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Introducing the 2020 Scholar Sprints!

By | January 17, 2020

Are you (or one of your colleagues) working on an instructional, research, or outreach project that would benefit from two intense days of collaboration with U-M Library specialists? Are you available to join us on May 7-8, 2020? If your answer is yes and yes, we invite you to apply to U-M Library’s 2020 Scholar Sprints. Scholar Sprints offer… Read More »

SoE launches online Advanced Education Technology Certificate Program

By | January 14, 2020

In January, the School of Education launched a new online certificate for working teachers and administrators across the globe. The Advanced Education Technology Certificate Program (AETP) is a fully web-based program developed specifically for P–12 educators who are working in a school. It is designed to support individual teachers and administrators, or entire districts, interested in professional development… Read More »

Older adults cautious about using online physician ratings

By | January 10, 2020

Online ratings can help with making decisions on everything from hotels to hair stylists. But online ratings of physicians? A new poll by the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation suggests they don’t yet hold as much sway with the Americans who use the most health care: people over age 50. In all, 43 percent of people between… Read More »

Extended Reality at Michigan Summit happens April 14

By | January 10, 2020

The first ever Extended Reality (XR) at Michigan Summit will take place on Tuesday, April 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will welcome speakers from all over the country to share their knowledge and insight around XR. Register for the event. The XR at Michigan Summit is organized by the U-M Center For Academic Innovation and expects to feature… Read More »

Voters fail mock election, exposing voting machine flaws

By | January 8, 2020

Many voters across the country will cast ballots this year on machines called ballot-marking devices (BMDs), which combine the convenience of touchscreen technology with an auditable paper trail. However, the system relies on voters to identify errors. That could be a problem according to a U-M report published in early January. According to the study, only 6.6% of… Read More »

HITS biospecimen management partners with Precision Health

By | January 7, 2020

Precision Health (PH) at U-M takes a multidisciplinary approach to prevention, implementation, and community health and is a key HITS collaborator. PH studies are tracked within LabVantage, a lab information management system that supports study protocols and designs, follows a chain of custody process for samples, and creates an audit trail. PH studies comprise 70,000 patients. Using data… Read More »

MiCME enables health providers to stay current

By | January 3, 2020

Beginning in 2016, and continuing with a major effort in 2018, the Office of Continuing Medical Education and Lifelong Learning (OCME&LL) worked with several groups within HITS to retire and replace the old system for tracking continuing medical education (CME). Known as eCat or Orange Card, the old system was replaced with a more streamlined, electronic service called… Read More »

Policies needed for online learners in 2020

By | December 19, 2019

Online learning plays a critical role for today’s students by offering greater flexibility to accommodate work schedules and, in many cases, creating more affordable pathways to credentials. However, concerns over quality and potential bad actors have inspired repeated attempts to regulate distance education in a manner that appropriately balances innovation with quality assurance and consumer protections. In a… Read More »

New MOOC in computational thinking now available

By | December 18, 2019

The Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery & Engineering and the Center for Academic Innovation have partnered to launch a massive open online course (MOOC) titled “Problem Solving using Computational Thinking.” The course uses real-world examples to focus on the larger systematic thinking needed to conceptualize a problem with the intent of eventually using computational tools to solve it. The course… Read More »

Say ‘hello’ to Gamut

By | December 17, 2019

Gamut, a new suite of online learning tools from Academic Innovation are available for immediate use by any U-M faculty or instructional staff. Each tool is a standalone web application that uses a technology called the Learning Tools Interoperability protocol, which allows them to easily integrate into any course on Canvas, Coursera, edX, or FutureLearn.  So far, the… Read More »

CoE’s Rada Mihalcea named Fellow of the ACM

By | December 17, 2019

Rada Mihalcea, professor of computer science and engineering, has been named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). This title is the organization’s most prestigious member grade, recognizing the top 1% of ACM members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology. Mihalcea is recognized for her outstanding research on natural language and multi-modal interaction… Read More »

Happy holidays from the Strategic Technology Advisory Committee!

By | December 16, 2019

The Strategic Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) is committed to creating a culture of collaboration for innovation and progress. Since its renaming and the adoption of a new charter last June, the committee has been busy! STAC has met with unit IT leadership and identified six top unit priorities: procurement services research computing and services storage options SPG 601.27… Read More »

Creating a place where kids of all abilities can play together

By | December 13, 2019

While adaptive sports provide opportunities for children with mobility disabilities to participate in athletic events, these games are not designed for competitive play between kids with disabilities and those without. iGYM, an augmented reality game system created by a team of U-M researchers, is looking to change that. The current implementation of the system resembles soccer — or… Read More »

BackPac helps encourage volunteerism among those who can’t put down the phone

By | December 6, 2019

Packy, a furry, fun mascot is the symbol of the BackPac app created by U-M students to encourage others, particularly their peers, to spend some time volunteering in the community—especially during the holidays when the needs are great.  “The number of volunteers has significantly gone down in the last decade,” said Gaurav Dhir, co-founder of BackPac and a… Read More »

Home for Dinner: HITS aims to reduce physician burnout

By | December 6, 2019

Last year, HITS instituted a program called Home for Dinner, to help physicians use MiChart more efficiently. Provider exhaustion is a significant issue across the medical community. While MiChart, the electronic health record (EHR) at Michigan Medicine, can enhance coordination and quality of care, it can also have unintended negative consequences. Michigan Medicine providers are spending significant time… Read More »

U-M online mapping tool tracks climate change impacts in Michigan

By | December 5, 2019

Many cities and residents in Michigan have already begun to feel the effects of climate change.  Such changes can damage the environment and public health.  Trish Koman, a research investigator for the School of Public Health, and her colleagues have developed the Michigan Environmental Project, an online mapping tool designed to track climate change impacts in Michigan.  The new… Read More »

U-M team competes in Amazon challenge to make AI more engaging

By | December 4, 2019

Artificial intelligence that can hold a “real” conversation has long been one of the sci-fi standards of future technology. Enter the Amazon Alexa Prize Socialbot Grand Challenge. Among the ten schools from around the world selected to compete is a team from U-M co-advised by assistant professor David Jurgens from the School of Information and assistant professor Nikola Banovic in… Read More »

Eating and Tweeting: What social media reveals about attitudes on food

By | November 29, 2019

An interdisciplinary group of U-M researchers turned to Twitter to see whether online discussions about food can help inform policy makers. They used community-based surveys to gather demographic and health-related behavior information that might help explain health status and disparities between groups, and whether there were differences between how groups of residents of a given region discussed food. Their… Read More »

How an AI solution can design new tuberculosis drug regimens

By | November 26, 2019

With a shortage of new tuberculosis drugs in the pipeline, a software tool from U-M can predict how current drugs can be combined in new ways to create more effective treatments. Dubbed INDIGO (INferring Drug Interactions using chemoGenomics and Orthology) the application can also identify the genes that control these drug responses. “This could replace our traditional trial-and-error… Read More »

Taking transistor arrays into the third dimension

By | November 21, 2019

Silicon integrated circuits, which are used in computer processors, are approaching the maximum feasible density of transistors on a single chip—at least, in two-dimensional arrays. Now, a team of engineers at U-M have stacked a second layer of transistors directly atop a state-of-the-art silicon chip. They propose that their design could remove the need for a second chip… Read More »