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

Innovation

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Compostable diapers

    U-M startup Ecovia Renewables hopes to rid the planet’s landfills of disposable diapers; team is working with manufacturers to put a biodegradable material into product prototypes.

  8. U-M tool measures ‘iffy’ news

    U-M’s Center for Social Media Responsibility analyzes news on Facebook and Twitter, just in time for 2018 election.

  9. Emeritus professor wins Nobel Prize

    Gérard Mourou advanced ‘chirped pulse amplification,’ pushing the limits of optical science.