December 10, 2020
Chaplains in a pandemicRead a Q&A with Geila Rajaee
The majority of Americans say they are aware of chaplains and desire their services, yet few report previous experience with them in health care, according to a U-M study. In this video, Geila Rajaee, a Ph.D. candidate who is also a former hospital chaplain, explains how chaplains are helping families with loved ones in the hospital during the pandemic.
December 9, 2020
Dentistry during COVID-19Read more about efforts to increase dental office safety
The close proximities and confined spaces of a dental office environment in a pandemic pose a host of potential health risks, and it may be even more problematic in dental schools and other large dental offices with similar cubicle set-ups. This video explores how U-M engineers have sought to make such situations safer by analyzing the transport of aerosols within the clinics at U-M’s School of Dentistry.
December 8, 2020
The next better batteryRead more about these range-doubling lithium metal batteries
“Anode-less” lithium metal batteries may provide the next leap forward in battery technology for electric vehicles that are increasingly replacing internal combustion cars and trucks on the road. Lithium metal batteries, capable of doubling the capacity of today’s standard lithium-ion cells, can be built utilizing much of the current battery manufacturing system according to U-M researchers. This would double the range of battery electric vehicles. This video explains the process involved.
December 7, 2020
Hollywood in the houseRead more about the house and the new movie
Steven Soderbergh is directing “No Sudden Move,” a new movie set in 1950s Detroit, and went looking for locations to film. He found one in the northwest Detroit home of Dale Thomson, UM-Dearborn professor of political science, and Anne Thomson, lecturer II in education operations. The film includes a cast of A-listers such as John Hamm, Ray Liotta, Don Cheadle, Brendan Fraser and Matt Damon, and the Thomsons’ house was selected to be the one Liotta’s character in the film occupies. While the Thomsons did not get to meet any celebrities, Dale Thomson said it was a neat experience.
December 4, 2020
Native Americans and photographyRead more about the online exhibition
A new online exhibition called “‘No, not even for a picture’: Re-examining the Native Midwest and Tribes’ Relations to the History of Photography” investigates the complex balance between violation of privacy and the quest for self-identification felt by Native peoples during the early era of photography. It includes these photos of Chief David Shopp-en-a-gon from Grayling, Michigan (left), and Prairie Band Potawatomi women. The photos are from the Richard Pohrt Jr. Collection of Native American Photography at U-M’s William L. Clements Library.
December 3, 2020
Vaccine volunteersRead more about why volunteers signed up to be part of the trials
Njira Lugogo (left), associate professor of internal medicine and a principal investigator for a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial underway at Michigan Medicine, talks with Matthew Wixson, assistant professor of anesthesiology and a volunteer in the study. Michigan Medicine is hosting two phase III clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine — the final phase before a vaccine is approved and made available to the world. (Photo by Bryan McCullough and Hunter Mitchell)
December 2, 2020
Helping aging pipelinesRead more about extending the life of aging pipelines
U-M researchers are designing and deploying a long-term monitoring system to assess the strain, temperature and pressure inside a 100-year-old water pipe in Detroit. Partnering with Great Lakes Water Authority and Structural Technologies LLC, the research team will reinstall and bury the pipe with the sensors, as well as a reinforcement liner, and monitor its condition for a full year. This video explains the nuances and applications of the project.
November 24, 2020
Maize and Blue CupboardRead more about addressing food insecurity
College students are experiencing food insecurity and lack of access to adequately healthy foods at an alarming rate. U-M’s Maize and Blue Cupboard is offering students immediate and comprehensive resources to remedy this. In this video, Jessica Thompson, program manager, explains Maize and Blue Cupboard’s mission and how it works.
November 20, 2020
Virtual productionsRead more about SMTD’s digital season
The School of Music, Theatre & Dance has announced its first fully online season. Beginning Dec. 2, SMTD will release six innovative, student-driven productions over the course of three weeks. A new production will be released every Wednesday and Friday through Dec. 18. All performances will be free and available to the public for a limited time. This video shows a trailer for the fall 2020 season, which features highlights from the departments of Musical Theatre and Theatre & Drama, as well as two releases from the University Opera Theatre.
November 19, 2020
Expanding hurricane trackingRead more about CYGNSS
NASA officials are re-upping investment in the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System by extending the mission through Sept. 30, 2023, with a commitment of more than $21 million. CYGNSS is a research project led by U-M and designed to improve hurricane forecasting that is demonstrating a knack for helping solve problems on land. This video explains how the satellite system helps bolster predictions of storm severity and measures moisture content over land.