When the Museum of Zoology collection moved to the Research Museums Center south of campus, curators uncovered boxes filled with correspondence related to conservation efforts in the 1920s and ’30s. Clark Schmutz, who graduated in December, spent more than 100 hours reading and digitally scanning hundreds of letters to make them available online. In this video, Schmutz and Cody Thompson, the museum’s mammal collections manager, discuss the project and some of the intriguing stories that illustrate the links between museum collections and conservation.
Tour the Union
New life is coming to the Michigan Union with its new entrance area, year-round courtyard, lounges that work for today’s students and an IdeaHub where student organizations make things happen. At the same time, great care is being taken to retain the historic charm, the architectural details and warmth of the iconic campus gathering place as it undergoes major renovations. This 3-D virtual tour offers a glimpse of how the old and the new will complement and elevate one another in the Union’s second century.
This drawing by sophomore nursing student Kaylee Yang, titled “Mother,” took first place in the recent Arts at Michigan As I See It Drawing Competition. As I See It is a series of arts contests for the campus community that take place periodically throughout the year. View the other winners and finalists in the drawing contest.
Town hall on felony SPG
Deirdre Spencer, senior associate librarian in the University Library, speaks during Wednesday’s town hall at which U-M community members discussed a new university policy requiring employees to disclose felony charges or convictions. Spencer is a member of the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs, the executive arm of U-M's central faculty governance system. (Photo by Daryl Marshke, Michigan Photography)
After the Ruthven Museums Building closed its doors to the public last year, Michigan Today explored its deserted halls, cupboards and cabinets to find a trove of fascinating and forgotten artifacts, such as the mysterious liquids, oil and rubber gloves in an artichoke jar found in this cabinet. As a renovated Ruthven prepares to house classrooms, labs and offices, and its former occupants are now in the new Biological Sciences Building, view a gallery showing some of what was left behind. (Photo by Deborah Holdship, Michigan Today)