1. 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

  2. Students engage with the American South as they live the blues

    October 22, 2015

    Student Adrian Koch shows off a souvenir from the South: one of those metal bottle openers, the kind that with one upward motion would snap a crimped metal cap off the top of a bottle of pop or, rather, coke, as soft drinks are called in that part of the country. Not only is the Read more

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Students imagine the campus of the future

    May 22, 2015

    If you want to transform the campus learning experience to suit the needs of today’s students who better to ask what that should look like than the people who will benefit from the changes? This is the premise behind a course called Campus of the Future, co-taught by Joanna Mirecki Millunchick, professor of materials science Read more

  6. School of Information course creates Michigan Makers

    January 23, 2015

    A list on a white board tells the children what they can do this day. Among the options: LEGOs, K’Nex, LittleBits, stencils on clothing, poster or card creation, stop-motion animation and Snap Circuits. The message to students at Mitchell Elementary in Ann Arbor also includes a challenge: “You can make LEGOs into pianos or LEGOs Read more

  7. First residential MOOC at U-M focus on health care system complexity

    January 22, 2015

    The university’s first U-M-only massive open online course (MOOC) had about 400 enrollees just prior to kickoff Jan. 12. By the end of the first day the number had nearly doubled, and as of mid-week had grown to more than 800 undergraduate, graduate and professional students from health related schools across the Ann Arbor, Flint Read more

  8. Doing away with lectures, exams, graded homework

    December 10, 2014

    The students sit at small tables of four to five, separated by white boards. They wait for questions to come up on their electronic devices, which are tapped into a program that knows which student is sitting in what seat. The graduate student instructor (GSI) decides to wait another minute for stragglers to the class Read more

  9. Students get up-close, hands-on look at history

    September 26, 2014

    The students were like detectives, lining both sides of a narrow room in the basement of the Kelsey Museum, gloves on, gingerly examining ancient objects. They created sketches and drew upon what they learned in lecture and from readings to answer a series of questions, on the way to figuring out what purpose these treasures Read more

  10. We Make Health Fest to Encourage Innovative Thinking

    July 29, 2014

    His name is Insaman. This virtual superhero’s mission is to help diabetic children manage their blood glucose levels. The masked crusader began as crude drawings on paper. Once a U-M Art & Design student and someone experienced in app building finishes with him he’ll be the star of a program to help children understand how Read more