Lifelike human relative
Australopithecus sediba, an extinct relative of humans that roamed southern Africa 2 million years ago, is settling into her home at the new U-M Museum of Natural History in the new Biological Sciences Building. This video previews the life-size, hyper-realistic sculptural reconstruction of A. sediba in the museum’s “Evolution: Life Through Time” gallery. Museum visitors will get their first glimpse of the diminutive hominid when the relocated museum opens to the public April 14.
Simple, wearable sensing technology can give seniors a louder voice in identifying stressors in their physical environment and arm communities with information to help address infrastructure needs. In this video, U-M researchers and students discuss how they’re putting those sensors to work with residents of an Ypsilanti senior center to gauge the technology’s effectiveness.
Pakistan ranks among the worst in the world for infant and maternal mortality with 52 deaths per 1,000 live births. To change this, Mustafa Naseem, clinical assistant professor of information, wants to bring information about pregnancy and child care directly to fathers. In this video, he discusses his Super Abbu project, a public phone service in Pakistan that aims to improve infant and maternal health outcomes through educating fathers on pregnancy and child care.
Public engagement honorees
President Mark Schlissel presented this year’s President’s Awards for Public Engagement at an event Thursday. Joseph Ryan, professor in the School of Social Work, received the President’s Award for Public Impact. Rosina Bierbaum, professor in the School for Environment and Sustainability, received the President’s Award for National and State Leadership. The event also featured a panel discussion on how to encourage more faculty to make an impact by sharing their knowledge outside academia. (Photo by Daryl Marshke, Michigan Photography)
Milestone in movement
Across Michigan, children born with Down syndrome are walking three to six months earlier, thanks to researchers at the School of Kinesiology. This video shows how just minutes a day on a tot-sized treadmill can lead to the crucial life milestone, a development that has touched hundreds of children in and outside the state.