• Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

    A new tool that uses light to map out the electronic structures of crystals could reveal the capabilities of emerging quantum materials and pave the way for advanced energy technologies and quantum computers, according to researchers at the University of Michigan, University of Regensburg and University of Marburg.

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  • U-M announces winter semester plans for academics, housing, increased testing

    With the goal of balancing safety concerns with the university’s academic mission and the well-being and support of the campus community, University of Michigan leaders have announced 2021 winter semester plans that include more remote courses, fewer undergraduates living on campus and more widely available COVID-19 testing.

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  • U-M coronavirus news, research, experts

    As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in the U.S. and around the world, dozens of University of Michigan experts across a wide variety of disciplines are conducting research and using their expertise to address COVID-19 and its impact on public health, the economy, the environment, education and more.

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  • 2020 Election news, research, experts

  • A Trump self-pardon creates legal uncertainty, political chaos

    FACULTY Q&A Before President Trump leaves office next month, political and legal analysts believe he will grant many pardons not only to his allies and family members, but also to himself. Richard Primus, the Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan, is a constitutional law expert who says that Read more

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  • Smoking, tobacco use among teens continues to drop even as use of e-cigs grows

    Despite the increase in use of e-cigarettes among adolescents, cigarette and smokeless tobacco prevalence declined more rapidly between 2012 and 2019 than in previous periods, according to a new study. The analysis by the University of Michigan and Georgetown University shows that past 30-day and daily use of both cigarettes and smokeless tobacco fell more Read more

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  • Algorithm & Blues: Machine-aided personnel decisions aim for fairness, risk side effects

    FACULTY Q&A When it comes to making human resources decisions, can humans be fair? What about relying on algorithms to make decisions instead? The answer to the first question is not always, which leads some business leaders to pursue the second. Yet, it turns out decisions made by machines are perceived as even less fair Read more

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  • Using ancient minerals from deep within Earth’s crust to measure cosmic radiation

    If you want to understand a part of Earth’s galactic history—whether it passed near a supernova during its path around our galaxy, for example—you may be able to find the answer in the crystal structure of a rock, according to a University of Michigan study. The study outlines a method using paleo-detectors, an idea inspired Read more

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  • Conversational assistants could be used to improve African American health around COVID-19

    FACULTY Q&A University of Michigan researchers say employing a conversational assistant—think ‘Hey, Siri,’ or perhaps something less global like an “Ask the Doc”—could be one way to narrow the gap in health disparities impacting the African American community, particularly around the current COVID-19 pandemic. Lionel Robert, associate professor at the School of Information and senior Read more

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  • U-M student raises 30K to build school in Malawi

    The children from a small rural village in Malawi will have a new school building by the end of this year, thanks to a University of Michigan student. Simon Kim, a freshman at U-M’s Ross School of Business, raised $30,000 through a social media campaign to support the community in this east African nation and Read more

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  • Front-line workers honored in Michigan Marching Band’s first virtual show

    As part of the festivities planned for the Nov. 28 football game between the University of Michigan and Penn State, the Michigan Marching Band is set to release their first virtual show during halftime at 1:30 p.m. ET. on YouTube. Titled “Hail to the Frontline Heroes,” the show includes performances of hits like The Beatles’ Read more

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  • New virtual U-M exhibition reexamines photography of midwest Native people, tribes

    Photography can be a tool of colonialism, as well as a tool of sovereignty and self-identification. With this principle at heart, the student creators of a new online exhibition investigate the complex balance between violation of privacy and the quest for self-identification felt by Native peoples during the early era of photography. Drawing from the Read more

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  • How chaplains in the US are helping deal with existential crises during a pandemic

    FACULTY Q&A The majority of Americans say they are aware of chaplains and desire their services, yet few report previous experience with them in health care, according to a University of Michigan study. Lead author Geila Rajaee, a doctoral candidate at the U-M School of Public Health, discusses how chaplaincy is perceived in the U.S., Read more

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