November 1, 2020
Misperceptions of plasticRead more about common misperceptions of plastic
It may seem easy to conclude the main environmental problem associated with plastic is an overabundance of single-use containers. In reality, most of the environmental impacts of many consumer products, including soft drinks, are tied to the products inside, not the packaging. In this video, Shelie Miller, associate professor of environment and sustainability, and director of the Program in the Environment, explains why consumers need to take a “life-cycle” view when it comes to the environmental impact of products in our daily lives.
October 30, 2020
The state of the economyRead a Q&A with Michael Barr
Michael S. Barr, dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, served in two presidential administrations and clerked for a Supreme Court justice. While pollsters ask voters how they see the presidential candidates in terms of handling COVID-19 or the economy separately, Barr argues the economy will not rebound “unless we wrap our arms around our public health crisis.” In this video, Barr also discusses the upcoming election, the Supreme Court tilting in a more conservative direction and other pressing matters of public policy.
October 29, 2020
Relieving clerks, informing votersRead more about the effort to aid local clerks
With this election season’s huge increase in absentee voting, many city and township clerks are spending a lot of their time answering phone calls from voters wanting to know if their ballot has been sent or received by the clerk. This video explores how graduate students in the School of Information’s Citizen Design Interaction program helped streamline a solution to that problem in four municipalities.
October 27, 2020
2020 DEI SummitRead more about the 2020 DEI Summit
U-M’s 2020 DEI Summit highlighted the intersection of art and social justice as presenters encouraged people to use their voices and talents as mechanisms for change. This video is of the full 2020 DEI Summit.
October 26, 2020
Stay safe, stay champions
Those who stay safe will be champions. That’s the message from President Mark Schlissel and other campus leaders in this video reminding the U-M community to keep masking up, staying socially distant and taking other measures to guard against the coronavirus.
October 23, 2020
Election anxietyRead a Q&A with David Dunning
The contentious political environment has created “election anxiety” among many voters nationwide, leading to broken relationships among family and friends, sniping on social media, and anger. In this video, David Dunning, professor of psychology, talks about the new stresses people face and things they can do to reduce stress and realize that, in time, things will normalize.
October 22, 2020
Burn after readingRead more about this self-erasing chip
Self-erasing chips developed at U-M could help stop counterfeit electronics or provide alerts if sensitive shipments are tampered with. They rely on a new material that temporarily stores energy, changing the color of the light it emits. It self-erases in a matter of days, or it can be erased on demand with a flash of blue light. This video explains how the technology was developed and how it can be applied.
October 20, 2020
Oct. 20 COVID-19 briefingRead more about the stay-in-place order and shift to more remote learning
U-M Chief Health Officer Preeti Malani (above), other university leaders and Washtenaw County Health Officer Jimena Loveluck addressed various aspects of a two-week stay-in-place order for undergraduate students that was announced Tuesday due to increasing COVID-19 cases. Joining Malani and Loveluck on this video briefing were President Mark Schlissel, Provost Susan M. Collins, Vice President for Student Life Martino Harmon and Robert Ernst, executive director of University Health Service and associate vice president for student life.
October 20, 2020
The show must go onRead more about the Michigan Marching Band’s season
While Michigan football returns this weekend, the Michigan Marching Band will not be on the field. Instead, its first show will be released digitally in early November, part of a virtual season that has changed nearly all aspects of the band experience, from rehearsals to how students are expected to play their instruments in a health-informed, socially distanced way. (Photos by Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography)
October 19, 2020
Shuttle donationRead more about the research project and shuttle donation
U-M has donated one of two shuttles used for its Mcity driverless shuttle research project to The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. The research project shows high levels of trust and satisfaction among both riders and nonriders of the fully automated, all-electric vehicles that can carry 11 passengers. This video offers a look at the driverless shuttle experience from the project.