1. Chemicals in common consumer products may play a role in pre-term births

    A group of common environmental contaminants called phthalates, which are present in many industrial and consumer products including everyday personal care items, may contribute to the country’s alarming rise in premature births.

  2. U.S. seniors 'smarter' than their English peers

    A study of nearly 14,000 U.S. and English seniors shows that 75-year-olds in the U.S. have memories as good, on average, as 65-year-olds in England.

  3. Students create portable device to detect suicide bombers

    Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are a major cause of soldier casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan. A group of U-M students won a contest against Ohio State University by developing a new way to detect IEDs—one that is more effective than any currently in use.

  4. U-M plans largest ever investment in financial aid

    Faced with the toughest economic times since the Great Depression, the University of Michigan Board of Regents voted to approve a general fund budget that calls for $118 million in centrally awarded financial aid, including an 11.7 percent increase in financial aid for undergraduates. The Regents also approved a 5.6 percent tuition increase. The investment in central need-based financial aid is the largest in U-M history.
    Related: Applications to U-M continue to reach historic numbers.

  5. Fossil of primate ancestor discovered

    U-M’s Philip Gingerich and Holly Smith are members of an international scientific team that recently announced discovery of a remarkably complete, well-preserved 47-million-year old fossil of an extinct early primate. The fossil is thought to represent an early member of the lineage that gave rise to monkeys, apes and humans.

  6. U-M performances celebrate a century of dancing at U-M

    Since the first “aesthetic dance” class, taught in 1909, the university has been a locus of dance instruction and a venue for visiting artists from Jose Limon to Martha Graham.