What makes a word 'real'?
Who decides whether slang words like "hangry," "defriend" and "adorkable" make it into a dictionary? Anne Curzan, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and professor of English language and literature, spoke at TEDxUofM in March looking at the people behind the dictionaries and the choices they make. A video of the talk was featured this week on the TED website.
Cover the bases
A new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health shows parents value the convenience of sports physicals but also recognize the importance of more thorough doctor visits. In this video, Sarah J. Clark, associate director of the poll and associate research scientist in the Department of Pediatrics, discusses the poll's findings.
What happens when you send a rolling robot out for a mission, and it turns out to need legs instead? In this video, Shai Revzen, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, describes how his team is working to create "self-assembling" robots that can build themselves into any form required.
President Mary Sue Coleman poses with Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, and Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, after being presented with a special tribute Thursday by the state Legislature as she prepares to retire in July. The tribute reads, in part, "She led the university through the most challenging economy since the Depression, and did so with success, impact and grace." (Photo courtesy of the Michigan Senate)
Soccer or football?
As the World Cup gets underway, a question often asked is whether the game is soccer (as it's referred to in the United States) or football (as people throughout the rest of the world call it). In this video, Stefan Szymanski, the Stephen J. Galetti Collegiate Professor of Sport Management, explains why both words are correct and necessary.