the insect station, where the Hercules Beetles were a big hit. Photo by Diarmaid Ó Foighil, Museum of Zoology.
October 21, 2013
Law School Olympics
Fricket players tests their Frisbee-tossing skills in the game, also known as sticks-’n’-cups, during the first Law School Olympics, which took place recently in the Law Quad. No athletic skills were required, just a desire for fun and camaraderie. Watch a slideshow of images from the festivities. Photo by Isabel Gao.
October 20, 2013
Unmanned ground vehicles
Driving unmanned ground robots with a joystick can be hard and even dangerous in some cases, such as when using the vehicles for remote exploration inside a nuclear reactor. But a new high-tech control method using augmented reality makes driving simpler and safe. In this video, Steve Vozar, a graduate student research assistant in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, explains how the process works.
October 17, 2013
Sibande on campusRead More
Sophie, a character created by South African artist Mary Sibande, is featured in various art forms across campus. The black maid, dressed in elaborate costumes, is designed to ignite thought-provoking discussion about gender, class and race in post-colonial South Africa. View a slideshow of Sophie sculptures. (Photo courtesy of Gallery MOMO)
October 16, 2013
Photos at #umflint24
This collage is a sampling of images from UM-Flint’s 24-hour photo project Wednesday in which members of the campus community captured moments from around campus, Flint and the world, and shared them using the hashtag #umflint24 on social media. View the day in pictures. (Photo courtesy of UM-Flint)
October 15, 2013
Internet hardware in the loop
The College of Engineering is pioneering an Internet system that enables researchers to interconnect and test physical and virtual prototypes, in real time. Tulga Ersal, an assistant research scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, explains how the system could make it possible for researchers to test an entire multi-component system — such as a car — no matter where in the world those components might be.