It’s all there in black & white

Photo bombing kid in a mask at play.

COVID-19 lockdown was not an option for producer/photographer Robin Fader, BA ’78. Based in Washington, D.C., she is one of three artists (along with colleagues in NYC and Boston) who spent a year documenting our fractured society for the book ‘2020 UNMASKED.’

  1. Male and female shopping strategies show evolution at work in the mall

    Male and female shopping styles are in our genes—and we can look to evolution for the reason. Daniel Kruger, research faculty at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, says it’s perfectly natural that men often can’t distinguish a sage sock from a beige sock or that sometimes women can’t tell if the shoe Read more

  2. Black holes are the rhythm at the heart of galaxies

    In remarkable new findings, researchers at U-M and other institutions have found that black holes expel energy in a gentle, rhythmic pattern that helps maintain a galaxy’s equilibrium. “Just like our hearts periodically pump our circulatory systems to keep us alive, black holes give galaxies a vital warm component,” says team scientist Alexis Finoguenov.

  3. 'Fish technology' draws renewable energy from slow water currents

    A U-M engineer has made a machine that works like a fish to turn slow-moving currents into clean, renewable power. The device could be far more effective than technologies that capture energy from ocean waves and tides, because most of the world’s currents are slow moving.

  4. J-Hop

    For almost 80 years, until 1960, J-Hop highlighted the U-M social calendar. The dance gathered the entire student body — and some controversy, like when the 1913 event included the Tango.

  5. The late, great 98

    Tom Harmon may have been the best college football player ever. His single-handed destruction of Ohio State is the stuff of gridiron legend. But his exploits as a pilot during World War Two made him a hero not just in a game, but in life.

  6. Hail Satan!

    When students come to the university, they face a new world that can shake up their whole way of life. Some fear that even their religious faith will be under siege. But surveys – and students themselves, like Lizzy Lovinger (right) – say that keeping the faith is both a challenge and a blessing.

When student becomes teacher

U-M students create impact far beyond the classroom, working with faculty to dispatch knowledge and expertise to schoolchildren, aspiring entrepreneurs, and community leaders seeking resources and support. This is Michigan.

  • Giving Music

    Detroit Youth Volume offers free and reduced-rate classical music training utilizing the Suzuki method. Detroit resident Clara Hardie, BA ’06, co-founded the organization in 2010. About 70 percent of her students are youth of color. Scholarships fund instruments and recitals, as well as music, materials, transportation support for parents, and tickets to local classical performances. Students also collaborate with Detroit musicians. Read more.

  • Sound Support

    Established in 1984, U-M’s Cochlear Implant Program is one of the oldest in the country and has restored hearing to more than 3,500 children and adults. Sound Support started as an outreach program in 2004. It is funded by a matching grant between the U-M Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and Michigan Medicaid. The goal is to improve the quality and timeliness of care for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. It also aims to reduce costs of care and management as they grow into adults. Read more.

    Child with cochlear implant
  • Earth Camp

    The lack of representation — and voices to engage people often impacted by environmental problems — can be problematic for communities across the state. It’s the reason Earth Camp took off in 2015. That year, about 20 rising high school sophomores across Michigan embarked on the first of three annual summer field trips and other activities throughout their high school years. More than 95 percent of campers since the program started have gone on to major in earth and environmental sciences in college. Read more.

    Student at Earth Camp
  • Future Physicians

    Every month, students from Detroit’s Cass Tech High School visit U-M to be mentored by medical students. Established in 2012, the Doctors of Tomorrow program focuses on diversifying the future of health care by exposing underrepresented minority students to careers in medicine, as well as providing them with foundational skills to pursue a career in the health sciences. Read more.

    High school students engage in medical simulation
  • Sparks Will Fly

    Samantha Farrugia, MUP ’15, founded the Detroit nonprofit Women Who Weld in 2014 to offer a partially subsidized welding training program for unemployed and underemployed women. Training is augmented with apprenticeships and job placement support. A majority of graduates receive multiple job offers before completing their six-week training. Read more.

    Women welders
  • Safer Play

    90,000 Michigan soccer players went back to playing the sport they love, thanks to a collaboration between U-M and the state’s youth soccer association. A group of faculty, staff and students from the School of Public Health came together in summer 2020 to assist with the development of a reopening plan to get teams back on the field with pandemic precautions. Read more.

    Michigan man twirls soccer ball
  • Science for Tomorrow

    U-M’s Museum of Natural History (UMMNH) provided a bit of relief for teachers working during the global pandemic. Jeanna Fox, UMMNH’s outreach manager, worked with creative teachers at Garden City Middle School, Washtenaw International Middle Academy in Ypsilanti, and Cesar Chavez Middle Academy in Detroit to identify hands-on experiments that would be most useful for their curriculum. Read more.

    Youth with science kit prepared by UMMNH
  • Cass Community Coasters

    Green Industries is a minibusiness that produces coasters from repurposed materials. The operation grew from a collaboration among U-M students of business, engineering, and art and design. Students worked closely with Detroit-based nonprofit Cass Community Social Services (CCSS) to brainstorm and set up the business. CCSS provides its clients food, housing, health services, and job programs. Read more.

    A woman makes coasters at Green Industries in Detroit
  • Bringing art back

    U-M’s Seven Mile is a student-run registered nonprofit founded in 2013 by SMTD alumnus Sam Saunders, BA ’09. The organization offers after-school programs and summer camps for youths in Detroit. Mission: City, a community center in the historic Brightmoor neighborhood, hosts the free after-school music, art, and coding lessons. Read more.

    Child learns code
  • STEM Doctors

    The U-M Department of Mathematics recently reimagined its master’s degree program as a stepping stone to the PhD when it received funding from a 2010 National Science Foundation grant called Building Bridges. The Marjorie Lee Browne Scholars Program, named for the first African American woman to earn a doctorate in mathematics at U-M in 1949, pairs faculty mentors with diverse students interested in STEM fields. Thirty-eight students have completed the program since 2011. Read more. 

    Woman writes complicated equation at blackboard