Research News

  1. 'Security guard' zinc is off-duty in diabetes

    New research at the University of Michigan suggests that in healthy cells, zinc acts like a security guard at a rock concert, whose job is keeping fans from turning troublesome and destructive. In molecular terms, zinc prevents a protein called amylin from forming harmful clumps similar to those found in degenerative diseases. But in the zinc-starved cellular environment of someone with type 2 diabetes, amylin has no watchful guard to rein it in.

  2. Sheri Fink's deep reporting

    She won a Pulitzer Prize for uncovering tragic events at a New Orleans hospital following Hurricane Katrina, but that was just one small part of a remarkable career.

  3. Are social democracies really better for health than right-wing dictatorships?: U-M study

    “These findings raise serious doubts about the belief that the type of political regime and the level of health care spending exert major influences on population health,” says U-M’s Jose A. Tapia Granados.

  4. Empathy: College students don't have as much as they used to

    “We found the biggest drop in empathy after the year 2000,” said U-M’s Sara Konrath. “College kids today are about 40 percent lower in empathy than their counterparts of 20 or 30 years ago, as measured by standard tests of this personality trait.”

  5. Walking robot navigates bumpy ground

    U-M engineering professor Jessy Grizzle and his students have built a robot that can successfully navigate uneven surfaces—a critical talent for robots to handle movement over most of the planet’s surface. Includes video.

  6. U-M report: Officials say federal stimulus package ineffective for local economies

    “When we talk to local officials across the state, we find that most of them feel that the stimulus has not helped improve their local economies so far, and is unlikely to help them in the future,” said U-M’s Brian Jacob.

  7. Four U-M projects recognized for major impact on American life

    The projects have been included in the National Science Foundation’s “Sensational 60” list of scientific discoveries or advances that have had a major impact on Americans. They include studies on elections and the economy as well as crucial medical advances.

  8. U-M part of new national Nuclear Energy Innovation Hub

    The University of Michigan has been named part of an energy hub using advanced capabilities of the world’s most powerful computers to make significant leaps forward in nuclear reactor design and engineering. U-M will receive up to $8.5 million for its work in the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL).

  9. Men are dying for sex, literally

    On average, women outlive men, and at any given age men have higher mortality rates. But why? U-M researcher Daniel Kruger’s new study shows that it’s the result of an evolutionary gambit: men often risk everything for the chance to reproduce.