• First-generation U-M grad turned children’s advocate: ‘You can do it’

    ANN ARBOR—For the kids who move often and change schools, the kids from families who have yet to receive a first college degree, the ones who don’t see themselves as college material, University of Michigan alumna Tonya Allen has a message: She was like you. She did it. You can too. As president and CEO Read more

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  • U-M professor, graduate work together to empower Sudanese women

    ANN ARBOR—South Sudanese women have among the highest fertility rates and maternal death rates in the world, yet cultural norms still frown upon contraceptives—even to make pregnancy and birth safer for women. In light of this paradox, University of Michigan researchers wanted to better understand these Sudanese women’s ideas about contraceptives and family planning in Read more

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  • How even one automated, connected vehicle can improve safety and save energy in traffic

    ANN ARBOR—Connected cruise control uses vehicle-to-vehicle communication to let automated vehicles respond to multiple cars at a time in an effort to save energy and improve safety. University of Michigan researchers have demonstrated its effectiveness on public roads, even when just one automated vehicle is moving among human-driven cars. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication, or V2V, refers to Read more

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  • $100K grand prize winner announced at U-M’s third annual M-Prize chamber arts competition

     ANN ARBOR—After two days of semifinals and finals concerts at the University of Michigan, the Aizuri Quartet has won the $100,000 M-Prize for the third annual chamber arts competition hosted by the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance. The announcement was made Sunday night at Hill Auditorium after the grand prize gala competition, Read more

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  • Roads, bridges would last longer, save money, with new concrete formula

    ANN ARBOR—Passing beneath a crumbling overpass or rumbling over a pothole-riddled street in Michigan and many other parts of the country this time of year, it’s hard not to wonder: Why don’t they make these things out of something that lasts longer? Fifty years ago, the engineering community thought the concrete they incorporated into U.S. Read more

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  • Harvesting clean hydrogen fuel through artificial photosynthesis

    ANN ARBOR—A new, stable artificial photosynthesis device doubles the efficiency of harnessing sunlight to break apart both fresh and salt water, generating hydrogen that can then be used in fuel cells. The device could also be reconfigured to turn carbon dioxide back into fuel. Hydrogen is the cleanest-burning fuel, with water as its only emission. Read more

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  • Light could make semiconductor computers a million times faster or even go quantum

    ANN ARBOR—A technique to manipulate electrons with light could bring quantum computing up to room temperature. A team of researchers in Germany and at the University of Michigan have demonstrated how infrared laser pulses can shift electrons between two different states, the classic 1 and 0, in a thin sheet of semiconductor. “Ordinary electronics are Read more

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  • Key Parker Solar Probe sensor bests sun simulator—last launch hurdle

    With old IMAX projector bulbs, U-M researchers simulate the sun. ANN ARBOR—You don't get to swim in the sun's atmosphere unless you can prove you belong there. And the Parker Solar Probe's Faraday cup, a key sensor aboard the $1.5 billion NASA mission launching this summer, earned its stripes last week by enduring testing in…

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  • U-M professor elected to National Academy of Sciences

    University of Michigan sustainable development researcher Arun Agrawal has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest distinctions for a scientist or engineer in the United States.

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