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Administration/Government - Business/Economics
U-M annual research funding rises to $1.39 billion
ANN ARBOR'The total volume of research at the University of Michigan reached $1.39 billion in the fiscal year that closed June 30, 2016, a 7.2 percent increase from the previous year and a new record high.
Income, education impact aspects of health in race, gender-specific ways
ANN ARBOR?Research long has shown that socioeconomic status has much to do with how healthy we are, but a study from the University of Michigan reveals that not all races and genders are equally insulated from certain health conditions, even when income and education levels are higher.
Business/Economics - Careers/Employment
Housing market drives franchise expansion
ANN ARBOR'When the average housing wealth of homeowners in a particular area falls as much as it did during the Great Recession, a chain's entry into franchising could be delayed by roughly four months and its employment growth reduced by 9 percent, say University of Michigan researchers.
Life Sciences - History/Archeology
U-M-led team recovers ’most complete Michigan mastodon skeleton in many decades’ from Thumb site
ANN ARBOR'The most complete ice age mastodon skeleton found in Michigan since the 1940s was recovered this month from the state's Thumb region by a University of Michigan-led team that included Tuscola County teachers who volunteered for the dig.
Executive pay gets boost from common owners
ANN ARBOR'The better the company performs compared to its peers, the more top executives should receive in pay, bonuses and stock awards.
Business/Economics - Environment/Sustainable Development
Truck emissions: Survey gauges trucking industry attitudes
Truck emissions: Survey gauges trucking industry attitudes
ANN ARBOR'As the U.S. trucking industry faces new federal limits on greenhouse gas emissions, a University of Michigan team surveyed fleet managers to gauge their views on fuel usage, fuel economy and fuel-saving technologies.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Business/Economics
$27M investment to globalize driverless vehicle research
SHENZHEN'A $27 million investment from a Chinese firm will strengthen the efforts of the University of Michigan, along with industry and government partners, to advance autonomous, connected vehicles and robotic technologies for a safer and more sustainable future around the world.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Business/Economics
Public supports bringing back home ec cooking lessons for the health of it
ANN ARBOR'Gone are the days when most Americans learned how to cook from a parent or during a mandatory school home economics class.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
Faster access to patient information results in improved emergency care
ANN ARBOR?Electronic access to prior medical records results in a better, less costly patient experience in the emergency department on a number of fronts, according to new University of Michigan research. In a study on the effectiveness of recent federal efforts to increase electronic sharing of patient health records, U-M researchers found that when information requests from external organizations were returned electronically instead of by fax, the information was seen by a doctor an hour faster-cutting a patient's time in the emergency department by nearly 53 minutes.
Social Sciences
U-M launches Youth Policy Lab to improve young lives
ANN ARBOR?Researchers at the University of Michigan have launched a new lab designed to help state and local agencies, social service providers, nonprofits and educators improve life outcomes for Michigan youth, from birth through age 25.
Environment/Sustainable Development
UPDATE: Hurricane Matthew could leave 9 million in the dark
Regularly updated hurricane power outage forecasts: myumi.ch/J2PQ3 ANN ARBOR?Hurricane Matthew could knock out power for 9.6 million people in the United States in a wide swath stretching from Miami to the Carolinas.
Administration/Government - Social Sciences
Researchers to examine Common Core
ANN ARBOR'The University of Michigan is leading a team of colleges that will receive funding to analyze the Common Core State Standards initiative that overhauls academic achievement standards for K-12 students nationwide.
Business/Economics - Careers/Employment
U-M battery startup enters $1.5M joint venture
U-M battery startup enters $1.5M joint venture
ANN ARBOR'In an effort to make safer, longer-lasting lithium-ion batteries for technologies like electric vehicles, smartphones and laptops, a University of Michigan startup has formed a $1.5 million joint venture with two major players in the industry.
Environment/Sustainable Development
Hurricane Matthew could leave 7 million in the dark
ANN ARBOR?Hurricane Matthew could knock out power for approximately 7 million people in the United States in a wide swath stretching from Miami to the Carolinas.
Environment/Sustainable Development
Vehicle fuel economy dropped again last month
ANN ARBOR'Gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. declined for the second straight month in September, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
Past climate linked to mammal communities in Africa today
Past climate linked to mammal communities in Africa today
ANN ARBOR?Scientists are increasingly concerned about the impact of climate change on the world's biodiversity, and much effort has been placed into forecasting the response of species to these changes over the next century.
Colombia peace process: What’s next?
FACULTY Q&A Colombians recently rejected by a narrow vote a peace agreement that had been carefully crafted by the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) over more than four years of negotiations. The agreement would have put an end to a conflict that has lasted more than a half century, claiming more than 220,000 lives and displacing millions.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science
'Atomic sandwiches' could make computers 100X greener
’Atomic sandwiches’ could make computers 100X greener
ANN ARBOR?Researchers have engineered a material that could lead to a new generation of computing devices, packing in more computing power while consuming a fraction of the energy that today's electronics require.
Careers/Employment - Medicine/Pharmacology
U-M Tech Transfer reports 12 new startups, record number of agreements
ANN ARBOR'The University of Michigan signed a record 173 license and option agreements with companies seeking to commercialize the discoveries of university researchers in the past fiscal year.
September consumer confidence: Consumer expectations remain positive
ANN ARBOR?Consumers became a bit more optimistic about prospects for the economy as well as their own personal finances in September, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.
Business/Economics - Sport Sciences
U-M launches exercise and sport science initiative
ANN ARBOR'The University of Michigan today launched the Exercise & Sport Science Initiative, a new research program that draws on experts from a wide range of faculty and students across campus,
Medicine/Pharmacology - Environment/Sustainable Development
$4.8M NIH grant addresses environmental influences on child health
ANN ARBOR'The University of Michigan is part of a new research initiative to investigate how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development'from conception through early childhood-influences the health of children and adolescents. A $4.8 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health was awarded to Michigan State University with collaborators from U-M, Wayne State University, Henry Ford Health System and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
U-M Clements Library acquires rare, previously unknown hand-drawn map of Detroit
U-M Clements Library acquires rare, previously unknown hand-drawn map of Detroit
ANN ARBOR'A recently discovered primary-source document providing new information about Detroit's early history is now part of the University of Michigan's WilliamL.
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
Thumb-area teachers to help U-M scientists dig mastodon bones
ANN ARBOR'Ten Thumb-area teachers will help University of Michigan paleontologists unearth the remains of an 11,000- to 13,000-year-old mastodon next month in Tuscola County, Mich.
Compared with Europe, American teens have high rates of illicit drug use
ANN ARBOR?American youths in 10th grade have a high illicit drug use compared to their European counterparts, but have among the lowest rates of drinking and smoking, according to a new study.
Literature/Linguistics - Careers/Employment
Former Congressman David Camp donates papers to U-M Bentley Historical Library
Former Congressman David Camp donates papers to U-M Bentley Historical Library
ANN ARBOR'Dave Camp, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 2015, has donated the collected materials from his 24 years in office to the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library.
Federal automated vehicle guidelines: U-Michigan statement
ANN ARBOR'The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today its Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, intended to facilitate the responsible introduction of automated vehicles to make transportation safer, cleaner, more accessible and more efficient.
Arts and Design
U-M orchestra to perform new critical editions of Gershwin masterpieces
U-M orchestra to perform new critical editions of Gershwin masterpieces
ANN ARBOR'The University Symphony Orchestra at the University of Michigan will perform two George Gershwin masterpieces?"An American in Paris" (1928) and "Concerto in F" (1925)?in new critical editions that reveal, for the first time in decades, the composer's original intent for the works.
Earth Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
Mercury contamination prevalent in western North America
Mercury contamination prevalent in western North America
ANN ARBOR?Mercury contamination is widespread across western North America in the air, soil, lake sediments, plants, fish and wildlife, according to an international research team that included a University of Michigan biologist.
Pregnant women, new moms needed for study on returning to running after childbirth
ANN ARBOR?University of Michigan researchers will look at childbirth as an athletic event in order to develop guidelines for women who want to start running again after having a child. "During childbirth, there are injuries to the body that are like any other athletic trauma, but we don't treat them that way," said avid runner Jessica Deneweth, assistant research scientist and director of the Michigan Performance Research Laboratory.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
Revving the microbial engine: Horsepower versus fuel efficiency in bacterial genomes
Revving the microbial engine: Horsepower versus fuel efficiency in bacterial genomes
ANN ARBOR?Microbes that can reproduce rapidly in times of plenty have an evolutionary stockpile of extra genes that allows them to quickly respond to changing conditions such as oil spills or outbreaks of intestinal diseases.
Computer Science/Telecom - Medicine/Pharmacology
U-M, Yottabyte partner to accelerate data-intensive research
ANN ARBOR'A strategic partnership between the University of Michigan and software company Yottabyte promises to unleash a new wave of data-intensive research by providing a flexible computing cloud for complex computational analyses of sensitive and restricted data. The Yottabyte Research Cloud will provide scientists high-performance, secure and flexible computing environments that enable the analysis of sensitive data sets restricted by federal privacy laws, proprietary access agreements or confidentiality requirements.
Environment/Sustainable Development
Vehicle fuel economy fell during August
ANN ARBOR'Gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. last dropped slightly, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
Computer Science/Telecom - Physics/Materials Science
Detecting and correcting factory faults, cyberattacks in real time
ANN ARBOR?Spotting a glitch on the factory floor in real time'and reconfiguring around it'are the goals of a new $4 million project led by University of Michigan engineering researchers.
Good first impression of teachers matter less than lesson quality
ANN ARBOR'Good instructors, have no fear: you can make up for a bad first impression. A new University of Michigan study shows that while our first impressions of educators might affect our ratings of them, ultimately the quality of their instruction matters the most in student evaluations.
Politics - Administration/Government
Q&A: Former ambassador discusses Brazil impeachment vote
ANN ARBOR?Brazil is enduring its deepest political crisis in decades, with President Dilma Rousseff facing an impeachment vote today.
Vaping: U.S. teens lured by flavors, not nicotine
ANN ARBOR?Whether their preference is Belgian waffle, kettle corn, sweet tea or endless other choices, it's the flavor'not the nicotine'that entices U.S. teens to vape, a new University of Michigan study indicated. Vaping prevalence among youth has grown exponentially in recent years, but what substances youth vape is largely unknown.
Consumer confidence in holding pattern in August
ANN ARBOR?Consumers were a bit less optimistic in August than one month or even one year ago, although consumer confidence remains at a reasonably high level, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.
Environment/Sustainable Development
Biofuels increase, rather than decrease, heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions
ANN ARBOR'A new study from University of Michigan researchers challenges the widely held assumption that biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel are inherently carbon neutral. Contrary to popular belief, the heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas emitted when biofuels are burned is not fully balanced by the CO2 uptake that occurs as the plants grow, according to a study by research professor John DeCicco and co-authors at the U-M Energy Institute.
Careers/Employment - Business/Economics
U-M startup Fusion Coolant raises $1.25 million
ANN ARBOR?Fusion Coolant Systems, a University of Michigan spinout based in Canton, announced it has raised $1.25 million in its first close of Series B funding.
Social Sciences
U-M study: Some black men face discrimination on a weekly basis
ANN ARBOR?Others being afraid of you as you walk by. Shopping in a store and being followed by an employee.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
Biological invasions threaten biodiversity, economy in developing countries
ANN ARBOR?Invasions from alien plants, animals and pathogens threaten the economies and livelihoods of residents in some of the world's poorest nations, according to a new study by an international research team including a University of Michigan biologist. One-sixth of the global land surface is highly vulnerable to invasion, including substantial areas in developing countries and biodiversity hotspots, according to a study published online Aug.
Careers/Employment - Business/Economics
Driverless vehicle startups move into U-M incubator
ANN ARBOR'Three high-potential companies from the West Coast?Zendrive, PolySync and Civil Maps'will join TechLab at Mcity this fall, moving resources to develop their driverless vehicle technologies in Ann Arbor.
Social Sciences
Assisted housing segregation may reduce children’s chances for upward mobility
ANN ARBOR?Children might find it particularly difficult to escape poverty if they live someplace where government-assisted housing is segregated across neighborhoods.
Careers/Employment - Environment/Sustainable Development
Co-working spaces: Where everyone knows your name
ANN ARBOR'We often envy the remote or freelance worker who saves time commuting and dressing up, but rarely do we consider how many might feel isolated and socially adrift.
Event - Medicine/Pharmacology
Female scientists to sample plastics in all five Great Lakes
ANN ARBOR?Female scientists from the U.S. and Canada will set sail Aug. 20 on all five Great Lakes and connecting waterways to sample plastic debris pollution and to raise public awareness about the issue.
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics - Medicine/Pharmacology
Motorized prosthetics improves lives of amputees
ANN ARBOR'When asked about her chosen field, Deanna Gates, director of the Rehabilitation Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Michigan, always joked that she wanted to make Luke Skywalker's hand.
Toyota Research Institute partners with U-M to accelerate artificial intelligence research
$22 million investment to begin research collaborations focused on autonomous vehicles and advanced robotics projects ANN ARBOR?Research focused on artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous dr
Medicine/Pharmacology - Psychology
Smoking greatly reduces life expectancy for those with serious mental illness
ANN ARBOR?Smokers with serious mental illness have their lives cut short by about 15 years, compared with people who have never smoked and who do not have serious mental illness, research from the University of Michigan shows.
Environment/Sustainable Development
Vehicle fuel economy rose last month
ANN ARBOR'Gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. during July ticked upward, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
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