U-M engineers, in collaboration with the Medical School, have developed a new, affordable tool to make performing minimally invasive surgery easier for surgeons. The tool, called FlexDex, acts as an extension of the surgeon’s arm, allowing the doctor to control it in a natural and intuitive manner. In this video, Shorya Awtar, associate professor of mechanical engineering, discusses how FlexDex works.
Parks in Focus
Flint-area middle school students train their cameras on a turtle at Seven Lakes State Park as part of the Parks in Focus program, which partnered with UM-Flint University Outreach and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Flint to give youngsters an opportunity to visit parks and develop photography skills at the same time. The students’ nature photographs are part of an exhibit that opens Friday at For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum. Photo by Lindsay Stoddard, UM-Flint University Outreach.
From left, Marie-Anne Sanon and Brandon Respress, research fellows at the School of Nursing, display fake mustaches to show their support for men’s mental health, which is the focus of Movember 2013. in the background, research fellow Kipp Pietrantonio and intern James Jobe of Counseling and Psychological Services distributed men’s health information at the Michigan Union on Monday as part of a Movember Launch Party. The monthlong campaign urges faculty, staff and students to show their support by growing a mustache or wearing a fake mustache on their clothing. Photo by Scott Soderberg, Michigan Photography.
‘Lost in Translation’
Heather Mann, a graduate student in the School of Education who earned her degree in December 2012, was among the storytellers in the inaugural “Lost in Translation” event last year. The second such storytelling event focusing on global experiences is Thursday at North Quad. Photo by Bill Nolting.
David Sherman, research professor at the Life Sciences Institute and Hans W. Vahlteich Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, explores biochemical pathways of marine microorganisms with the goal of finding new drug candidates to treat infectious diseases and cancers. This slideshow from Michigan Today displays photos from a research expedition Sherman led in May to Isla del Coco, Costa Rica. Photo by Luis Acosta.