December 5, 2019
2019 DDLA recipientsRead more about the 2019 DDLA presentation
Recipients of the 11th annual Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award for U-M staff were celebrated Wednesday at a morning ceremony at the Michigan League. The 10 individual winners, who received $1,000 each, are shown above. Five teams were also honored and received $2,500 each. View photos of the winning teams. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography)
December 4, 2019
North Star ReachRead more about North Star Reach
North Star Reach is located on picturesque property in Pinckney owned by U-M and founded by a Michigan Medicine transplant nurse in 2016. In many ways, it is no different than other traditional summer camps with lake access, swimming pools, campfires, cabins and activities that teach and bond. What is different about the camp is the medical support provided to the campers, all of whom have chronic or life-threatening health challenges. As this video explains, U-M provides the land, dedicated medical volunteers and supplies to help children with serious medical conditions to safely experience the joys of summer camp in a beautiful setting while making new friends and learning new things.
November 27, 2019
Giving Blueday 2019Read more about participating in Giving Blueday 2019
Each year, U-M designates the Tuesday after Thanksgiving as Giving Blueday — a 24-hour fundraising campaign for hundreds of university programs and causes. During its sixth annual Giving Blueday on Dec. 3, the university hopes to increase both participation and the number of gifts in support of U-M. This video offers a look at some of the more than 160 student organizations that will be raising funds.
November 26, 2019
Nacre knowledgeRead more about the nacre research
Nacre, the rainbow-sheened material that lines the insides of mussel and other mollusk shells, is known as the toughest material on Earth. More commonly known as mother-of-pearl, nacre’s combination of hardness and resilience has mystified scientists for more than 80 years. Now, a team of researchers led by U-M has revealed precisely how it works, in real time. In this video, researchers share their findings, which could lead to a new generation of ultra-strong synthetic materials.
November 25, 2019
Employee artworksView a list of winners and a photo gallery of entries
“Great Power, Great Responsibility,” by Shannon Vandervennet, a senior administrative assistant in pediatrics administration at Michigan Medicine, took Best in Show honors recently in the 32nd annual Gifts of Art Employee Art Exhibition. The exhibition, which runs through Dec. 6 at the Taubman Center, features 84 pieces of art created by 57 faculty, staff, students, volunteers and family members. View a list of winners and a photo gallery of some of the entries.
November 22, 2019
Unlocking big data
Data science is an important tool that can help researchers tackle challenges ranging from mobility and health to public safety and education. But having access to information comes with great responsibility. In this video, researchers at U-M share how they are working to ensure data science is not misused to disproportionately harm underrepresented groups.
November 20, 2019
Wallenberg medalistRead more about the 2019 Wallenberg Medal recipient
President Mark Schlissel presents the 2019 Wallenberg Medal to journalist and filmmaker Safa Al Ahmad. The university awards the medal annually to a person or group who demonstrate the capacity of the human spirit to stand up for the helpless. It honors the legacy of Raoul Wallenberg, a U-M graduate credited with saving the lives of tens of thousands of Jews during World War II. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography)
November 20, 2019
To monitor and stop the spread of wildfires, College of Engineering graduate students helped develop unmanned aerial vehicles that could find, map and report fires. One day UAVs could work with disaster response units, firefighters and other emergency teams to provide real-time accurate information to reduce damage and save lives. The graduate students won first place at a competition for using a swarm of UAVs to successfully map and report simulated wildfires. In this video, the graduate students talk about their work and its application in real-world scenarios.
November 19, 2019
Retool, reviveRead more about how EGI is helping defense manufacturing businesses
When Cobra Aero, a manufacturer of motorcycles in Hillsdale, Michigan, experienced a dramatic downturn in the market for off-road bikes, U-M’s Economic Growth Institute connected them with funding and expertise that helped them expand their capabilities and keep all of their employees. EGI is part of the Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program, which works directly with defense companies, especially those affected by recent federal budget cuts, to identify ways to strengthen and diversify their business to ensure the long-term vitality of the defense supply chain.
November 18, 2019
Saving rare musicLearn more about saving the “Music Time in Africa” archive
When U-M professors Paul Conway and Kelly Askew learned that archived tapes of the Voice of America’s long-running “Music Time in Africa” were headed for remote government storage, they launched an effort that would result in the archive’s transfer to the U-M Library’s Special Collections Research Center, where it has been digitized and made available online. In this video, Conway and Askew tell the story of the show’s founder, Leo Sarkisian, and how they went about saving his work.