Education & Society
Should you get an over-the-counter hearing aid or see a hearing specialist?
Last month, the FDA announced hearing aids will soon be available for purchase over the counter for adults with “mild to moderate hearing loss.” U-M audiology expert weighs in.
U-M task force focused on abortion access as Nov. 8 approaches
Formed last spring, the task force seeks to understand and mitigate the impact of changes to reproductive health access on U-M clinical care, educational instruction, and student health in a post-Roe v. Wade environment pending the outcome of the 2022 election.
Survey examines election security, disinformation
Michigan township and city officials are more confident in their jurisdiction’s election security and ability to administer an accurate election than they were when asked a similar question in 2020, but disinformation continues to vex officials.
WHO director-general to receive Thomas Francis Jr. Medal
In 2005, then-President Mary Sue Coleman inaugurated the Francis medal to honor public health pioneers. It debuted on the 50th anniversary of the historic announcement that U-M’s polio vaccine trials proved Jonas Salk’s vaccine to be “safe, effective, and potent.”
Return of the creature feature … on TikTok
Charlie Engelman, BS ‘14, counts 1.6M followers at ‘oddanimalspecimens,’ his wildly entertaining take on the slimy and sublime. Fun facts abound at U-M’s research collections as Engelman tweezes and teaches his way around spiny lumpsuckers, blood-sucking sea lampreys, and more.
Calling Dr. Brilliant
When this seasoned epidemiologist launched his unconventional career in 1969, he fit the bill as the ‘hippie doctor’ with a penchant for Ram Dass and Wavy Gravy. Since then, this aptly named frontline worker has won public health victories over smallpox, blindness, Ebola, and COVID-19. Next? Monkeypox.
U-M supports Ukrainian scholars at risk
As academic research in Ukraine ceased due to the Russian invasion in February 2022, U-M created a 12-month fellowship that offers a life-saving and intellectual home to Ukrainian scholars. Research areas vary from human rights to cyber warfare.
U-M reports record $1.71B in annual research volume
Total research volume at the University increased by 8.4% in FY ’22, fueling innovations in global health, Great Lakes water quality, firearm violence, and driverless vehicle technologies. FY ’22 also marked a record high of $973M in federally sponsored research expenditures.
Engineering tough: Taking the F-150 electric
As chief nameplate engineer for the F-150 Lightning, Linda Zhang, BSE EE ’96/MSE CE ’98/MBA ’11, has impacted the design, development, and delivery of the electric vehicle, as well as the creation of its new manufacturing plant and Ford’s marketing campaign.