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Prof. Mehlhorn named fellow of the American Nuclear Society

By | June 9, 2020

Professor Mehlhorn was recognized for his research in plasma physics. Tom Mehlhorn, U-M Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences (NERS) adjunct professor, has been named a fellow of the American Nuclear Society (ANS). Mehlhorn was recognized by the ANS for “For scientific leadership in developing predictive simulation tools, discriminating diagnostics, and validation experiments, leading to major advances in the generation and application… Read More »

Nursing alumni build nationwide network to bring face shields to the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic

By | June 9, 2020

Nurses have built a national network of volunteers that has helped deliver more than 10,000 face shields to frontline health care workers, first responders, and other essential personnel throughout Michigan and across the United States. “Operation Face Shield” is centered on the idea of using 3-D printers to address the nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment.

First measurement of electron energy distributions

By | June 9, 2020

The new tool could enable the design of more efficient sustainable energy and chemistry technologies. Researchers from University of Michigan, Purdue University, and the University of Liverpool has figured out a way to measure how many “hot charge carriers” are present in a metal nanostructure. This is critical for efficient energy conversion. The team believes that others can… Read More »

New app calculates risk of delaying cancer care during pandemic

By | June 3, 2020

A new app, OncCOVID, has been developed by data scientists and cancer doctors from the U-M Rogel Cancer Center and the U-M School of Public Health.  The free app compares the long-term risks of delaying care for cancer patients to the additional risk of potential COVID-19 infection if they undergo surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation immediately.  With healthcare systems… Read More »

Pendse: ‘Technology-enabled instruction will never replace the residential experience’

By | June 2, 2020

The Michigan Daily interviewed Ravi Pendse, vice president of IT and chief information officer, on May 22 to discuss remote learning, online safety, and mental health amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  “Within a matter of a few days, we literally held hundreds of Canvas and all other technology training sessions so that our faculty members and students who needed… Read More »

Michael Hess honored for technical support of research at U-M

By | June 2, 2020

Michael Hess, adjunct lecturer and alumnus, has received the Research Technical Staff Recognition Award for his efforts in supporting and strengthening U-M’s research enterprises. The award recognizes staff members who have advanced their unit’s research mission in a way that exceeds ordinary fulfillment of their duties.  For more than 15 years, Hess has supported U-M faculty and research.… Read More »

Instructors mail robot parts, develop video project admit sudden online semester

By | June 2, 2020

As courses quickly transitioned to online formats in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, instructors had to create new plans for the remaining weeks of their semester overnight. Some classes were more easily adjusted than others, but even those that presented unique challenges were overcome by creative solutions, like mail-delivered robot parts.   In their EECS 373 course, Prof.… Read More »

#MichMedGrad campaign to celebrate graduating house officers

By | June 2, 2020

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has halted in-person gatherings, the graduation of Michigan Medicine’s house officers will be celebrated virtually with the #MichMedGrad campaign.  Family, friends, and colleagues are invited to add the #MichMedGrad hashtag to tweets and Instagram posts offering their congratulations and advice to graduating house officers. These messages will be featured on, where messages and… Read More »

A virtual journey exploring Pride

By | June 1, 2020

Beginning in the U.S. in the late ’60s and early ’70s, Pride was a radical claiming of space, self-affirmation, and dignity for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) communities. Over the past several decades, this phenomenon has begun to have a meaningful impact on society on a global scale. More specifically, in North America, Pride goes beyond a… Read More »

Web app, dashboard from U-M to inform Michiganders’ return to work

By | June 1, 2020

The web tools will help state officials identify potential hotspots as they reopen Michigan to business. University of Michigan faculty, staff, alumni, and students have developed online tools designed to help local and state officials reopen the economy safely and gradually while allowing them to quickly identify and respond to potential coronavirus hot spots and outbreaks. The tools… Read More »

ADA Center holds 2020 symposium, highlighting new research into computer design

By | May 26, 2020

The symposium highlighted new developments in computer architecture, and included a session on how the center’s research can contribute to limiting the impact of pandemics. Computer architects, VLSI researchers, and compiler experts affiliated with the Applications Driving Architectures (ADA) Center gathered for the center’s annual symposium from May 18 to May 21, 2020. Because of the coronavirus outbreak,… Read More »

UROP adapts research projects to remote experience

By | May 26, 2020

A model program at the University of Michigan that allows first- and second-year undergraduates to participate directly in research was disrupted by the COVID-19 crisis.  While leaders of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) moved quickly to help many students transition to online experiences to finish the academic year, not everyone could continue their projects. But as the… Read More »

MiXR Studios: Podcasts About XR at U-M

By | May 26, 2020

The Center for Academic Innovation (CAI) is excited to launch a new podcast, MiXR Studios, about the world of Extended Reality (XR) within the University of Michigan and beyond. Hosted by Jeremy Nelson, director of the XR Initiative at U-M, this podcast explores the work of faculty, students, and staff at U-M that are building, teaching, and researching XR… Read More »

$5.2M for digital twins of nuclear reactors could bring down nuclear energy costs

By | May 26, 2020

Safe and more affordable nuclear energy is the goal of a new project led by the University of Michigan, bringing together researchers who specialize in nuclear energy technology and computer science. The study, which will develop AI-enhanced “digital twins” of nuclear reactors, is funded with a three-year, $5.2 million grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy. The project… Read More »

LSA Technology Services Jaron Fox wins HDI Motown’s Best Service and Support Analyst

By | May 26, 2020

The Help Desk Institute (HDI) is an organization designed to support IT-focused service centers on industry standards, best practices, and service-oriented education. This award recognizes tier 1 support staff on: being well-rounded in technical aptitude, team orientation, customer service skills, and people skills having a positive attitude and enthusiasm being committed to sharing their knowledge and problem-solving techniques… Read More »

Research on human biases in AI learning earns best student paper award

By | May 26, 2020

The project demonstrated that a certain bias in humans who train intelligent agents significantly reduced the effectiveness of the training. A team of researchers working to more effectively train autonomous agents earned the Pragnesh Jay Modi – Best Student Paper at the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS 2020). Led by second-year Ph.D. student Divya… Read More »

Not on stage, but instead on screens, U-M medical students graduate virtually

By | May 26, 2020

It is a rite of passage into their profession, but for 173 U-M medical students, this year’s commencement ceremony was different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of convening at Hill Auditorium to receive their diplomas and officially become doctors, members of the graduating Class of 2020 gathered with loved ones around their mobile phones, monitors, laptops and… Read More »

Chemical Engineering graduate recruitment goes virtual

By | May 26, 2020

Participants in this year’s prospective graduate student recruitment visit experienced Michigan Chemical Engineering from an entirely new vantage point–online. The 2020 recruitment team developed two parallel plans as they monitored the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in Michigan and beyond. One version of the recruitment visit closely resembled its predecessors, while the other repackaged the traditional in-person event… Read More »

Special COVID-19 Propelling Original Data Science (PODS) grants

By | May 18, 2020

Last week, the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) announced the awardees of its COVID-19 data science grants. Seven interdisciplinary teams, chosen from 49 submissions, received funding for COVID-19 research. With data science methods at the core, these teams combat the pandemic in varied and creative ways, including better clinical decisions for in-patients, strategies to improve testing, data-driven guidance… Read More »

Faster than COVID-19: computer model predicts disease’s next move

By | May 15, 2020

M-CURES, a computational model now in development, could help hospitals anticipate fast-changing patient needs while keeping care providers safe. Developed by a team of researchers at the College of Engineering, Precision Health, and Michigan Medicine, the model uses a machine learning algorithm to crunch more than 200 health and demographic variables of individual COVID-19 patients. The model then… Read More »