Office of the VP for Communications – Keeping alumni and friends connected to U-M

Innovation

  1. Virtual reality

    U-M nursing students are using imaginary worlds to save actual lives, immersing in urgent and realistic scenarios that transcend traditional health-care training.

  2. Peering into biological tissue

    A light-spinning device inspired by the Japanese art of paper cutting allows U-M researchers to scan the internal structures of plant and animal tissue without X-rays

  3. U-M to house most powerful laser in U.S.

    Funded with $16 million from the National Science Foundation, researchers will test a leading theory on how the universe operates at a subatomic level.

  4. Gene therapy targets mutation tied to blindness

    Advances yield alternative options for treating a rare, inherited retinal condition, giving new tools to specialists — and genuine hope to patients and families facing vision loss.

  5. Built by humans, ruled by computers

    As algorithmic decision-making becomes more powerful, researchers cite concerns that computers don’t always know — or do — what’s best for we humans.

  6. U-M launches carbon neutrality commission

    Administration seeks to reduce carbon emissions to levels that are environmentally sustainable — in a fiscally responsible manner and in keeping with the University’s mission.

  7. Automated sentries track internet censorship

    A team of U-M researchers has turned public internet servers worldwide into automated sentries that can monitor and report when access to websites is being blocked. 

  8. Growing local with Argus Farm Stop

    Ross alumni and agricultural entrepreneurs Kathy Sample and Bill Brinkerhoff cultivate a business plan that provides fresher food to consumers and higher profits to farmers.

  9. Here comes the sun

    Electricity-generating windows and high-temperature solar power are the aims of two new U-M projects with $1.6 million from the Dept. of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office.