November 8, 2023
Geo-exchange projectsRead more about U-M’s geo-exchange projects
U-M community members view geo-exchange drilling efforts on Nov. 3 at the future site of the Central Campus residential complex. The housing and dining complex is one of three sites on campus where geo-exchange systems are being installed. The sustainable heating and cooling systems, which use the ground to extract and return heat in a renewable cycle, advance U-M’s efforts toward carbon neutrality.
(Photo by Joe Borek, UMSocial)
November 6, 2023
Concussion careRead more about the high school concussion protection
The U-M Concussion Center has partnered with the Michigan High School Athletic Association to ensure that every coach, parent and athlete knows how to properly prevent and treat concussions. This video explores that effort, which currently reaches more than 750 high schools across the state of Michigan.
November 3, 2023
Elephant evolutionRead more about Sanders’ work and the history of elephants
U-M paleontologist Bill Sanders poses with a newly discovered skull and skeleton of a palaeoloxodont elephant, which is about 1.2 million years old. Sanders has devoted his 40-year research career to tracking 60 million years of Afro-Arabian proboscidean — elephants and their ordinal relatives — evolution. In a recent project, he has traced the earliest signs of proboscideans in the fossil record, up until our modern elephants. Over the eight-year course of his project, Sanders watched elephants’ numbers slip to precarious lows, the demise of elephants underscoring a new urgency. (Photo courtesy of Bill Sanders)
November 2, 2023
Neubacher Award presentationRead more about Neubacher Award winner Pam McGuinty
The James T. Neubacher Award ceremony took place Nov. 1. Pam McGuinty (second from right), a senior budget analyst in the College of Engineering and co-chair of the Council for Disability Concerns, was presented with this year’s award by Rich Holcomb (right), associate vice president for human resources. Also pictured, from left, are three of this year’s eight honorable mention awardees: Melissa Sreckovic, associate professor of education at UM-Flint; Don Wirkner, instructional lab services manager in the Department of Mechanical Engineering; and Feranmi Okanlami, director of student accessibility and accommodation services. View the full list of honorable mention recipients. The Neubacher Award is given to U-M faculty, staff, students or alumni who have exhibited leadership and service in support of the disability community. (Photo by Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography)
November 1, 2023
LSA celebrated the naming of the Biological Sciences Building’s new Kraus Auditorium on Oct. 27. The auditorium is named for former LSA dean Edward Kraus. Besides a formal naming ceremony, visitors had the opportunity to tour the new facility. In this photo, Mika LaVaque-Manty (left), director of the LSA Honors Program, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and associate professor of political science, of philosophy and in the Honors Program, speaks to attendees about the room’s features. (Photo by Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography)
October 31, 2023
Winter Commencement honoreesRead more about the honorary degree recipients
From left, journalist David Brooks, poet Robert Hass and astrophysicist Thomas Zurbuchen have been recommended for honorary degrees at Winter Commencement. Brooks, a New York Times opinion columnist and contributor to numerous other media outlets, will deliver the main commencement address at the Dec. 17 ceremony at Crisler Center.
October 30, 2023
Parenting parentsRead more about caring for elderly parents
Mary Schlitt, associate director of the LSA Barger Leadership Institute, is a caregiver for her elderly mother, Mary Sergent, with whom she’s shown here working on a jigsaw puzzle. Schlitt is among numerous U-M faculty and staff members who share that role with millions of other Americans. There are a variety of university-based resources to help and support them. (Photo by Andrew Potter, Michigan Photography)
October 26, 2023
Smashing pumpkins, smashing stressView more smashing photos
A UM-Flint student takes a whack at a stress-relief pumpkin Oct. 25 as part of an event hosted by Counseling and Psychology Services to help students blow off steam during mid-term season. Students were invited to write their stressors on a pumpkin and then take a baseball bat to them. Outside of the splash zone, CAPS shared additional resources regarding stress awareness and healthy stress relief strategies.
October 24, 2023
Medal of Science recipientRead more about U-M’s latest Medal of Science recipient
President Joe Biden leads the applause for U-M neuroscientist Huda Akil at an Oct. 24 White House ceremony announcing her as a recipient of the National Medal of Science. The medal is the nation’s highest scientific honor. Akil, the Gardner C. Quarton Distinguished University Professor of Neurosciences, was recognized for her contributions to the understanding of depression, anxiety, addiction and more. (Photo by Ryan K. Morris and the National Science and Technology Medals Foundation)
October 23, 2023
Introducing ZEUSRead more about ZEUS’ opening
What will be the most powerful laser system in the United States, built and run by the University of Michigan, is about to begin hosting research teams from around the world. The findings could advance health care and microelectronics, provide insights into extreme astrophysics, and more. The zettawatt-equivalent ultrashort pulse laser system — or ZEUS — was recently opened. This video offers a look at the new system and its potential.