John Springmann, right, a graduate student in aerospace engineering, explains the Radio Aurora Explorer — or RAX — satellite to Hafiz Malik, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at UM-Dearborn, during Wednesday’s Celebrate Invention event. The annual reception at the Michigan League recognizes the accomplishments of faculty and researchers engaged in the technology transfer process. Photo by Daryl Marshke, Michigan Photography.
ID Day at the museum
ID Day, sponsored by the Ruthven Museums, always brings out the science sleuths. More than 650 visitors, many of them parents with young children, attended the event recently, bringing a variety of offerings for identification by resident experts. Jen-Pan Huang, a doctoral student in ecology and evolutionary biology, and Mark O’Brien, collections manager for the Museum of Zoology’s Insect Division, entertain and inform at the insect station, where the Hercules Beetles were a big hit. Photo by Diarmaid Ó Foighil, Museum of Zoology.
Law School Olympics
Fricket players tests their Frisbee-tossing skills in the game, also known as sticks-’n’-cups, during the first Law School Olympics, which took place recently in the Law Quad. No athletic skills were required, just a desire for fun and camaraderie. Watch a slideshow of images from the festivities. Photo by Isabel Gao.
Unmanned ground vehicles
Driving unmanned ground robots with a joystick can be hard and even dangerous in some cases, such as when using the vehicles for remote exploration inside a nuclear reactor. But a new high-tech control method using augmented reality makes driving simpler and safe. In this video, Steve Vozar, a graduate student research assistant in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, explains how the process works.
Sibande on campus
Sophie, a character created by South African artist Mary Sibande, is featured in various art forms across campus. The black maid, dressed in elaborate costumes, is designed to ignite thought-provoking discussion about gender, class and race in post-colonial South Africa. View a slideshow of Sophie sculptures. (Photo courtesy of Gallery MOMO)