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. Desilting ponds in India benefit farmers, environment

    February 12, 2016

    Students from the University of Michigan are developing a low-cost way to increase crop yield and reduce the use of fertilizers for Indian farmers. In a year-long study in India’s southeastern state of Telangana, the students are using silt dug up from ponds during the dry season as fertilizer for farm fields. The results are Read more

  4. 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

  5. Deadline for TLTC grants, final call for one

    May 5, 2015

    Faculty and staff have one last opportunity to apply for Quick Wins/Discovery grants of up to $50,000 under the Transforming Learning for a Third Century (TLTC) program, part of the Third Century Initiative. The first of two deadlines also is approaching for a third round of the much larger Transformation grants, ranging from $100,000 to Read more

  6. Provost’s teaching innovation prize

    April 27, 2015

    Five University of Michigan faculty projects that demonstrate fresh approaches to advancing student learning will be recognized May 4 as winners of the seventh annual Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize. The U-M community is invited to meet the innovators at a 9-10 a.m. poster fair and breakfast buffet in the Davidson Winter Garden at the Stephen Read more

  7. STEM education: U-M to help lead $5M ‘VIP’ program

    March 20, 2015

    In an effort to drive systemic reform of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, education, Michigan Engineering is co-leading a national program that will give more undergraduates and master’s students deep experience in faculty research. A $5 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has established the Vertically Integrated Read more

  8. 4 Top Universities Launch National Clinician Scholars Program

    March 20, 2015

    The University of Michigan, University of California Los Angeles, University of Pennsylvania and Yale University have teamed up to launch a new initiative  to educate nurses and physicians together to serve as leaders, researchers, and change agents in health care, community health and public policy. Called the National Clinician Scholars Program, it will train scholars Read more

  9. Growing seafood in Detroit

    March 20, 2015

    There is something fishy going on in a vacant house in Detroit’s North End, and University of Michigan graduate student Elizabeth “Lizzie” Grobbel takes full responsibility. That’s because Grobbel, an environmental engineering master’s student and a Dow Sustainability Fellow at U-M, is pursuing a pilot project called “Urban revitalization through sustainable small-scale aquaculture.” With seed Read more

  10. Course encourages students to impact campus sustainability

    February 19, 2015

    When Michaela Zint revamped the course Environ 211: Social Sciences and Environmental Problems a few years back, she decided the way to motivate students was to appeal to their desire to make a difference. “When I began to teach the course, I felt I was lacking engaged students. I wondered what I could do to Read more