February 10, 2023
‘Peep’Read more and view other contest entries
This photo of a prothonotary warbler, titled “Peep,” took first place in this year’s Photographer-at-Large contest hosted by LSA’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Photographed by Ph.D. student Teresa Pegan, this brightly colored bird was spotted in Magee Marsh in northwestern Ohio. “When I took the picture, this warbler was looking for food in a dead tree right in front of me,” she said.
February 9, 2023
Tigers and trafficRead more about this research on Nepalese tigers
A GPS-collared male tiger in Nepal’s Parsa National Park is shown in 2021. A study led by Neil Carter, a conservation ecologist at the School for Environment and Sustainability, showed that during a nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, this male tiger more than tripled the size of its home range and crossed the nearby East-West Highway more frequently than in the pre-lockdown period. Researchers hope officials take into consideration the impacts of a widening project of the highway on Nepal’s roughly 250 tigers. (Photo by Neil Carter, School for Environment and Sustainability)
February 7, 2023
Academic freedom lectureRead more about Jamelle Bouie’s lecture
New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie (left) shakes hands with Provost Laurie K. McCauley prior to delivering the 32nd annual Davis, Markert, and Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom, as Faculty Senate Chair Allen Liu looks on. Bouie’s Feb. 6 talk, titled “Revisiting Du Bois and ‘The Propaganda of History,’” reflected on how the African American intellectual W.E.B Du Bois’ writings from the early 20th century resonate today. (Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography)
February 7, 2023
Clothing recycling ‘game changer’?Read more about this research and its potential impact
Brian Iezzi, a postdoctoral researcher, scans and measures the photonic fibers in the fabric he developed at the North Campus Research Center. Iezzi and Max Shtein, professor of materials science and engineering in the College of Engineering, are helping develop woven-in labels made with inexpensive photonic fibers. The fibers would serve as a barcode for clothing and other textiles to assist in sorting them for recycling purposes. (Photo by Marcin Szczepanski, College of Engineering)
February 6, 2023
Brain health, concussions and sportsRead more about the Michigan Alumni Brain Health Study
Not enough is understood about the long-term relationship between brain health, concussion history and sports. To that end, the Michigan Alumni Brain Health Study will examine whether sport participation and concussions are associated with later-life brain health in former U-M athletes and nonathletes. In this video, Jarrett Irons, former All-Big Ten linebacker and a U-M football co-captain in the mid-1990s, discusses his and his father’s experience with football as it relates to brain health, and U-M’s research into the effects of concussion.
February 3, 2023
Fishing for knowledgeRead more about the 319 million-year-old fish
A 319 million-year-old ray-finned fish fossil at U-M provides new information about early evolutionary history. CT scanning helped create a 3D rendering of the skull, revealing the soft tissue brain and associated nerves inside, a rarity found in fossils. In this video, researchers discuss how comparing modern ray-finned fish to the fossil allows them to further study what conditions were like early in the evolutionary history of ray-finned fish.
February 2, 2023
Helping handsRead more about Augusta Simmons’ work
Some of the personalized hand splints designed by Augusta Simmons, a board-certified hand therapist who works at the Northville Health Center. Simmons has been fitting patients with splints for over 25 years. She got tired of looking at the standard white- or cream-colored splint material, so she created custom-designed splints to help boost the mood and self-esteem of her patients. (Photo courtesy of Augusta Simmons)
February 1, 2023
Cubing and fiddlingRead more about Stanley Chapel
Stanley Chapel, a violin performance major at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, is a world champion in solving a Rubik’s Cube blindfolded. With a similar confidence — and as with cubing, maintaining incredible speed — Chapel can perform the “Presto” from Bach’s “G minor Violin Sonata” from memory. In this video, Chapel discusses cubing and playing the violin.
January 30, 2023
Virtual job interviewsRead more about Smith’s work to assist incarcerated persons
Matt Smith, professor of social work and director of the Level Up: Employment Skills Simulation Lab, and his team have developed a virtual job interview tool to assist individuals returning to their communities after completing a prison sentence. This video explores how Smith’s team works with the Michigan Department of Corrections to help incarcerated persons build skills to help them re-enter society.
January 27, 2023
‘I’m supposed to be here’Read more about Jose Díaz’s journey
José Carlos Díaz was just 11 years old the first time his knack for engineering and love of science merged and made the world better for the people around him in Cuba. Today he’s a doctoral student in chemical engineering whose research aims to solve some long-standing problems in his home country — unreliable access to both electricity and fresh water. This video showcases Díaz’s journey, which took him from being a microscope prodigy in rural Cuba to an ion-diffusion researcher at U-M.