Education & Society

  1. Thurnau Professor behind weather data tools wins U-M innovation award

    Perry Samson, professor of climate and space sciences and engineering, has pioneered a series of learning and weather-related tools and technologies, and has launched companies around them that serve millions.

  2. First-responder robots could team with wildfire fighters

    A three-year project funded by a $1 million grant aims to equip bipedal walking robots with the technology to trek in areas that are too dangerous for humans, including collapsed buildings and other disaster areas.

  3. U-M brings after-school music, art, coding to Detroit

    Composer Sam Saunders, BA ’16, founded the student-run Seven Mile organization in 2013 to provide after-school music programs and summer camps to kids in Detroit. The nonprofit now offers arts and tech instruction to offset cuts in Detroit Public Schools.

  4. More American parents of teens are purchasing firearms during the pandemic

    A national survey of primary caretakers of teenagers found 10% of all households with high school-age teens reported buying a firearm in the early months of the pandemic. One in seven of the households that purchased a gun also had a teen with depression, researchers found.

  5. What does the future hold for telehealth? New report gives hints

    Data from use of virtual visits with health providers show disparities in access, use, and attitudes before and during the pandemic.

  6. A game-changer for mental health: Sports icons open up

    By being open about what they were experiencing, and not “toughing it out” or stifling their feelings like generations of athletes have had to do, Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka, and others did more than spare themselves injury or defeat.

  7. ‘We have so much to explain’

    There’s a reason so many American classics spring from the fertile literary terrain of Mississippi, says author and Ole Miss professor W. Ralph Eubanks, MA ’79. The trauma that informs its beauty ‘holds up a mirror to the rest of America,’ he says.

  8. Protests in Cuba: The beginning of a new revolution?

    U-M sociologist Silvia Pedraza says Cuban unrest is the result of a perfect storm that includes the coronavirus pandemic, the lack of a charismatic leader, the deep financial crisis unleashed by changes in the currency, and greater access to the internet in recent years.

  9. U-M overhauls its approach to addressing sexual misconduct

    A new multidisciplinary unit — the Equity, Civil Rights and Title IX Office — will house many of the critical functions around equity and civil rights work, including Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other forms of discrimination.