1. Gaming the classroom

    February 4, 2014

    Writing a blog comparing Socrates to Steve Jobs. Designing a board game incorporating political theory concepts. Creating a comic strip featuring a little kid on a playground facing choices every day. These are just a few examples of the assignments not just completed by students in Mika LaVaque-Manty’s Introduction to Political Theory class but created Read more

  2. Smartphone as Mentor

    December 29, 2013

    Funneling a steady stream of diversions straight to your pocket, smartphones are often cast as the ultimate distractions. But a University of Michigan engineering professor sees potential for them to be something quite the opposite. What if they could act as mentors in mindfulness, helping users stay attentive in order to achieve particular goals? That’s Read more

  3. The science of autophagy

    November 6, 2013

    Click. Click. Click. Click. Red spike heels punctuate the floor in unison as four “harpies” in vibrant shades of pink, yellow, blue and orange encircle the intended victim, the alien invader. Their sharp steps keep pace with driving music that sets a tone for the devouring that is about to begin. A kaleidoscope of colors, Read more

  4. New online course examines U.S. health care reform

    October 2, 2013

    Answering questions raised by the latest reform to the U.S. health care system—the Affordable Care Act—is the goal of a new University of Michigan free online course. Dr. Matthew Davis, professor of medicine and public policy, with backing from the U-M Medical School, launches the course titled “Understanding and Improving the U.S. Healthcare System” on Read more

  5. Bollywood, Hollywood and Law

    August 29, 2013

    The savory smell of samosas mingled with the Hindi spoken by the actors on the big screen and laughter of the audience. If you closed your eyes, you could easily imagine yourself at a movie theater in Mumbai. But this cinematic experience was far from India. It was at the Law School at University of Read more

  6. Course Inspires Creativity

    June 5, 2013

    So there goes Beethoven. He’s walking in the woods. Suddenly, like a bolt of lightning – BAM! He gets the idea for his Sixth Symphony. “Because he’s cool and he’s Beethoven.” Well, not exactly, Stephen Rush explains. “It took a lot of iterations. It took failure, it took risk over the course of time to Read more

  7. Brain Power

    March 13, 2013

    Talk about brain power. At one point during class, students watched a video showing a live, human brain react to a gentle probe during an operation. It was hard not to wince as the brain matter squiggled at each probe. It also was hard during the same video not to tear up when a young Read more

  8. Michigan’s World Class

    March 13, 2013

    Students earning credit for creating cell phone learning apps for Singapore 3rd graders. A course in which students visit habitats, collect samples and observe interactions in nature, in order to understand environmental challenges. Faculty who take students to Detroit to figure out a watering system for a community garden, engage children in the arts and Read more

  9. Just For Sophomores

    March 13, 2013

    It’s a story that plays out in many families. Emily Hill’s parents were getting concerned about the dollars they were investing in her education while she struggled to figure out what major she wanted to pursue, as the student from Bloomfield Hills, Mich. took a range of courses hoping to find inspiration. “During my freshman Read more