Multimedia Features

  1. May 26, 2014

    Peony season

    The Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden, shown here during the 2013 season, is just beginning to bloom. The garden, which features more than 270 historic cultivated varieties from the 19th and early 20th centuries, is expected to be at 10 percent bloom by the end of this week, with full bloom occurring from early to mid-June. (Photo courtesy of Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum)

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  2. May 22, 2014

    Internet of things

    A gym shirt that tells an app your body temp and heart rate. Plant fertilizer that reminds your cell phone when it was time to water. The Internet of things will soon make items like these a reality. But how to power those trillions of devices, and what to do with the hundreds of millions of batteries that will disposed of each day as a result? In this video, David Wentzloff, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, explains how ultra low-power wireless integrated circuits and systems can save energy in processing power.

  3. May 21, 2014

    North Campus artwork

    This colorful steel sculpture, titled “BEGOB,” was created by Alexander Liberman and can be found on the east side of the Lurie Engineering Center on North Campus. The Record periodically highlights pieces of public art at U-M. Learn more about this piece, or browse an online collection of public artworks.

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  4. May 20, 2014

    Childhood obesity

    Parents — especially those of overweight children — give schools a failing grade for efforts to encourage healthy habits that combat childhood obesity, according to a new U-M poll. In this video, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, discusses the poll’s findings.

  5. May 19, 2014

    Performance art and research

    Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, associate professor and director of Latino/a studies, talks about his new book “La abolición del Pato” and ways to integrate performance art into research. He has a special interest in Puerto Rican literature and gay culture, and stages his own solo performances with dolls to tell the story of slavery and homosexuality in Puerto Rico and other parts of Latin America.

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  6. May 18, 2014

    Local food

    For those who support and participate in the “local food” movement, a basic challenges lies in keeping a sense of  “smallness” as food entrepreneurs “scale up” their operations. In this video, Ethan Schoolman, a research fellow at the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise and the School of Natural Resources and Environment, discusses the impact of local food and the options for scaling it up to meet the needs of under-served populations.

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  7. May 15, 2014

    Breaking Net Neutrality

    “Net Neutrality” advocates fear recent rules by the Federal Communications Commission will allow Internet providers to divide the Web into “fast” and “slow” lanes, with customers treated differently based on their bank accounts. In this video, Z. Morley Mao, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, explains how the issue has raised many questions about ethics, fairness, and the future of Internet innovation.

  8. May 13, 2014

    Climbing to the sky

    This more-than-80-year-old American agave plant is attracting much interest at Matthaei Botanical Gardens as its flower stalk grows nearly 6 inches a day in preparation for its imminent blooming, after which it will set seed and die. (Photo courtesy of Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum)

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  9. May 13, 2014

    On the road again

    Faculty members stroll along the Detroit riverfront on Friday, the last day of the university’s annual Road Scholars Tour, which takes selected faculty members to various communities around the state. View a slideshow of images from the 2014 tour. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography)

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  10. May 12, 2014

    What’s healthy

    As scientists catalog the trillions of bacteria found in every nook and cranny of the human body, a new look by the University of Michigan shows wide variation in the types of bacteria found in healthy people. In this video, lead study author Patrick D. Schloss, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, explains latest findings in the Human Microbiome Project.

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