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  1. September 9, 2021

    The semester begins

    Students have moved in and classes are underway after the first week of the fall return to an in-person campus experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this video, U-M leaders offer their wisdom and welcome both incoming and returning students during the 2021 Fall Convocation ceremony amid scenes from the fall semester’s first week.

  2. September 8, 2021

    Tooth Fairy finds new home

    Sculptor Bill Barrett’s 14-foot-tall Tooth Fairy sculpture that he created in 1969 and was installed at the School of Dentistry in 1971 has a new home. It was removed from its location in July 2019 for the school’s renovations. With work on the new courtyard complete, Tooth Fairy was returned to the school in June and now greets visitors to the West Courtyard, which is open to the public. This video shows the construction of the courtyard and the installation of Tooth Fairy.

  3. September 7, 2021

    Robots in construction

    Photo of A U-M graduate student operating a KUKA robot

    A U-M graduate student operates a KUKA robot similar to the ones used in the robot apprentice research of Carol Menassa, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering. Menassa is lead principal investigator of a research team working on a $2 million National Science Foundation-funded project that aims to enable robots to learn from and cooperate with human construction workers. Robots are anticipated to make the global construction industry safer and more attractive to workers, easing a worker shortage in the United States. (Photo by Robert Coelius, College of Engineering)

    Read more about robots and the construction industry
  4. September 3, 2021

    Festifall 2021

    Photo of Candace Dorsey and Justin Berent at Festifall.

    Candace Dorsey (left), Empowerment Self Defense Program coordinator, and Police Officer Justin Berent offer information about U-M’s public safety programs during Festifall 2021 on Sept. 2. Students and other members of the campus community filled the Diag and Ingalls Mall on Sept. 1 and 2 for the university’s annual back-to-school celebration and organization fair. (Photo by Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography)

  5. September 2, 2021

    Farm field archaeology

    Independent researcher Thomas Talbot along with U-M researchers have identified a 13,000-year-old Clovis camp site, now thought to be the earliest archaeological site in Michigan. It predates previously identified human settlements in the Michigan basin and potentially rewrites the history of the settling of the region. In this video, Talbot and U-M archaeologists Brendan Nash and Henry Wright discuss what has been found at the  southwest Michigan site and its significance to the region’s archaeological history.

    Read more about the discoveries at the Belson Site
  6. September 1, 2021

    Wildfires, communities and climate change

    Forests and communities in the western United States face an existential crisis. Each year, as forests become drier and thicker with vegetation and development encroaches further into forested areas, wildfires grow larger, more frequent, and more damaging. In this video, faculty members from the School of Environment and Sustainability discuss the impact of wildfires on communities and whether climate change can be slowed under current conditions.

    Read more about wildfires, communities and climate change
  7. August 30, 2021

    Second Year Celebration

    Photo of woman handing a sophomore student a T-shirt.

    Carrie Henderson, a records and enrollment specialist in the Registrar’s office, hands a sophomore student a T-shirt during the Second Year Celebration on Aug. 28. Traditional welcome-to-campus activities for the Class of 2024 were put on hold last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with including those students, now sophomores, in the events for incoming freshmen this year, the university also threw a special celebration for second-year students on Ingalls Mall. (Photo by Austin Thomason)

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  8. August 30, 2021

    Coming back together again

    As a new school year begins, the U-M community celebrates students, faculty and staff returning to campus for the 2021 fall semester. This video captures the campus community’s spirit of renewed hope and determination to stay safe and stay well.

  9. August 25, 2021

    Preparing for a safe semester

    As students return to campus and the countdown continues to the start of the fall semester Aug. 30, Chief Health Officer Preeti Malani offers advice and reminders about what to expect and what to do to stay safe on campus this fall. In this video, she talks about COVID-19 vaccines, variants, face coverings and how to get the latest information.

    Keep up with the latest campus information about COVID-19
  10. August 18, 2021

    Sinkhole surprise

    The rise of oxygen levels early in Earth’s history paved the way for the spectacular diversity of animal life. But for decades, scientists have struggled to explain the factors that controlled this process, which unfolded over nearly 2 billion years. This video shows how an international research team, including researchers from U-M, studied present-day microbial communities growing under extreme conditions at the bottom of a submerged Lake Huron sinkhole in their search for answers.

    Read more about the oxygenation research