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

Innovation

  1. U-M shifts to saliva-based surveillance testing for COVID-19

    Changes include streamlined sign-up, more locations, 6K weekly capacity.

  2. Satellite clerk’s office at UMMA registers thousands to vote

    The satellite city clerk’s office registers about 150-200 students per day. As of Oct. 13, more than 2,600 students registered and more than 2,900 voted in person at UMMA or by returning their ballot to the museum’s drop box.

  3. U-M counts record startups, inventions in FY20

    The University’s ‘innovation ecosystem’ launched 31 startups this fiscal year, a 40-percent increase over FY19, despite a period that included the pandemic and temporarily shuttered labs.

  4. Ecology in the digital age

    As opportunities for fieldwork at U-M’s Biological Station were placed on hiatus due to coronavirus, BioStation faculty and students shifted focus and discovered new wonders much closer to home.

  5. Promising new test could advance Alzheimer’s treatment

    A new blood test may detect this harrowing disease before symptoms appear, which would offer an affordable alternative to the brain imaging and behavioral tests that often fail to identify Alzheimer’s in its earliest stages.

  6. Medical students drive development of new pandemic course

    Students will explore various aspects of pandemic response using COVID-19 as a case study, from the history of pandemics; disaster response from the federal down to the local and institutional levels; and health inequities, among other topics.

  7. Discovery may lead to better anti-obesity treatments

    Researchers have unveiled the precise shape of a key player in human metabolism, which could open the door to better treatments for obesity and other metabolic disorders.

  8. “It is now easier to hear Earth’s voice”

    Michigan Stadium seismometer captures eerie quiet since COVID-19 lockdowns and stay-at-home orders were issued in March.

  9. April 2020: Coronavirus and U-M

    Global community rallies to raise funds, PPE, & more. Plus: Campus roundup of news, research, and resources in U-M’s fight against COVID-19.