1. “Me-search”: U-M undergrads analyze their own biological samples to study how microbes affect human health

    March 7, 2016

    A “me-search” lab for University of Michigan biology undergraduates gives students a close look at what might be the most compelling study subject of all: themselves. The lab focuses on the human gut microbiome—bacteria and other tiny organisms that live inside the human digestive system. Naturally, the course syllabus includes stool samples. By dry weight, Read more

  2. Students to pitch innovative health & education solutions in third year of challenge

    March 3, 2016

    A curriculum that helps link high school students to the professional world. A web platform for people with the same illness to connect for support and information sharing. A redesigned food supply chain that seeks to minimize waste. These are among the challenges student teams are tackling in the third year of the Innovation in Read more

  3. Better gender balance at latest MHacks hackathon

    March 1, 2016

    Wearing a Google Glass, Keeley Erhardt sits with her teammates in front of a window on which they’ve scrawled ideas in red dry-erase marker. All around her in the atrium of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science building, laptops abound. Some students focus on their screens. Others doze in beanbag chairs. A pair is playing Read more

  4. Course challenges students to learn about Native American culture through immersion

    December 9, 2015

    What is an Indian? Students in the course Archives and Oral Histories thought this must be a loaded question when they were asked to write an essay on it the first time. Surely Indian isn’t the right word, several wrote, as they had been taught growing up that the politically correct term is Native American. Read more

  5. Live coverage of U-M in solar car race begins soon

    October 17, 2015

    The nation’s top solar car racing team from the University of Michigan will soon hit the starting line of the World Solar Challenge—an 1,800-mile journey through the Australian Outback. They’ll be driving a sleek one-seater they designed and built themselves. “Aurum,” the Latin word for gold, is fast, aerodynamic and carries six square meters of Read more

  6. A campus tour leads to a partnership in Africa

    August 11, 2015

    Janis Miller was in the middle of a busy fall semester when a colleague knocked on her office door and asked if she could escort a visiting physician from Africa around the campus. The doctor’s name was Denis Mukwege. “The first thing I said was, ‘How do I pronounce that?”‘ said Miller, an associate professor Read more

  7. Getting to know you: unique scientific illustration class explores zoology museum collections

    June 3, 2015

    How would you like to spend 16 weeks getting intimately acquainted with a dung beetle? The undergraduate students of the Stamps School of Art and Design class, Making Science Visible, began the winter semester at the University of Michigan’s Museum of Zoology. For many, this is an introduction to scientific illustration. The students received personal Read more

  8. U-M students uncover story behind 19th-century African-American ‘selfies’

    June 1, 2015

    Just over a year ago, Clayton Lewis, curator at the University of Michigan’s William L. Clements Library, revealed a pair of unique photo albums from within their collection to U-M professor Martha Jones. “The two albums were from the same African-American family,” Lewis said. “Single photographs of African-Americans at the turn of the 19th century Read more

  9. Rebooting historical archives, expanding citizen engagement: a closer look at two TLTC projects

    May 15, 2015

    Those who have been around campus for some time may be familiar with names like Alice Crocker Lloyd, Robert P. Briggs and Margaret Bell, but until recently none of these important figures in University of Michigan history had biographies on the most popular contemporary list of who’s who in the world: Wikipedia. Those omissions now Read more

  10. What happens after pro football?

    May 14, 2015

    Six MBA students from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business came up with a playbook for the Miami Dolphins—a program to help players with their post-career game plans. The comprehensive program for the team also includes professional development for staff, including ticket agents, accountants and community relations specialists. Sent from Ann Arbor as Read more