Video: "Since I left Michigan, you've had three presidents, the first lady, and the head of the United Nations as your commencement speakers," said CNN medical correspondent and neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta, '90, MD '93, to the Class of 2012 at spring commencement. "That's not bad. But I have something none of them did. I am a true-blue Wolverine. I am one of you. And I am at home today in front of you. In your house. Your very, very Big House."
In the spirit of commencement season, Michigan Today reflects on one of the most significant commencement addresses in University history. In 1964 President Lyndon Baines Johnson introduced his vision of the "Great Society" to newly minted U-M graduates. Johnson was the first sitting president ever to speak at Michigan commencement.
Video: In the 1960s the title of hippest town in the Midwest most certainly belonged to Ann Arbor, home to a vibrant music scene and a host of hip clubs scattered about the city. Among the very hippest was a small converted print shop less than a block from campus. The sign on the wall read Canterbury House, and it welcomed everyone from Joni Mitchell and Neil Young to Buddy Guy and Commander Cody.
Spring has sprung in Ann Arbor and campus life takes on a new tenor as temperatures rise and attentions turn outward.
University of Michigan stem-cell line gets national registry go-ahead; new U-M research sheds light on science of addiction; parents play favorites when helping adult kids out; bedroom eyes make guys look sketchy; U-M doctor demonstrates deep-brain stimulation as Parkinson's treatment; "dead" galaxies live on; U-M research shows more babies being born addicted to prescription painkillers.
Video: 2011 went down as one of the four most deadly U.S. tornado seasons on record. Looking like an early contender for the top three, 2012 is already cutting a swath of destruction from Texas to Michigan. But there are ways to address the looming threat, as you'll discover in this multimedia experience presented by the crew in Michigan Engineering.
Video: Michigan Sea Grant researchers are constructing rock reefs to boost populations of lake sturgeon and other rare native fish. First stop: the St. Clair River delta northeast of Detroit. The goal is to promote "really robust, self-sustaining populations of lake sturgeon, whitefish, and walleye," says project leader Jennifer Read.
With Glick Field House, the Michigan Wolverines enjoy the most indoor practice space of any college or professional football team in the world.
Video: Can a car really get 3,300 miles to the gallon? The University of Michigan's Supermileage Team is on its way to proving it can—with a lawnmower engine. "Fuel efficiency is one of those issues prevalent in society today," says chief engineer and team co-founder Brett Merkel. "[This technology] can have far-reaching effects and be implemented in just a few years.”
Video: From Philip Glass to the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing artists and organizations regularly seek out the University of Michigan—its scholars and students—to glean inspiration while rehearsing within top-tier facilities. This spring, U-M theatre students brought to life the Russian play "Boris Godunov" alongside some of the most accomplished Shakespearean actors in the world.