1. Supermileage Team Aims to Mow Down the Competition

    Video: Can a car really get 3,300 miles to the gallon? The University of Michigan’s Supermileage Team is on its way to proving it can—with a lawnmower engine. “Fuel efficiency is one of those issues prevalent in society today,” says chief engineer and team co-founder Brett Merkel. “[This technology] can have far-reaching effects and be implemented in just a few years.”

  2. U-M to offer free online courses in groundbreaking initiative

    University of Michigan professors will offer free online courses on such diverse topics as finance, electronic voting, computer vision, and fantasy and science fiction using a new web-based platform called Coursera.

  3. A wakeup call for manufacturing

    How the U.S. shapes education policy, worker training, the tax code, and the regulatory environment will determine whether a recent uptick in domestic manufacturing will continue or spiral into permanent decline, say business professors Wally Hopp and Roman Kapuscinski, co-authors of the Booz study “Manufacturing’s Wakeup Call.”

  4. Coaches in the classroom: Applying sports leadership to business

    From the football field and basketball court to the corporate boardroom and executive suite, a new University of Michigan executive education program will teach business leadership through lessons learned in U-M sports.

  5. Firms' own social networks better for business than Facebook

    While the major share of media attention has focused on third-party online social networks such as Facebook, many companies have made the choice to build their own social networks. It’s well worth the investment, say U-M researchers, who find that such networks increase profits and loyalty not only online but in brick-and-mortar stores as well.

  6. U-M to invest in its own startup businesses

    The university could inject up to $25 million during the next decade into select venture-funded U-M startups—new companies built around inventions born in faculty members’ labs.

  7. Will 7 billion people create a crisis?

    World population is expected to pass seven billion this year. Can the earth handle it? U-M economist David Lam looks at the successes of the last 50 years and the trends for the future—and comes away optimistic.

  8. Michigan needs to keep higher ed a top priority

    U-M president Mary Sue Coleman explains how the university is responding to state budget crisis with hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts.

    Plus: U-M focuses on quality, affordability, cost control with historic reduction in state funds

  9. Downward spiral

    The economic damage of auto job losses is much worse than previously measured, says a U-M study. A Q-and-A on the layoff ripple effect.