EPISODES AND DOWNLOADS
Migrant Worker Projects
School of Dentistry Outreach
Symphony Band Trip to China
Students and faculty of the U-M Symphony Band travel to China for a once in a lifetime tour of this historic and dynamic country. In between performances at multiple venues, the group engages in cultural exchange with their new friends, establishing ties and building camaraderie with their generous hosts.
Micro Electro Mechanical Systems – MEMS
Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
With its mission to engender environmental enjoyment, stewardship and sustainability, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum has worked for over 100 years to create educational opportunities, conduct research, and provide intimate interaction with the natural world.
Michigan Sea Grant
Faculty, researchers and students from the U–M School of Natural Resources and Environment work to strengthen the vitality of the Great Lakes ecosystem as key collaborators in the Michigan Sea Grant. One component: measuring the health of the waters by close observation of Lake Sturgeon.
Multidisciplinary Action Projects
With its belief in Action Based Learning as the key for preparing MBA students for the rapid pace of change in the world of business, U–M’s Ross School of Business launches student teams around the globe to tackle intensive projects in a wide array of business sectors.
Neuroscience Communications Lab
Technical Assistance Center
Faced with an array of inner city projects that fall flat due to inadequately trained community leaders and volunteers, one major foundation partners with the U–M School of Social Work seeking to break the cycle of failure and cynicism — and provide the resources for success.
A team of graduate students at the School of Natural Resources and Environment study, analyze and assess multiple possibilities for greater energy efficiency at a local brewpub – whose owners embrace and implement the greening of their facility.
Seeking to gain knowledge about and promote understanding among various religious and non–religious groups, a group of University of Michigan students engage with the communitybeyond the University – as evidenced by their Alternative Spring Break.
With ever expanding innovations coming from its faculty and researchers, the University of Michigan launched the Venture Accelerator to speed the transition of promising new technologies into the marketplace, benefitting both the local and national economies.
Bentley Historical Library
Dust Storms – Nilton Renno
While studying dust storms in the desert of Arizona, Professor Nilton Renno discovered that the dust particles accumulate electric charges – leading to valuable information for NASA’s Mars mission and the launch of a business venture offering new technologies to protect electronics from dust damage.
Center for Research on Learning and Teaching
How can professors stay informed and prepared to integrate new instructional technology in teaching? Or learn to deal with myriad issues in multicultural environments? Luckily, CRLT provides a wide range of services promoting best practices in education — often in entertaining fashion.
Life Sciences Institute
Since its building opened in 2003, the Life Sciences Institute has pioneered new discoveries about a whole range of diseases, including cancer, diabetes and alzheimer’s. With the help of the new Innovation Partnership, promising science is moving more quickly toward life–saving drugs in the marketplace.
In the inaugural year of this competition to accelerate the creation of businesses in the state of Michigan, University of Michigan student teams compete with teams from universities and colleges across the state seeking prize money to launch their dream.
A group of Masters students from multiple disciplines converge in this course at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy to combine academics with practical, in–the–field experiences — in this case, working with Michigan’s Lenawee County to identify best practices toward streamlining local governments.
Dr. Robert Bartlett
45 years ago, U–M Surgeon Dr. Robert Bartlett was disturbed by the 50 percent mortality rate of children who had undergone complex heart surgery. He developed the ECMO machine which has saved thousands of lives and is now in use in intensive care units around the world.
A confluence of arts and politics in early 1960’s Ann Arbor resulted in a thought revolution with far reaching influence. A group of composers from the University of Michigan School of Music were at the forefront of this creative explosion.
Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics
Positive Organizational Scholarship
A student based initiative started in 2004, Cultivating Communities recruits students to get their hands dirty. Not only operating gardens across the university campus, Cultivating Communities engages with middle and high school students in Detroit and Ann Arbor to improve their diets.
Movies at Michigan
Coordinator of Screenwriting at U–M Jim Burnstein played an integral role in advising the government of Michigan to create tax incentives to lure feature film production to the state. The deluge of films coming to Michigan has created countless opportunities – enticing the young, creative class to stay put.
Center for Educational Outreach
With diversity being a key goal in the University of Michigan’s plan for developing students for a globalized society, the Center for Educational Outreach has put in place a multi-faceted approach to reach out to youth and engages them in preparing for a college education as an integral part of their future.
WWII Vets at U–M
At the end of World War II, thousands of veterans returned to the United States in pursuit of a college education. The University of Michigan leaped into action, constructing temporary and permanent housing to accommodate the former soldiers – who brought a new seriousness to the college atmosphere.
Shakespeare in the Arb
China Scholars Exchange Program
With its partnership with the Tianjin Center for Disease Control providing unparalleled access to the study of public health in China, the School of Public Health at U–M reciprocates with professional development of Chinese practitioners and capacity building with their institutions.
The Joint Institute
UM/SJTU Research Expansion
Girls in Science and Engineering
Office of Tech Transfer
In an effort to help Michigan realize its economic potential, the Office of Technology Transfer works to speed the pace of innovation into the marketplace.
Catherine Badgley is an Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology whose research into crop yields from organic farming versus large, agribusiness farming has turned common assumptions on their head. Her research indicates that organic farming actually yields more produce per acre than "traditional," large–scale agribusiness farming that uses pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified crops.
Varsity Women’s Rowing Team
Vic Strecher is the U–M Distinguished University Innovator for 2010. He is a professor of health behavior and health education in the School of Public Health, professor of health behavior in the Department of Family Medicine in the Medical School, and also a successful entrepreneur, having launched HealthMedia in 1998. We learn about his work and how it is inspired by personal experience.
Astronomy & Detroit Observatory
The Detroit Observatory, built in 1854 on the U-M’s Central Campus, is the centerpiece of President Henry Tappan’s vision. Tappan saw the observatory as a vehicle to transform the U-M into one of the top science and research universities in the US. The Detroit Observatory marked the definitive turning point for the U-M to become recognized as a leader in science, research, and technology.
This volunteer–based student organization is dedicated to the philosophy that "tango is not a commodity but rather an art form to be shared freely." The student-run club fosters leadership through a firm appreciation of the talents and abilities of its participants.
Wolverine Venture Fund
The Wolverine Venture Fund is a multimillion-dollar venture capital fund operated directly out of the Ross School of Business. The WVF invests primarily in early–stage, emerging growth companies. The Fund invests with the active involvement of MBA students, faculty assistance, and an advisory board composed of professional venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.
Acts of Art
Every year, U-M professors Janie Paul and Buzz Alexander, along with various student and community volunteers, travel across Michigan to visit prisons and collect art for an annual exhibit of prison art at the U-M. The show has become the largest exhibit of prison art in the country. This documentary follows these two activists/artists during the 13th year of the project. It tells the story of how they began working in the prison system, and introduces us to former prisoners, now released, whom them met along the way. The story features art from inside Michigan prisons and is a powerful window into the often invisible experience of the thousands of men and women behind bars in this state.
Muslims in Michigan
Michigan Radio and the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies—two U-M units partnering on the Muslims in Michigan project—are working to improve the public’s understanding of one diverse group of Michigan residents.
Business Engagement Center
The University of Michigan School of Engineering provides a unique opportunity for Detroit area students to explore the rigors and excitement of robotics competition.
School of Education
The University Musical Society is one of the oldest presenters of performing arts in the country. Learn about their special approach to artist selection and the essential component of their mission that moves their work beyond the stage and out into the community.
The Knight Wallace Journalism Fellows
Students and faculty at the School of Social Work are partnering with the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative to fight recidivism and help convicted felons find a new, productive place in society.
Since 1909 the U-M Biological Station in northern Michigan has provided a unique setting for innovative research in environmental science. Their multi-faceted approach to studying carbon sequestration is providing a breadth of empirical data to help better guide future environmental policies.
The team at the Center for Motor Behavior and Pediatric Disabilities provide children with Downs syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) the opportunity to enjoy an important rite of passage. The Center also captures important data that can help inform policy to improve the physical education and well being of children suffering with Downs and ASD.
By conservative estimates, some 87,000 people in the United States are wrongfully imprisoned. Not only are the lives and families of innocent people being ruined, every taxpayer is absorbing the considerable expense of keeping these people behind bars. Meanwhile, the real criminals remain free. But what can be done? The University of Michigan Law School’s Innocence Clinic—the first of its kind at any American university—is addressing the problem. Will they succeed in their first–ever case?
The Hopwood Awards are the richest collegiate writing awards in the country. Open to both graduate and undergraduate students, the Hopwoods have been jump–starting literary careers since the 1930s. The list of past winners is studded with many familiar names and runs from New York to Hollywood and all places in between.
Construction is booming on the University of Michigan campus. From renovating iconic structures like Michigan Stadium to new concepts in education and hospitalization, the University builds the campus of tomorrow while providing jobs today.
Disaster Simulation/Virtual Reality Cave
Teaching doctors and first responders to triage on-site disaster victims by doing physical simulations is expensive and time consuming, so training opportunities are rare. But by using the remarkable technology of their Virtual Reality CAVE, University of Michigan researchers have developed a new simulation program that will help save lives.
University towns tend to be great places to live and Ann Arbor is no exception. Between the wide array of students, faculty, and staff drawn to the city from all over the world and the variety of interests and activities they bring with them, there’s something for everyone in Ann Arbor.
School of Information
Husk is a group of five University of Michigan MBA graduates who are taking their class project to market. Using discarded materials to create high R–value insulation, the Husk team has already won a number of local and national business plan competitions—complete with large cash prizes. If they succeed, Husk will be green in more ways than one.
Nick Tobier, Detroit Arts
Professor Nick Tobier is interested in pushing the boundaries of art and himself. He works with the ephemeral canvas of daily life and real people in communities by creating unusual and unexpected encounters. In the process, he changes both those who come upon his work, and himself.
In a university filled with people coming up with all kinds of inventions and discoveries, what is the cheapest and quickest way to get a great idea on its feet? If it involves a 3–dimensional object, the folks at the 3–D Prototyping Lab often have the solution.
The University of Michigan has often blazed a trail for advances in medicine. Now a new generation of researchers is working on the cutting–edge technology of stem cells to better understand stem cell biology and to develop therapies and cures for some of our most intractable diseases. Someday the life they save may be yours.
Environmental Interpretive Center on U-M’s Dearborn campus uses the former grounds of an auto baron’s mansion to teach students and community members about environmental succession and stewardship. Professor Orin Gelderloos strolls the grounds and shows the changes that time and nature have wrought.
Talking Points uses standard cell phones to access the internet so visually impaired people can get information about where they are going and the businesses they’re passing. But the system’s creators are realizing that sighted people may want to use their invention too.
A group of graduate students from the U-M’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning are working to create a sustainable community–based food system in Detroit so that everyone—no matter what their income or transportation challenges—can get better nutrition.
Four years ago, Professor Thylias Moss, a renowned poet and a MacArthur and Guggenheim fellow, had a revelation that inspired her to jump off an artistic career cliff. Her new exploration of multimedia communication fused with poetry has transformed her work and her teaching.
Musical Theater 25th Anniversary
The University of Michigan’s musical theatre department has grown from Brent Wagner’s singular vision to one of the top programs in the nation. For the program’s 25th anniversary, Michigan’s Broadway star alumni return to their roots to perform alongside current students in a song and dance celebration.
Jan Longone, Culinary History
Ballast Free Ship
Dr. Deborah Ball, Education
Peter Sparling, Dance
Dr. Karin Muraszko, UMHS
Dr. Philip Gingerich, Paleontology
Dr. Gingerich discusses the fascinating discoveries his team has made regarding the connections between primitive whales, sheep, and hippos.
Saturday Morning Physics