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University of Michigan

Social Sciences - Business/Economics
09:02
How to succeed in business without sucking up
ANN ARBOR-Many people seem to think that landing a big-time appointment-like a spot on a company's board-is all about who you know.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
02.03.2015
Forbidden quantum leaps possible with high-res spectroscopy
Forbidden quantum leaps possible with high-res spectroscopy
ANN ARBOR-A new twist on an old tool lets scientists use light to study and control matter with 1,000 times better resolution and precision than previously possible. Physicists at the University of Michigan have demonstrated "ponderomotive spectroscopy," an advanced form of a technique that was born in the 15th century when Isaac Newton first showed that white light sent through a prism breaks into a rainbow.
Social Sciences - Business/Economics
27.02.2015
Consumers remain optimistic in February
ANN ARBOR-Consumer optimism was affected in February by lower gas prices and an unusually harsh winter.
Social Sciences - Study of Religions
27.02.2015
Gender perspectives in Puerto Rican childhood education
FACULTY Q&A For the last few weeks, Puerto Rico's streets have seen protesters for and against the incorporation of 'perspectivas de género' or gender perspectives in the public schools' curriculum.
Business/Economics
26.02.2015
New (Road) Signs of the Times?
ANN ARBOR-Traffic accidents claim lives, cause injury and cost money. Working on ways to reduce them is a constant battle. New research from University of Michigan marketing professor Aradhna Krishna and postdoctoral scholar Luca Cian shows a simple way that could drive those numbers down-make the pictures on road warning signs depict more action.
Social Sciences
25.02.2015
Opportunities--and some challenges--face more racially diverse United States
ANN ARBOR-The United States is becoming racially diverse more quickly than at any time in its history, and current projections show that by 2050 nonwhites will outnumber whites in this country for the first time, according to a University of Michigan demographer.
Environmental Sciences - Life Sciences
24.02.2015
Fighting invasive species in Michigan’s lakes
Everyone knows that clean water is important. But for the state of Michigan, surrounded on three sides by the Great Lakes, it is absolutely essential-to the economy and the environment.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
23.02.2015
U-M researchers selected for Sloan fellowships
ANN ARBOR-Five University of Michigan professors are among the 126 early-career professors from the United States and Canada selected as 2015 Alfred P. Sloan research fellows.
Medicine/Pharmacology
23.02.2015
Web app prompts important sexual health testing
ANN ARBOR-A personalized web app designed to encourage young men at risk for sexually transmitted diseases to go for testing has proven successful in a small trial conducted in Southeast Michigan.
Chemistry - Environmental Sciences
20.02.2015
Draft U-M report analyzes policy options for hydraulic fracturing in Michigan
Draft U-M report analyzes policy options for hydraulic fracturing in Michigan
ANN ARBOR-University of Michigan researchers today released a detailed draft analysis of policy options for hydraulic fracturing, the natural gas and oil extraction process commonly known as fracking.
Event - Medicine/Pharmacology
19.02.2015
Daniel Little re-appointed chancellor of UM-Dearborn
Daniel Little re-appointed chancellor of UM-Dearborn
Business/Economics - Administration/Government
19.02.2015
Kevin Hegarty appointed U-M executive vice president and chief financial officer
Kevin Hegarty appointed U-M executive vice president and chief financial officer
Chemistry - Life Sciences
19.02.2015
Chemistry professor will become next U-M graduate school dean
Chemistry professor will become next U-M graduate school dean
Social Sciences
19.02.2015
Digital games and learning: Study finds helpful features, gaps
Digital games and learning: Study finds helpful features, gaps
ANN ARBOR-A new report on how teachers use video games in classrooms identifies features they find most useful to track student learning, as well as gaps where better tools could help link games more closely to the curriculum.
Environmental Sciences
19.02.2015
Running on empty: Gas guzzlers on the decline
ANN ARBOR-In 2008, half of new-car buyers in the U.S. bought vehicles that were rated at less than 20 mpg.
Social Sciences
18.02.2015
U-M is No. 8 biggest producer of Peace Corps volunteers
U-M is No. 8 biggest producer of Peace Corps volunteers
ANN ARBOR-The University of Michigan was the eighth-largest producer of Peace Corps volunteers last year, with 51 undergraduate alumni serving around the world, the agency has announced.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
16.02.2015
New gadgets could help monitor chronic conditions
ANN ARBOR-Researchers at the University of Michigan are developing small devices with new technologies for patients to monitor their chronic conditions, particularly the elderly and those in underserved populations.
Physics/Materials Science - Administration/Government
12.02.2015
U-M to receive $8.5M for renewed virtual reactor project
U-M to receive $8.5M for renewed virtual reactor project
ANN ARBOR-Michigan Engineering will continue to play a major role in a $121.5 million collaborative project to develop a virtual nuclear reactor.
Business/Economics
12.02.2015
From Mars to Earth: U-M startup acquired
From Mars to Earth: U-M startup acquired
ANN ARBOR-Electric Field Solutions, a University of Michigan startup that uses technology first developed for measuring electric fields caused by dust storms on the surface of Mars, has been acquired by Premier, a gas and electrical industries service company.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Literature/Linguistics
12.02.2015
U-M receives more Fulbrights than any other US public university
Arts and Design
11.02.2015
U-M Stamps School of Art & Design partners to explore art and gentrification in Detroit
ANN ARBOR-A new series to be published by online Detroit-based arts and culture journal Infinite Mile, in partnership with the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design, casts a critical eye upon the topic of art and gentrification in the city of Detroit and beyond.
Social Sciences
11.02.2015
Driverless vehicles: Fewer cars, more miles
Driverless vehicles: Fewer cars, more miles
ANN ARBOR-Autonomous vehicles may reduce the number of vehicles a family needs, but may lead to an increase in total miles driven, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
Environmental Sciences - Earth Sciences
10.02.2015
Geoengineering report: Scientists urge more research on climate intervention
ANN ARBOR-Deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, while necessary, may not happen soon enough to stave off climate catastrophe.
History/Archeology
09.02.2015
Ancient Egyptian artifacts on view for the first time
Ancient Egyptian artifacts on view for the first time
ANN ARBOR-In the first exhibition of its kind, the University of Michigan's Kelsey Museum of Archaeology will bring together artifacts from 1920s and '30s excavations in Egypt, as well as selections from the largest papyrology collection in North America, housed at the U-M Library.
Careers/Employment
06.02.2015
Cursing Oscar: Male winners more likely to suffer
ANN ARBOR-Is the "Oscar curse" real? Does misfortune befall Academy Award winners after they bring the gold statue home? A University of Michigan professor says there is something to it, but not what most people think.
Environmental Sciences - Earth Sciences
05.02.2015
A closer look at the flawed studies behind policies used to promote ’low-carbon’ biofuels
ANN ARBOR-Nearly all of the studies used to promote biofuels as climate-friendly alternatives to petroleum fuels are flawed and need to be redone, according to a University of Michigan researcher who reviewed more than 100 papers published over more than two decades. Once the erroneous methodology is corrected, the results will likely show that policies used to promote biofuels-such as the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard and California's Low-Carbon Fuel Standard-actually make matters worse when it comes to limiting net emissions of climate-warming carbon dioxide gas.
Environmental Sciences
05.02.2015
Vehicle fuel economy at highest mark since last summer
ANN ARBOR-Gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. was up last month for the first time since last August, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
04.02.2015
STEM education: U-M to help lead $5M ’VIP’ program
Pedagogy/Education Science - Medicine/Pharmacology
04.02.2015
Pay-to-play sports: Parents with traditional beliefs about gender may shortchange daughters
ANN ARBOR-Parents with the most traditional beliefs about masculinity and femininity are likelier to view pay-to-play sports fees as too high for daughters compared with sons, a new study from the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology suggests.
Social Sciences
30.01.2015
Consumer sentiment highest in decade in January
ANN ARBOR-Consumer optimism rose in the January 2015 survey to its highest level in the past decade, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.
Literature/Linguistics
29.01.2015
U-M partners to make 25,000 early English books open to the public
U-M partners to make 25,000 early English books open to the public
ANN ARBOR-The texts of the first printed editions of Shakespeare, Chaucer and Milton as well as lesser-known titles from the early modern era can now be freely read by anyone with an Internet connection.
Chemistry - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
28.01.2015
Spiky ’hedgehog particles’ for safer paints, fewer VOC emissions
ANN ARBOR-A new process that can sprout microscopic spikes on nearly any type of particle may lead to more environmentally friendly paints and a variety of other innovations.
Social Sciences - Environmental Sciences
28.01.2015
U-M survey reveals how personal concerns, income shape consumer attitudes about energy
ANN ARBOR-Americans are just as concerned about energy's impact on the environment as they are about its affordability, according to first-year results of the University of Michigan Energy Survey.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Computer Science/Telecom
27.01.2015
Walking robots to be discussed at upcoming lecture
ANN ARBOR-Despite tremendous advances in the field of two-legged robots over the past few decades, bipedal machines are a long way from impersonating, much less improving upon, the human gait.
Social Sciences - Architecture
26.01.2015
ISR addition is latest U-M project to achieve LEED Gold Certification
ISR addition is latest U-M project to achieve LEED Gold Certification
ANN ARBOR-The Thompson Street addition to the U-M Institute for Social Research has received LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
22.01.2015
Trust your gut: E. coli may hold one of the keys to treating Parkinson's
Trust your gut: E. coli may hold one of the keys to treating Parkinson’s
ANN ARBOR-E. coli usually brings to mind food poisoning and beach closures, but researchers recently discovered a protein in E. coli that inhibits the accumulation of potentially toxic amyloids-a hallmark of diseases such as Parkinson's. Amyloids are formed by proteins that misfold and group together, and when amyloids assemble at the wrong place or time, they can damage brain tissue and cause cell death, according to Marger
Philosophy - Social Sciences
22.01.2015
Is cheating on the field worse than cheating on a spouse? Some fans think so
Is cheating on the field worse than cheating on a spouse? Some fans think so
ANN ARBOR-Why did fans and sponsors such as Nike drop Lance Armstrong but stay loyal to Tiger Woods? Probably because Armstrong's doping scandal took place on the field, unlike Wood's off-the-field extramarital affairs, according to new studies.
Administration/Government
22.01.2015
More Michigan local governments report boosting pay
Business/Economics
20.01.2015
Lessons from Target Canada
Lessons from Target Canada
Ravi Anupindi, professor of technology and operations at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, shares his thoughts on Target's plans to pull out of Canada where it has 133 stores and 17,000 employees.
Life Sciences - Environmental Sciences
20.01.2015
Predators, parasites, pests and the paradox of biological control
Predators, parasites, pests and the paradox of biological control
ANN ARBOR-When a bird swoops down and grabs a caterpillar devouring your backyard garden, you might view it as a clear victory for natural pest control. But what if that caterpillar is infected with larvae from a tiny parasitic wasp-another agent of biological pest control. Who should you root for now, the bird or the wasp? A new study from University of Michigan researchers suggests that the gardener should cheer for both of them or, more precisely, for the struggle between the predator and the parasite.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
19.01.2015
Know your enemy: Combating whooping cough requires informed vaccine booster schedules
ANN ARBOR-A key to victory in battle, according to Chinese general and military strategist Sun Tzu, is to know your enemy.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
19.01.2015
Bed nets and vaccines: Some combinations may worsen malaria
Bed nets and vaccines: Some combinations may worsen malaria
ANN ARBOR-Combining insecticide-treated bed nets with vaccines and other control measures may provide the best chance at eliminating malaria, which killed nearly 600,000 people worldwide in 2013, most of them African children. More than 20 malaria vaccine candidates are in different stages of development, but none are licensed for use.
Social Sciences - Environmental Sciences
19.01.2015
Most Americans support EPA plan to reduce emissions
ANN ARBOR-A majority of Americans say they support a plan proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants.
Environmental Sciences - Business/Economics
16.01.2015
U-M study details costs, environmental impact of raising Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard
ANN ARBOR-A new University of Michigan study analyzes the real impacts of raising Michigan's Renewable Portfolio Standard-the policy mandating the percentage of the state's electric generation capacity that must be provided by renewable power.
Business/Economics - Pedagogy/Education Science
16.01.2015
U-M researcher launches new child savings account program in Lansing
LANSING-A University of Michigan-led program that will help Lansing families save for their children's education will launch today.
Computer Science/Telecom
16.01.2015
Hundreds of hackers converge on campus for semi-annual hackathon
Business/Economics
15.01.2015
U-M to launch leadership center with $20 million gift from former General Mills CEO Stephen Sanger and Karen Sanger
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Computer Science/Telecom
14.01.2015
Self-driving cars: Lower-cost navigation system developed
Self-driving cars: Lower-cost navigation system developed
ANN ARBOR-A new software system developed at the University of Michigan uses video game technology to help solve one of the most daunting hurdles facing self-driving and automated cars-the high cost of the laser scanners they use to determine their location.
Medicine/Pharmacology
13.01.2015
U-M leads nationwide study on safety of older drivers
ANN ARBOR-The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute is one of five national test sites selected by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety to address the well-being of older drivers.
Social Sciences
09.01.2015
Facebook still has most users, but other social media sites grow
ANN ARBOR-Facebook remains the most popular social media site, by far, with 71 percent of online adults using the platform, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center that involves researchers from the University of Michigan School of Information. While the proportion of Internet users who connect on the site is unchanged from 2013, the level of user engagement with the platform has increased.
Medicine/Pharmacology
08.01.2015
Designers, health care researchers, African scholars unite to brainstorm creative solutions for Ebola
ANN ARBOR-Designers, researchers and scholars at the University of Michigan will work in teams this month to generate creative responses to critical areas of the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa.
Environmental Sciences - Business/Economics
08.01.2015
Brownwashing: Do companies underreport environmental progress?
ANN ARBOR-While some companies have been criticized for overstating their environmental credentials-a practice known as greenwashing-a new University of Michigan study has found that some do just the
Event
07.01.2015
Digital leaders added to Livingston Awards judging panels
Environmental Sciences
07.01.2015
Vehicle fuel economy drops in December
ANN ARBOR-Gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. slipped last month, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
Social Sciences
23.12.2014
Consumer sentiment highest in eight years in December
Consumer sentiment highest in eight years in December
Diane Swanbrow, (734) 647-9069, swanbrow [a] umich (p) edu or Surveys of Consumers, (734) 763-5224 or Thomson Reuters PR Hotline: (646) 223-7222, ext.1 ANN ARBOR-Consumer confidence reach
Business/Economics
19.12.2014
Seven steps to selling your idea to the boss
ANN ARBOR-Middle managers often know best when certain practices or products are ripe for change in an organization, but can struggle selling their ideas up the chain of command.
Business/Economics
19.12.2014
Economic output less dependent on road transportation
ANN ARBOR-For the past 10 years, motorization in the U.S. has been on the decline, due mainly to more telecommuting, greater use of public transit, increased urbanization of the population and changes in the ages of drivers.
Computer Science/Telecom - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
18.12.2014
U-M Provost Pollack will serve additional three years
Business/Economics - Medicine/Pharmacology
18.12.2014
Weisers’ $50 million gift impacts six University of Michigan units
ANN ARBOR-Ambassador Ronald N. Weiser (BBA '66) and Eileen L. Weiser (MMus '75) have made a $50 million gift to the University of Michigan.
Administration/Government - Medicine/Pharmacology
18.12.2014
Infertility, surrogacy in India: U-M expert discusses her research
Infertility is a growing problem worldwide. A World Health Organization report estimates that 60-to-80 million couples worldwide currently suffer from infertility.
Administration/Government - Social Sciences
18.12.2014
A majority of Michigan local governments firm up financial practices
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
18.12.2014
Tailor-made cancer treatments? New cell culture technique paves the way
ANN ARBOR-In a development that could lead to a deeper understanding of cancer and better early-stage treatment of the disease, University of Michigan researchers have devised a reliable way to grow a certain type of cancer cells from patients outside the body for study. The new technique is more than three times as effective as previous methods.
Law/Forensics
17.12.2014
U-M expert on the UN Arms Trade Treaty
Susan Waltz, professor at the University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy, is available to speak with journalists about the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, which takes effect Dec.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
16.12.2014
U-M professors elected to National Academy of Inventors
Greta Guest, University of Michigan, 734-936-7821, gguest [a] umich (p) edu or Keara Leach, National Academy of Inventors, 813-974-5862, kleach [a] academyofinventors (p) org ANN ARBOR-Three University of Michigan researchers have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.
Medicine/Pharmacology
15.12.2014
War metaphors for cancer hurt certain prevention behaviors
ANN ARBOR-It's not unusual for people to use war metaphors such as "fight" and "battle" when trying to motivate patients with cancer.
Business/Economics
12.12.2014
Forecast 2015: U-M’s Puneet Manchanda on the digital consumer
Puneet Manchanda, professor of marketing professor at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, shares his insights on how consumers and marketers will interact in the digital space.
Medicine/Pharmacology
11.12.2014
Racial gaps in Medicare Advantage persist across U.S., except in West
ANN ARBOR-Despite years of effort to help American seniors with high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes get their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar under control, new research shows wide gaps between older people of different ethnic backgrounds in all three of these key health measures.
Environmental Sciences - Business/Economics
10.12.2014
U-Michigan to explore strategies for dealing with water-level changes in the Great Lakes
U-Michigan to explore strategies for dealing with water-level changes in the Great Lakes
John Callewaert, 734-615-3752, jcallew [a] umich (p) edu or Lisa Pappas, 734-615-3325, lapappas [a] umich (p) edu ANN ARBOR-Extreme water-level fluctuations in the Great Lakes, including his
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
10.12.2014
How sweet it is: U-M study pinpoints part of brain that triggers addiction
How sweet it is: U-M study pinpoints part of brain that triggers addiction
ANN ARBOR-Activating the brain's amygdala, an almond-shaped mass that processes emotions, can create an addictive, intense desire for sugary foods, a new University of Michigan study found. Rewards such as sweet tasty food or even addictive drugs like alcohol or cocaine can be extremely attractive when this brain structure is triggered.
Business/Economics
10.12.2014
Forecast 2015: U-M's Scott DeRue on resolutions every leader should make
Forecast 2015: U-M’s Scott DeRue on resolutions every leader should make
Scott DeRue, professor of management and organizations and associate dean for executive education at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, shares his insights on key changes we can make in the new year to lead with values and authenticity.
Business/Economics
09.12.2014
Forecast 2015: U-M's Wally Hopp on income disparity
Forecast 2015: U-M’s Wally Hopp on income disparity
Wally Hopp, professor of technology and operations and senior associate dean for faculty and research at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, shares his thoughts on where income disparity will take us in 2015.
Environmental Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
04.12.2014
U-M ecologist wins prestigious award for young scientists
U-M ecologist wins prestigious award for young scientists
Event - Pedagogy/Education Science
04.12.2014
U-Michigan joins national effort to expand college access
Environmental Sciences
04.12.2014
Vehicle fuel economy remains unchanged in November
ANN ARBOR-Gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. stayed the same last month, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
Business/Economics - Social Sciences
03.12.2014
U-Michigan launches new minor in entrepreneurship
Agronomy/Food Science - Medicine/Pharmacology
02.12.2014
Mom’s obesity linked to full-term infant death
ANN ARBOR-The risk of a baby dying during its first year of life is twice as high in mothers who were obese by the time they got pregnant than in normal-weight mothers, according to researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. And it's not necessarily the usual complications of pregnancy associated with being overweight-preeclampsia and gestational diabetes-that are to blame, said Dr. Eduardo Villamor, U-M associate professor of epidemiology and study co-author.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Medicine/Pharmacology
02.12.2014
1,000 Pitches winners part of national movement
ANN ARBOR-The world's largest student pitch competition is helping to spread the spirit of entrepreneurship across the University of Michigan and beyond.
Social Sciences
26.11.2014
Consumer sentiment brightens holiday spending
Consumer sentiment brightens holiday spending
Contact Diane Swanbrow, (734) 647-9069, swanbrow [a] umich (p) edu or Surveys of Consumers, (734) 763-5224 or Thomson Reuters PR Hotline: (646) 223-7222, ext.1 ANN ARBOR-Consumer confiden
Event
26.11.2014
Giving Blueday: U-M holds 24-hour online campaign
Social Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
25.11.2014
Unmet needs of older Americans common in many living settings
ANN ARBOR-Older adults who live in retirement or senior housing communities are more likely to have unmet needs for help than are older adults who live in traditional housing, according to a new study. About 2.5 million older adults live in these settings, nearly as many as the 3 million who live in residential care settings, including nursing homes.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Pedagogy/Education Science
25.11.2014
U-M faculty develop innovative teaching projects for the university’s third century
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
24.11.2014
Dr. Marschall Runge recommended to lead U-M Health System
Dr. Marschall Runge recommended to lead U-M Health System
ANN ARBOR-University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel today announced he will recommend the appointment of Dr. Marschall Runge to become U-M's executive vice president for medical affairs March 1, pending approval by the Board of Regents in December.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
24.11.2014
Eight U-M scientists, engineers named AAAS Fellows
ANN ARBOR-Eight University of Michigan faculty members are among 401 newly elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Life Sciences - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
24.11.2014
Seven U-M scientists, engineers named AAAS Fellows
ANN ARBOR-Seven University of Michigan faculty members are among 401 newly elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Psychology
24.11.2014
Teens prescribed anxiety, sleep medications likelier to illegally abuse them later
ANN ARBOR-The medical community may be inadvertently creating a new generation of illegal, recreational drug users by prescribing anti-anxiety or sleep medications to teenagers, say University of Michigan researchers. Teens prescribed anxiety or sleep medications are up to 12 times more likely to abuse those drugs than those who had never had a prescription, either by using someone else's prescription pills or to get high or experiment, according to a study from the U-M School of Nursing.
Business/Economics
21.11.2014
Q&A on Ukraine: Troop movements, sanctions and Russia’s plans
As the conflict grinds on in Ukraine, there are more questions about Russia's intentions, the effectiveness of sanctions and what the West can do to end the fighting.
Business/Economics - Careers/Employment
21.11.2014
Michigan’s economy: Onward and upward
ANN ARBOR-After five years of steady job growth, the Michigan economy will continue to move forward at a solid clip over the next two years, say University of Michigan economists.
Agronomy/Food Science - Medicine/Pharmacology
21.11.2014
U-M School of Public Health creates nutrition department
ANN ARBOR-Citing growing student interest and an increasing national emphasis on nutrition as a key to good health, the University of Michigan Board of Regents has approved a School of Public Health request to establish a new Department of Nutritional Sciences.
Business/Economics - Careers/Employment
21.11.2014
Michigan’s economy: Steady as she goes
ANN ARBOR-After five years of steady job growth, the Michigan economy will continue to move forward at a solid clip over the next two years, say University of Michigan economists.
Social Sciences - Law/Forensics
20.11.2014
U-M expert can respond to Obama’s immigration reform speech tonight
ANN ARBOR-Ann Lin, associate professor at the University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy, has studied recent federal efforts to reform immigration policies and shares her thoughts.
Business/Economics
20.11.2014
The US economy: Ready for takeoff
ANN ARBOR-The U.S. economy will grow by more than 3 percent next year-its highest rate in 10 years, say economists at the University of Michigan.
Environmental Sciences - Earth Sciences
19.11.2014
What agricultural ’ecosystems on steroids’ are doing to the air
ANN ARBOR-In a study that identifies a new, "direct fingerprint" of human activity on Earth, scientists have found that agricultural crops play a big role in seasonal swings of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The new findings from Boston University, the University of Michigan and other institutions reveal a nuance in the carbon cycle that could help scientists understand and predict how Earth's vegetation will react as the globe warms.
Psychology - Environmental Sciences
19.11.2014
Lean times ahead: Preparing for an energy-constrained future
ANN ARBOR-Some time this century, the era of cheap and abundant energy will end, and Western industrial civilization will likely begin a long, slow descent toward a resource-limited future characteriz
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Business/Economics
19.11.2014
Secure, free encryption of all websites is goal of new project
ANN ARBOR-In an effort to reinvent and dramatically improve Internet security, researchers at the University of Michigan have joined with Mozilla and other industry and nonprofit partners to soon offer free, automated and open website HTTPS encryption.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Agronomy/Food Science
17.11.2014
Newly discovered hormone points to potential treatment for obesity, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease
Newly discovered hormone points to potential treatment for obesity, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease
ANN ARBOR-Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered how a previously unknown hormone serves as a messenger from fat cells to the liver and are investigating the potential of developing a new treatment for metabolic disorders. Jiandie Lin of the Life Sciences Institute described how in mice the hormone, NRG4, is secreted by so-called brown fat cells and communicates with the liver to regulate the conversion of sugar into fat.
Administration/Government
17.11.2014
U-M jumps to No. 6 in study abroad ranking
Administration/Government - Social Sciences
13.11.2014
Michigan local governments largely satisfied with privatized services
Astronomy - Earth Sciences
12.11.2014
Rosetta: U-M engineers involved in historic mission
Michigan engineers are deeply involved in the historic Rosetta mission that, for the first time in human history, landed a spacecraft on a comet today.
Environmental Sciences
11.11.2014
Vehicle fuel economy unchanged in October
ANN ARBOR-Gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. remained unchanged last month, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
Social Sciences
11.11.2014
U-M expert discusses realities of immigration reform
ANN ARBOR-Ann Lin, associate professor at the University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy, has studied recent federal efforts to reform immigration policies and shares her thoughts on why meaningful change may be out of reach until the next presidential election.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Business/Economics
10.11.2014
Mortality rates lower for patients cared for by nurses with bachelor’s degrees
ANN ARBOR-Patients in an eastern academic medical center who received most of their nursing care from nurses with bachelor of science degrees had better care, fewer readmissions and shorter stays, according to a University of Michigan study. The study only looked at patients in one hospital, said Olga Yakusheva, lead author and U-M associate professor of nursing.
Pedagogy/Education Science
10.11.2014
Mothers’ education significant to children’s academic success
ANN ARBOR-A mother knows best-and the amount of education she attains can predict her children's success in reading and math. In fact, that success is greater if she had her child later in life, according to a new University of Michigan study. Sandra Tang, a U-M psychology research fellow and the study's lead author, said children of mothers 19 and older usually enter kindergarten with higher levels of achievement.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Business/Economics
10.11.2014
Asthma patients to docs: Can we talk about cost?
ANN ARBOR-Asthma patients concerned about their ability to pay for medical care would like to talk about cost-related concerns with their physicians but often don't get that opportunity, say researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Business/Economics - Computer Science/Telecom
07.11.2014
Outsmarting the airlines on price could get harder
ANN ARBOR-Technology and competition have made it easier for consumers to capture deals on airline tickets with the right strategy.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
07.11.2014
U-Michigan signs royalty agreement for Gaucher disease drug
ANN ARBOR-The University of Michigan signed an agreement with PDL BioPharma Inc. to sell a portion of its royalty interest in Cerdelga (eliglustat) capsules, a first-line oral treatment for adults with Gaucher disease type 1.
Pedagogy/Education Science
03.11.2014
U-M TeachingWorks receives grant to transform teacher education
Law/Forensics - Arts and Design
03.11.2014
New U-M
New U-M "Wolves" art exhibit targets divisive issue
ANN ARBOR-The works of two local artists who passionately oppose wolf hunting in Michigan go on display today at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, one day before voters across the state cast ballots on the issue.
Social Sciences - Environmental Sciences
03.11.2014
Environmental influences on autism the focus of new $1.6 million federal grant to U-M
ANN ARBOR-University of Michigan researchers will use a new $1.6 million federal grant to probe potential social and environmental links to autism, collecting location-specific information from tens of thousands of affected individuals and their families nationwide. The National Center for Geospatial Medicine, based at U-M's School of Natural Resources and Environment, is funded through the National Institute of Mental Health for the three-year autism spectrum disorder study, which began Oct.
Business/Economics
31.10.2014
Statement from Jim Hackett
Sport Sciences - Business/Economics
31.10.2014
Remarks by U-M president Mark Schlissel
Business/Economics
31.10.2014
U-Michigan President Mark Schlissel appoints interim athletic director
ANN ARBOR-University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel today announced he was appointing James Hackett, the recently retired chief executive officer of Michigan-based Steelcase Inc., as interim athletic director for the university.
Social Sciences - Business/Economics
31.10.2014
Consumer sentiment in October highest in seven years
Consumer sentiment in October highest in seven years
Contact Diane Swanbrow, (734) 647-9069, swanbrow [a] umich (p) edu or Surveys of Consumers, (734) 763-5224 or Thomson Reuters PR Hotline: (646) 223-7222, ext.1 ANN ARBOR-Consumer confidence posted its third consecutive monthly gain in October, rising to its highest level since July 2007, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.
Business/Economics - Social Sciences
30.10.2014
Q&A with U-M Ford School dean: Economy and midterm election campaigns
ANN ARBOR-In the battle for control of the U.S. Senate, economic issues such as tax and immigration reform are largely absent.
Social Sciences - Administration/Government
30.10.2014
New U-M institute to measure impact of university research
ANN ARBOR-Government, industry and foundations spend more than $65 billion each year on research at the nation's universities. The University of Michigan has launched a new initiative at the U-M Institute for Social Research that will coordinate efforts from across the country to provide rigorous measures of the impact of this investment on the economy as well as on scientific progress.
Social Sciences
30.10.2014
Self-driving vehicles generate enthusiasm, concerns worldwide
ANN ARBOR-Despite safety concerns about equipment failure, a majority of drivers on three continents have high expectations for autonomous vehicles.
Business/Economics
29.10.2014
Green technology saves energy and boosts profits, productivity in factories
Green technology saves energy and boosts profits, productivity in factories
Contact Mandira Banerjee (734) 764-4251, mandirab [a] umich (p) edu or Terry Kosdrosky, (734) 936-2502, terrykos [a] umich (p) edu ANN ARBOR-Switching to LED lights in factories not only saves energy, it boosts productivity and increases profits, a new study shows. LEDs-or light-emitting diodes-create less heat than traditional lights, so they help keep factory floors cooler.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
22.10.2014
U-M chemist receives $2M to map disease-causing ’free radical’ damage
ANN ARBOR-Oxidative stress in our bodies is an unavoidable consequence of breathing and eating, but when it gets out of balance, it's implicated in cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, heart disease, diabetes and aging itself.
Environmental Sciences
22.10.2014
Auto companies continue to exceed fuel economy standards
ANN ARBOR-In the three years since a new standard for gas mileage has been in effect, automakers have surpassed it each year, improving new-vehicle fuel economy by about a mile per gallon annually.
Sport Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
21.10.2014
Teens playing high-contact sports at risk for using drugs, alcohol
ANN ARBOR-Teens who play sports like football, wrestling, hockey or lacrosse are more likely to drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes or marijuana than student athletes who play noncontact sports, according to a new University of Michigan study.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Careers/Employment
21.10.2014
Measures to avoid hospital readmission often don’t work
ANN ARBOR-Health care interventions designed to keep patients from having to be readmitted to the hospital are proving unsuccessful, a researcher from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a colleague have found. Further, Ariel Linden, adjunct associate professor in the School of Public Health's Department of Health Management and Policy, noted that another study just released reached a similar conclusion, suggesting that those who administer Medicare may want to take a look at policies, a recent one in particular.
Social Sciences
20.10.2014
The new American family: How and why we’ve changed
ANN ARBOR-Most young Americans plan to get married someday, but more than 40 percent of births now occur outside marriage, and the American family itself has become far more diverse and varied.
Business/Economics
20.10.2014
Enrollment remains steady at U-Michigan; freshman apps, enrollment set records
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
20.10.2014
Six U-Michigan faculty elected to prestigious Institute of Medicine
Six U-Michigan faculty elected to prestigious Institute of Medicine
Contact Diane Swanbrow, (734) 647-9069, swanbrow [a] umich (p) edu or Kara Gavin, (734) 764-2220, kegavin [a] umich (p) edu ANN ARBOR-University of Michigan experts in genetic and statistica
Life Sciences
17.10.2014
New app customizes animal natural history on the go
ANN ARBOR-A University of Michigan startup has launched the first of many mobile apps with customized data on animals for parks, zoos, museums and other natural areas.
Business/Economics - Administration/Government
16.10.2014
U-M endowment has quadrupled during life of Investment Office
Business/Economics - Administration/Government
16.10.2014
Campaign, investments help put U-M in strong financial position
Careers/Employment
15.10.2014
U-M Stamps School of Art & Design’s new graduate program teaches real-world design
ANN ARBOR-A new two-year graduate program in integrative design at the University of Michigan represents a paradigm shift as designers address unpredictable and fast-changing real-world problems and situations in society.
Life Sciences - Event
15.10.2014
U-M biologist awarded 2014 Packard Fellowship
U-M biologist awarded 2014 Packard Fellowship
ANN ARBOR-University of Michigan evolutionary biologist Daniel Rabosky is among 18 young scientists and engineers from universities across the country named today as 2014 recipients of the Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Environmental Sciences - Earth Sciences
15.10.2014
Lake Erie increasingly susceptible to large cyanobacteria blooms
Lake Erie increasingly susceptible to large cyanobacteria blooms
ANN ARBOR-Lake Erie has become increasingly susceptible to large blooms of toxin-producing cyanobacteria since 2002, potentially complicating efforts to rein in the problem in the wake of this year's Toledo drinking water crisis, according to a new study led by University of Michigan researchers.
Business/Economics
14.10.2014
When companies in the same industry have common owners, consumers pay
ANN ARBOR-If you owned two companies in the same industry, would you make them compete? Probably not, knowing the firms make higher profits if they don't. Antitrust legislation should prevent
Environmental Sciences - Social Sciences
13.10.2014
U-M campus sustainability awareness is up, actions lag
ANN ARBOR-Findings from a new U-M Sustainability Cultural Indicators Program report show that most U-M faculty, students, and staff have increased their knowledge about how to be more sustainable, particularly in the areas of foods and waste prevention, but behavior change hasn't kept pace.
Business/Economics
13.10.2014
Recent gains in gas mileage have fueled major societal benefits
ANN ARBOR-Fuel economy in the U.S. has increased 26 percent in the last seven years, saving billions of gallons of gas and billions of pounds of vehicle emissions, say University of Michigan researchers.
Environmental Sciences - Social Sciences
13.10.2014
U-M campus sustainability awareness is up, actions lag (2)
ANN ARBOR-Findings from a new U-M Sustainability Cultural Indicators Program report show that most U-M faculty, students, and staff have increased their knowledge about how to be more sustainable, particularly in the areas of foods and waste prevention, but behavior change hasn't kept pace.
Environmental Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
09.10.2014
U-M campus labs cut energy, save $1.5M in costs
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
09.10.2014
NIH grant supports U-M analysis of big data from mobile health sensors
ANN ARBOR-The University of Michigan is one of a dozen centers sharing a $10.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health aimed at developing innovative tools to gather, analyze and interpret health data generated by mobile and wearable sensors.
Environmental Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
09.10.2014
U-M campus labs cut energy; avoid $1.5M in energy costs
Event
07.10.2014
Date change: U-M Board of Regents candidate forum
Social Sciences - Business/Economics
07.10.2014
Bloomberg to release U-M Surveys of Consumers starting in 2015
Contact Diane Swanbrow, (734) 647-9069, swanbrow [a] umich (p) edu or Mark Murphy, (212) 617-8163, mmurphy215 [a] bloomberg (p) net ANN ARBOR-The University of Michigan has established a new
Business/Economics
07.10.2014
U-Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design to launch new maker space in Detroit neighborhood
ANN ARBOR-Students and faculty at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan will work with a neighborhood alliance in Detroit to launch an incubator for creative enterprises and a community space for developing skills.
Medicine/Pharmacology
07.10.2014
Series featuring U-M experts puts Ebola outbreak in perspective
Contact Laurel Thomas Gnagey, (734) 647-1841, ltgnagey [a] umich (p) edu or Terri Mellow, (734) 764-8094, twm@u ANN ARBOR-Now that Ebola has made its way to the United States and health of
Environmental Sciences
06.10.2014
Large drop in fuel economy in September
ANN ARBOR-Gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. posted its largest drop in nearly three years, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
Event - Psychology
03.10.2014
U-M’s Robert Axelrod awarded National Medal of Science
Administration/Government - Social Sciences
02.10.2014
For better or worse: Michigan communities after the recession
Environmental Sciences
02.10.2014
Increased interest in hybrids among non-hybrid owners
ANN ARBOR-Current owners of hybrid vehicles are very satisfied with them and most will buy a hybrid again, say University of Michigan researchers.
Medicine/Pharmacology
30.09.2014
Statement by U-M President Mark S. Schlissel
As the leader of our university community, I want to express my extreme disappointment in the events surrounding the handling of an on-field injury to one of our football players, Shane Morris.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
30.09.2014
Disease decoded: Gene mutation may lead to development of new cancer drugs
Disease decoded: Gene mutation may lead to development of new cancer drugs
ANN ARBOR-The discovery of a gene mutation that causes a rare premature aging disease could lead to the development of drugs that block the rapid, unstoppable cell division that makes cancer so deadly. Scientists at the University of Michigan and the U-M Health System recently discovered a protein mutation that causes the devastating disease dyskeratosis congenita, in which precious hematopoietic stem cells can't regenerate and make new blood.
Life Sciences - Environmental Sciences
29.09.2014
Michigan wood frogs breed earlier, produce fewer eggs after warmer winters; tadpoles develop more slowly
Contact Kevin Mayhood, Case Western Reserve University, (216) 534-7183, kevin.mayhood [a] case (p) edu or Jim Erickson, University of Michigan, (734) 647-1842, ericksn [a] umich (p) edu ANN ARBOR-How will amphibians respond to climate change? The research ponds at a University of Michigan forest preserve may hold some clues.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
29.09.2014
U-M, USC, Broad to study genetics of two mental health disorders
Contact Laurel Thomas Gnagey, (734) 647-1841, ltgnagey [a] umich (p) edu or Kara Gavin, (734) 764-2220, kegavin [a] umich (p) edu ANN ARBOR-Researchers at the University of Michigan Schoo
Social Sciences - Business/Economics
26.09.2014
Consumer sentiment strengthens in September
Consumer sentiment strengthens in September
Contact Diane Swanbrow, (734) 647-9069, swanbrow [a] umich (p) edu or Surveys of Consumers, (734) 763-5224 or Thomson Reuters PR Hotline: (646) 223-7222, ext.1 ANN ARBOR-Consumer confiden
Administration/Government - Medicine/Pharmacology
25.09.2014
Unique program brings African scholars to U-M
Unique program brings African scholars to U-M
ANN ARBOR-When Mariam Boakye-Gyasi was 3 years old, she caught a severe case of malaria that caused her small body to convulse so violently that her parents were afraid she would break her teeth.
Astronomy - Chemistry
25.09.2014
The water in your bottle might be older than the sun
ANN ARBOR-Up to half of the water on Earth is likely older than the solar system itself, University of Michigan astronomers theorize.
Business/Economics
25.09.2014
An ambassador’s analysis: Mel Levitsky discusses Brazil’s presidential election
ANN ARBOR-Brazil's presidential election Oct. 5 could be tight. The incumbent is Dilma Rousseff, who has struggled to match the popularity of her charismatic predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Business/Economics
25.09.2014
Dentists meet increased demand as health care act widens
Contact Greta Guest, (734) 936-7821, gguest [a] umich (p) edu or Terry Kosdrosky, (734) 936-2502, terrykos [a] umich (p) edu ANN ARBOR-Can dentists and doctors cope with the increased patient traffic since the Affordable Care Act took effect?
Medicine/Pharmacology - Careers/Employment
24.09.2014
Workers who exercise lower health risks, cost less
Workers who exercise lower health risks, cost less
ANN ARBOR-Get moving: just 20 minutes of exercise a day dramatically lowers the risk of diabetes and heart disease, even for employees with a high risk of developing those conditions.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
24.09.2014
U-M Center for the Discovery of New Medicines announces new grants for drug discovery research
ANN ARBOR-The University of Michigan Center for the Discovery of New Medicines has awarded eight grants, totaling $205,000, to projects investigating new treatments for cancer, infectious disease and heart failure. The support allows U-M researchers to move potential early-stage drug discovery to the next phase of development.
Philosophy - History/Archeology
23.09.2014
Hungarian philosopher Agnes Heller to receive Wallenberg Medal
ANN ARBOR-Hungarian philosopher and Holocaust survivor Agnes Heller on Sept. 30 will receive the 23rd Wallenberg Medal, a humanitarian honor named after a University of Michigan alumnus who saved tens of thousands of Jews near the end of World War II.
Earth Sciences
23.09.2014
Drilling into an active earthquake fault in New Zealand
Drilling into an active earthquake fault in New Zealand
ANN ARBOR-Three University of Michigan geologists are participating in an international effort to drill nearly a mile beneath the surface of New Zealand this fall to bring back rock samples from an active fault known to generate major earthquakes.
Social Sciences
18.09.2014
Natural born killers: Chimpanzee violence is an evolutionary strategy
Natural born killers: Chimpanzee violence is an evolutionary strategy
ANN ARBOR-Man's nearest relatives kill each other in order to eliminate rivals and gain better access to territory, mates, food or other resources-not because human activities have made them more aggressive.
Social Sciences
18.09.2014
American National Election Studies receives $10M in federal funding
Contact Diane Swanbrow, (734) 647-9069, swanbrow [a] umich (p) edu or Chris Thomsen, (650) 736-7569, cthomsen [a] stanford (p) edu ANN ARBOR-The National Science Foundation has awarded $10.2
Environmental Sciences - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
18.09.2014
Should 'scrappers' go mainstream in Detroit?
Should ’scrappers’ go mainstream in Detroit?
Contact Mike Shriberg, (734) 647-6227, mshriber [a] umich (p) edu or Lisa Pappas (734) 615-3325, lapappas [a] umich (p) edu ANN ARBOR-For years, "scrappers" have illicitly mined and sold val
Literature/Linguistics - Social Sciences
17.09.2014
Play based on Steubenville rape case opens at U-M, part of campuswide campaign to prevent sexual assault
Contact Marilou Carlin, U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, (734) 763-1478, carlinm [a] umich (p) edu or Stephanie Miller, Blue Water Communications, (800) 975-3212, (734) 239- 4887 (cell), steph
Physics/Materials Science - Architecture
17.09.2014
Popular Science puts U-M engineer on Brilliant Ten list
ANN ARBOR-A University of Michigan engineering professor whose work on energy scavenging sensors that could help herald the Internet of Things has been honored by a national magazine.
History/Archeology - Business/Economics
17.09.2014
U-M professor in Scotland to witness historic independence vote
U-M professor in Scotland to witness historic independence vote
ANN ARBOR-The Scottish referendum on Sept. 18 is a huge deal. If voters decide to split from the U.K., a major world power and key U.S. ally could be significantly weakened, losing a third of its land mass.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
14.09.2014
Muscular dystrophy: Repair the muscles, not the genetic defect
Muscular dystrophy: Repair the muscles, not the genetic defect
Contact Suzanne Tainter, (734) 647-3437, stainter [a] umich (p) edu or Laura Bailey, (735) 647-1848, baileylm [a] umich (p) edu ANN ARBOR-A potential way to treat muscular dystrophy directly targets muscle repair instead of the underlying genetic defect that usually leads to the disease.
Event - Environmental Sciences
11.09.2014
Art exhibit marks 100-year extinction of passenger pigeon, adds to events planned at U-M
ANN ARBOR-When artists across the country were invited to be part of a traveling exhibit to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon, many had no idea of the story they were about to hear.
Careers/Employment - Business/Economics
10.09.2014
Companies tighten reins on noncompete agreements
Greta Guest, (734) 936-7821, gguest [a] umich (p) edu or Terry Kosdrosky, (734) 936-2502, terrykos [a] umich (p) edu ANN ARBOR-The use of noncompete agreements in employment contracts from t
Social Sciences
08.09.2014
Pennsylvanians less likely than New Yorkers to view fracking negatively
ANN ARBOR-The word "fracking" evokes negative reactions from two out of three New Yorkers, but from fewer than half of Pennsylvania residents, according to a University of Michigan poll.
Environmental Sciences - Life Sciences
05.09.2014
Dietary recommendations may be tied to increased greenhouse gas emissions
ANN ARBOR-If Americans altered their menus to conform to federal dietary recommendations, emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases tied to agricultural production could increase significantly, according to a new study by University of Michigan researchers.
 
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