In 1943 the world was on fire. The campus, too, burned with change — while a little booklet taught students the genteel manners of courtship.
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Talking about science
Our tax dollars fund much of the medical research in this country. Should we require that research to focus exclusively on finding life - saving drugs?
The golden age of 1960s and early '70s cinema launched an era of bloody, cynical, and nihilistic moviemaking that's still with us today.
Faculty at Work
Classics Professor David Potter teaches students about sports in ancient Rome, and how to think like a historian.
The world's fastest, most agile and powerful aircraft look puny compared to the abilities of hummingbirds and pigeons. U-M researchers are unlocking the deepest secrets of flight.
Spouses who hold in their anger, rather than expressing it, are at a higher risk of dying early. "When couples get together, one of their main jobs is reconciliation about conflict," says U-M's Ernest Harburg. Fighting it out — in a productive way that leads to resolution and reconciliation — can keep the marriage and spouses from putting their health at risk.
Audio: Researcher interview
Michelle Dresbold has helped convict killers, assess dangerous threats, and uncover the personalities of psychopaths, historical figures, and ordinary folks. She says she can find out all the important things about you just by scanning your signature. And she's built a career out of reading the hidden messages in handwriting.
Over time, people tend to feel more positive about their children and friends than about their spouses. But this trend toward negative feelings can be part of a larger marital context in which partners become more honest and forgiving with each other.
Audio: Researcher interview
Vehicle crashes are the single greatest threat to teenagers, yet crash numbers have not improved in 10-15 years. A U-M study recommends graduated licenses that limit the greatest risk factors — driving with teen passengers, and driving at night and on weekends — until the teens have more experience.
When NASA's latest planetary probe, MESSENGER, arrived at Mercury, it carried instruments built at U-M. The instrument, which measures the planet's magnetosphere, had to withstand the heat, radiation and pounding of a trip so close to the sun. (image: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington)
When trying to make an important decision, you probably listen to the opinions of others. But be careful. When just one person repeats a single opinion often enough, it can carry the same weight as several people's opinions. Repetition can also make that opinion seem more common than it actually is.
Over the past 14 years, Greg Ryan has coached some of the greatest soccer players ever, including Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach and Kristine Lilly. The former coach of the US Women's National Team has been named head coach of U-M's women's soccer.
What do rainforest ants have in common with avalanches and economics? They behave according to "self-organized criticality," a physics concept that explains how complexity arises in nature.
Two teams of University of Michigan researchers have tracked down the cells responsible for neurofibromatosis type 1, a disfiguring, incurable condition and one of the most common hereditary disorders.
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Looking for a new job? The University of Michigan and 23 other colleges have created a unified, online portal with 1,200 job postings—and more expected in the future. Find faculty positions, administrative jobs, clerical work and more as Michigan's colleges collaborate to foster a stronger economy.