School of Public Health students Mark Huizenga, Tiffany Huang and Stephanie Nguyen help Chief Health Officer Dr. Robert Winfield affix new decals to trash cans across campus to reinforce the message that U-M is smoke free. The no-smoking rule took effect July 1, 2011, and most faculty, staff, students and visitors have honored the ban, but Winfield says these additional reminders will help people who are confused about boundaries or may be unaware of the policy. The SPH students were enrolled in a fall tobacco policy course. (Photo by Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography)
U-M astronomers could be the first to witness a rare collision expected to happen at the center of the galaxy by spring. With NASA’s orbiting Swift telescope, the U-M team is taking daily images of a mysterious gas cloud about three times the mass of Earth that is spiraling toward the supermassive black hole at the Milky Way’s core. This image is a montage of all data obtained in the monitoring program from 2006-13. (Image by Nathalie Degenaar)
Predicting space weather
A U-M space weather model will be part of the national Space Weather Prediction Center's forecasting toolbox. In this video, Gábor Tóth, a research scientist in atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences, explains the importance of space weather predictions, which can help prevent damage to communications satellites, and in extreme cases, prevent transformers from burning out and causing widespread, long-term power outages.
Native American repatriation
Elizabeth Ballew and Tony Perry, representatives of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, present Stephen Forrest, former vice president for research, with a "Spirit of Sovereignty" blanket to honor his leadership in committing the university to the repatriation of human remains and cultural objects from burial sites to tribes with legal claims to them. The presentation took place at a feast in late December marking progress in the transfer process. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography)
As the weekend's heavy snow let up Monday morning, U-M workers went about their jobs of digging out the campus and clearing sidewalks, parking lots and other areas in time for the start of Winter Semester classes Wednesday. This staff member was blowing snow from the sidewalk along South State Street in front of the LSA building. View more photos from the snow-covered campus. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, Michigan Photography)