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March 4, 2024



CAPS, UHS to merge into University Health & Counseling

U-M has merged its Counseling and Psychological Services with University Health Service as a way to streamline and ease barriers to student-centered mental health care on the Ann Arbor campus. The two services are now housed administratively under a new unit, University Health & Counseling.

United Way campaign collects $1.1M to support Washtenaw families

The U-M community raised more than $1.1 million during the 2023 U-M United Way employee giving campaign that ended Dec. 31. The campaign allows employees and retirees to come together and help Washtenaw County families meet basic needs. Although the official campaign has ended, participants can still give.

Latinx Research Week to focus on family-based themes

Latinx Research Week will feature a series of talks and poster presentations by faculty and students highlighting Latino- and Latina-led research and projects. Organized by the graduate student organization Puentes, the opening ceremony is March 11, with departmental sessions March 12-14.

Improving traffic signal timing

Screenshot of traffic waiting at a traffic light, from video about improving light timing

With GPS data from as little as 6% of vehicles on the road, U-M researchers can recalibrate traffic signals to significantly reduce congestion and delays at intersections. This video describes how a pilot study conducted in Birmingham, Michigan, used connected vehicle data insights provided by General Motors to test its system, resulting in a 20% to 30% decrease in the number of stops at signalized intersections. Read more about this project.


New U-M website documents war crimes in Ukraine

U-M’s Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia has created Ukraine Testifies, an online digital archive of testimonies from witnesses and victims of documented human rights violations, war crimes and atrocities in Ukraine since Russia’s full-scale invasion Feb. 24, 2022.


March 5

Technology Meets Creativity

Exploring the Potential of Artificial Intelligence for the Arts, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Michigan League

March 5

Implementing Successful Models for Alternative Credentials

A keynote panel with Rovy Branon, Sean Gallagher and Carissa Little, 1-2 p.m., Center for Academic Innovation

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“If there is an animal that can be eaten, it’s likely that some snake, somewhere, has evolved the ability to eat it,” said Daniel Rabosky, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and curator at the Museum of Zoology. “Snakes evolved faster and — dare we say it — better than some other groups. They are versatile and flexible and able to specialize on prey that other groups cannot use.”

Cosmos Magazine

“Pricing algorithms allow companies to change prices throughout the day or perhaps even throughout an hour. During the busy times, they can obviously increase profits,” said Zach Brown, assistant professor of economics, on Wendy’s announcement that it will launch new menu prices that will fluctuate depending on the time of day.

Good Morning America

Zach Brown

“The simplest way to put it is, eventually, we would have winter in July. Basically, after 700 years, if we didn’t have Leap Day, it would be adrift so that the summer and winter would be opposite, and twice that, it would come back again,” said Steven Cundiff, professor of physics, and of electrical engineering and computer science.

WWJ Radio

Steven Cundiff



A photo of a man and woman on a bridge

Legacy in land

To protect rare animals and plants, a couple turned to Legacy Land Conservancy to permanently protect 89 acres of their eastern Jackson County farm that includes a fen through a conservation easement.


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