Boosting economic mobility. Stamping out disease. Protecting the Great Lakes. U-M creates impact far beyond the classroom, dispatching knowledge and expertise statewide that touches nearly every aspect of our lives. Check out these scenes of our work around the Mitten.
Active. Experiential. Engaged. See how U-M students and faculty are transforming education as part of the University’s Third Century Initiative. In an assessment issued in June, U-M leaders reported that the initiative resulted in an institutionalization of engaged learning ideals, an extremely high percentage of students reporting the experiences at graduation, and a faculty more confident overall in using this approach to teaching. The $50 million initiative to transform teaching and scholarship at the University funded many current courses, programs, and projects.
Nicole Ver Kuilen, BBA ’13, ran, biked, and swam 1,500 miles down the West coast to raise awareness for Forrest Stump, the nonprofit she founded to champion the rights of disabled people. “I’ve placed limits on myself,” says the athlete, who lost her leg to bone cancer when she was 10. “After this trip I realized: ‘No limits.’” The documentary about her journey, titled 1500 Miles, is in post-production. Support the film. (Photos courtesy of Nicole Ver Kuilen.)
Sometimes it takes the eye of a skilled artist to remind us that campus offers a trove of visual delights. These images by student photographers were submitted to the Arts at Michigan's "As I See It" photo competition.
The Detroit Observatory, U-M's second-oldest campus building and the state's first observatory, is getting an upgrade. The $10-million project will deliver improved accessibility and greater connectivity, as well as new teaching and reception areas and facilities for storage and catering. The Detroit Observatory opened in 1854.
Walking among the sparkling new buildings on campus one may stumble upon crumbling columns, stones, and shards of days gone by. These curiosities are everywhere to be found -- sometimes set into the facades of newer buildings, sometimes within a building's hallway. Like the ruins of an ancient civilization, some are even set inside vine-covered gardens, adding a sense of romance and nostalgia to the campus. The photographs and text here are by Michael Luongo. Visit U-M's Public Art website for more details and information.
"Every paleontologist knows all things must adapt and evolve or face extinction," writes Dr. Ron Tykoski, BS '95, in a sentimental tribute to the U-M Museum of Natural History, which closed its doors to the public on Dec. 31, 2017. But don't panic. Its new home, the Biological Sciences Building, opens for classes in 2018; the museum will open in stages the following year. And if the memories of the original UMMNH below tell us anything, the new museum is sure to inspire a passion for science in U-M's third century. These images and edited captions were sourced from Museum Memories. Submit your own memories and photos there, and see the UMMNH video "Time to Evolve."
Weight: 14,000 pounds. Height: 25 feet. 3 Cubes in a Seven Axis Relationship is a newly installed ‘kinetic sculpture’ twisting and turning in front of the G. G. Brown Building on North Campus. (Images: Joseph Xu. Text: Angela Wegrecki.)
Open the Michigan Daily's digital archive and embark on a journey through time. Not only will you take a deep dive into the life story of the University, but you'll get a vision of the action unfolding around town. Print ads for restaurants, clothing stores, booksellers, and more reveal Ann Arbor's unique character through type, art, and language. All images courtesy of the Michigan Daily digital archive via U-M's Bentley Historical Library.
Roger Hart, director of Michigan Photography, recently accompanied a group of students and professors from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance on a musical odyssey to Cuba. While he spent most of the week focusing on the students as they explored the rich Cuban culture, he did have a few moments to turn his cameras on some of the more colorful sights in the island nation. Enjoy! (All images and text by Roger Hart.)
ICYMI: A multimedia extravaganza of maize and blue lit up Hill Auditorium April 8 as passionate Wolverines gathered for U-M’s Bicentennial Spring Festival. And while these pictures paint a thousand words, here's a video of the entire program. Hail! (Images: Michigan Photography.)
Those treks across the Diag each February are grueling for most humans at U-M. But for the campus squirrel, Ann Arbor is indeed a wonderland. And photographer Corey Seeman, director of Kresge Library Services at Michigan Ross, has the pics to prove it. The captions that accompany these images of Seeman's squirrels come from comments alumni submitted in response to a May 2015 Michigan Today story about our community's long-running fascination with the campus creature, titled "Just nuts."
In 1977, the late conductor and music professor Gustav Meier debuted a novel performance concept featuring all periods and styles of music in which the last note of each work overlapped with the first note of the next. Collage is now a cherished tradition at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD). The images below are culled from several past performances.
You watched as U-M paleontologists excavated the bones of the prehistoric Bristle Mammoth from a farm near Chelsea, Mich. Now step into the lab to see how scientists are putting the giant pieces back together. The remains of the ice age mammoth are on exhibit through Jan. 15, 2017, at U-M's Museum of Natural History. Read more. (Images by Michigan Photography.)
NASCAR fans at the Pure Michigan 400 race weekend Aug. 26-28 saw the debut of #88, the U-M-branded Axalta Chevrolet SS. The race car represents a multi-year research and recruiting partnership between the University and Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings. U-M’s Business Engagement Center (BEC) facilitated the partnership. (Images: Austin Thomason, Michigan Photography. Text: Amanda Holdsworth, BEC.)
It’s hard to imagine a more breathtaking classroom than Michigan’s northern Great Lakes region. The U-M Biological Station (UMBS) immerses students in our state’s natural ecosystems, addressing challenges no lab can replicate. (Text and images provided by UMBS program manager Alicia Farmer.)
“Whatever the mind … can conceive and believe,” said Napoleon Hill, “it can achieve.” Below is a sampling of some of the bold new ventures emerging from the creative minds at U-M in 2015-16. Visit Innovate Blue to learn more about the range of entrepreneurial activity at Michigan.
The Bentley Historical Library’s Image Bank just expanded its online database by more than 17,000 new (actually, old) photos. This digital treasure trove includes vintage shots from Michigan Athletics, The Michiganensian, student photo albums, and more. Most downloads are free. Some images may have copyright restrictions. Enjoy this visual trip through U-M history -- just in time for the University's Bicentennial in 2017. (Text by Lara Zielin.)
No matter the place Michigan alumni choose to live after graduation, a piece of their hearts always remains in Ann Arbor. We hope this photographic trip through town sparks happy memories! All of the photos here come from the talented crew at Michigan Photography.
Get a rare behind-the-scenes look inside the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology as a team installs the largest exhibit in the museum’s history. See spectacular artifacts unearthed near Pompeii, from the time of Julius Caesar (around 50 BC) to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius (AD 79). The special exhibition runs now through May 15. It occupies about 2,500 square feet, and includes some 250 objects.
Students enjoy somewhat unprecedented access to Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Tribe rituals, customs, and celebrations in an immersive course that takes them to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Read the full story at Michigan's World Class. Watch a video. (Text by Laurel Thomas-Gnagey.)
This new book by a pair of Michigan grads captures the might and majesty of the victors valiant during five landmark seasons: 1925, 1947, 1969, 1997, and 2011. Mike Rosenbaum authored the book's text, and wrote the captions here. Michigan Today writer Alan Glenn is president of the Michigan History Project, which produced this photographic history. Former Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson wrote the book's foreword.
Ann Arbor is idyllic in many respects, but don’t let its serene façade fool you — especially this time of year. To get creeped out by campus history, look no further than this slideshow from the Bentley Historical Library. (Text by Lara Zielin and Rob Havey)
U-M researchers in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, including doctoral student Leslie Decker (pictured here), are studying the impacts of elevated carbon dioxide levels on the health of future monarch populations. Read more or watch a video about the work. (Text by Jim Erickson.)
Sit back and enjoy the ride through Mcity, the world's first controlled environment to test connected and automated vehicle technologies. The site, located at U-M's North Campus, officially opened in mid-July. Read more.
Nothing lasts forever, as evidenced by the recent razing of North Hall and its neighbor, the Museums Annex. Mark O'Brien, of U-M's Museum of Zoology, took one last tour inside the Annex, capturing these poignant images of the fragments left behind. Collectors interested in an original print can contact O'Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ann Arbor in the spring is a glorious place. There are countless ways to celebrate the season, as these graduates, guitar players, and jugglers can attest. (The images here come from the talented team at Michigan Photography.)
For 15 years director Kate Mendeloff has been delighting Shakespeare fans amid the flora and fauna of the Nichols Arborteum at U-M. This year Shakespeare lovers can stroll through Shakespeare's Garden in the Matthaei Botanical Gardens' conservatory. This tribute to the Bard's affinity for nature runs through May 4 and promotes Shakespeare in the Arb, which bows June 4. (Photos provided by Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, unless otherwise noted.)
From prosthetic feet to phantom lungs, U-M scientists, scholars, and students collaborate in institutes, centers, libraries, and labs to redefine research and change our world. Research at Michigan is conducted in all 19 schools and colleges on the Ann Arbor campus, as well as at the U-M Flint and U-M Dearborn campuses.
Corpses on campus. Coeds in costumes. The signature of an infamous alumni killer. Just in time for Halloween, Michigan Today brings the creepy, spooky, and unusual to light in this photo slideshow from the archives of the Bentley Historical Library. (Text by Lara Zielin.)
College football's oldest trophy rivalry began in 1903, when the University of Michigan Wolverines discarded an empty water jug in the visitors' locker room after a brutal battle with the University of Minnesota Gophers. That game ended in a 6-6 tie, which Minnesota considered a hard-won victory. Minnesota's athletic director Dr. Louis J. "Doc" Cooke fashioned the jug into a rough-hewn trophy, and the rest, as they say, is history. The Little Brown Jug: The Michigan-Minnesota Rivalry (Arcadia Publishing) by Ken Magee and Jon M. Stevens, is a new book that celebrates the myths, mysteries, and mania that have captivated college football fans for more than a century. "It's more than a football game. It's more than a rivalry. It's history," says Stevens.
Read an interview with the authors. (The images and captions here are reprinted with permission from the publisher.)
A poignant scene draws to a close at U-M's Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum as an 80-year-old American agave blooms for the first -- and last -- time in its majestic life. This American agave arrived at U-M in 1934, the same year a University task force declared the arboretum would "become a haven of quiet one hundred years from now when our rich native flora will have become a thing of the past in most places." (Images courtesy of Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum unless otherwise noted.)
The Nickels Arcade has beckoned to Michigan students, strollers, and shoppers for nearly a century. At its birth in 1915, it was the latest thing in retail — a collection of small shops offering premium goods to well-heeled customers. (Text by James Tobin.)
The David V. Tinder Collection of Michigan Photography, housed at the William L. Clements Library, offers virtually every photographic format used in the 19th and early 20th centuries: daguerreotypes, tintypes, stereographs, and more. The captions that accompany these select images were sourced from Tinder’s Directory of Early Michigan Photographers.Read more about this fascinating collection.
As the academic year winds down Michigan Today celebrates some of the student-athletes who delivered so much excitement to sports fans, captured in action by the team at Michigan Photography. Congrats to all of our Wolverines!
What's it like to be an eyewitness to history? Ask Jay Cassidy. As a photographer for the Michigan Daily from 1967-70 he was often no more than a brick's throw away from the action during the most tumultuous three-year period in recent American history. Cassidy now lives in Los Angeles and is an award-winning film editor who has worked on such motion pictures as "An Inconvenient Truth," "Into the Wild," and most recently, "American Hustle."
What can a trek up the world's tallest peaks reveal about leading an organization? Just ask leadership expert and mountaineer Scott DeRue, management professor at the Ross School of Business. DeRue began climbing in 2007 and has summited Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest, among others. In September he will direct the Ross School's executive education course Advanced Leadership in Action: Kilimanjaro. The seven-day trek will take participants from the depths of the African rain forest to the heights of this majestic peak. After summiting Everest in 2013, DeRue linked lessons learned on the mountain to teambuilding and leadership at work. He shares those thoughts in the captions below.
Where others see vacant and abandoned buildings, Detroit-based architect/U-M professor Christian Unverzagt sees promise and potential. As design director of M1/DTW, a multidisciplinary firm fusing design and cultural production, Unverzagt is carving a niche in the area of adaptive reuse – that is, recasting and transforming existing spaces. These days, clientele is trending increasingly toward local entrepreneurs – those seeking a creative space in Detroit to launch a new venture or expand an existing business. It’s a mindset Unverzagt readily embraces.
It would be no surprise to find scholars at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance whistling “Nice Work If You Can Get It” these days. One of the many sparkling songs written by George and Ira Gershwin, it is emblematic of the clever lyrics and catchy tunes penned by the legendary songwriting brothers whose body of work is now undergoing the most extensive scholarly review in history by SMTD students and faculty. Nice work indeed! Enjoy these classic images of George and Ira Gershwin.
Professor David Sherman explores biochemical pathways of marine microorganisms with the goal of finding new drug candidates to treat infectious diseases and cancers. To collect the samples he needs for his work, he often trades his lab coat for a wet suit and travels to exotic locations rich in biodiversity resources. Sherman is a faculty member in the Life Sciences Institute (LSI). He also is the Hans W. Vahlteich Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and associate dean for research and graduate education in the College of Pharmacy. (Text by Laura Williams.)