Going Blue on Top of The World!
LSA senior Ermelinda Ndoka’s photo of her sitting on an old stone wall at the site of her grandparents’ house in Albania is the winner of the International Institute’s most recent annual photo contest. Said Ndoka: “I showed my Michigan pride while appreciating my family's sacrifices! At that moment, I was most thankful for where I am from, and where I currently a-M!” View category winners and other submissions.
Autism and gaming
ToMs Theory of Mind Gaming Program at Michigan Medicine is a speech language therapy available for teenagers with autism spectrum disorder. Using board games, teens in this group enhance conversation, narrative ability and problem solving. In this video, Phil Menard, director of the program, explains what theory of mind is, how it impacts the kids within the program, and expected outcomes from this therapy.
New dance building
The Board of Regents on Thursday approved the schematic design for a new 24,000-square-foot dance building within the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. The top drawing shows the planned facility on North Campus in a view looking southeast, while the bottom image shows its location south of the Moore Music Building and Brehm Pavilion. (Images courtesy of Architecture, Engineering and Construction)
Methane makes up about 50 percent of the gases produced by landfills. In this video, Dimitrios Zekkos, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and his team show how they use drones to autonomously detect rising methane levels in a Midland, Michigan, landfill. With this new approach to existing technology, Zekkos hopes to turn U.S. waste dumps into untapped energy production plants.
Staff Impact Awards
President Mark Schlissel presented the Project Healthy Schools Team with the group President’s Staff Award of Distinction at Monday’s Staff Impact Awards ceremony. From left are Nathan Saulter, Jean DuRussel-Weston, Ben Ransier, Jana Stewart, Schlissel, Miriam Dineen, Jacob Robidou, Jennifer Alexander, Brad Newman and Julie Nelson. Eleven individuals and three teams were presented with Staff Impact Awards, including James Zajkowski of Information Technology Services, who also received the individual President’s Staff Award of Distinction. (Photo by Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography)