ANN ARBOR – University of Michigan ecologist Meghan Duffy is one of 15 infectious disease researchers named 2017-18 Public Engagement Fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The fellows have demonstrated leadership and excellence in their research careers, as well as an interest in promoting meaningful dialogue between science and society, according to AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.
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DEARBORN — The Henry Ford Museum will celebrate the problem solvers who dream big and make a difference during National Engineers Week, Feb. 17-25.
The week’s activities include special guest speakers, demonstrations from Kettering University and the University of Michigan, the early release of the new film – “Dream Big: Engineering Our World” inside the Giant Screen Experience and hands-on activities for all ages.
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ANN ARBOR — The Michigan Growth Capital Symposium will return for its 36th annual celebration of entrepreneurship and business growth May 16-17 at the Marriott Resort in Ypsilanti.
Organizers have issued their call for presenting companies, who want to offer their visions for innovative products and services to an audience of more than 600 investors, founders, and tech transfer professionals.
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SOUTHFIELD — The Japan-based auto supplier Denso Corp. announced the opening of the Denso R&D Lab at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
The company said 12 UM students were selected to help on various research projects being undertaken at the lab. The projects will begin this month and continue throughout the year.
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ANN ARBOR — Monitoring of drinking water supplies in the United States for chemical and microbial contaminants should be increased, especially for vulnerable populations such as pregnant women, infants and young children, according to the final report from a panel of scientists and engineers that advises President Obama.
In response to concerns about the safety of the nation’s drinking water, underscored by the revelations about lead in tap water in Flint, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology was asked last spring to investigate how science and technology could help ensure the safety of the nation’s drinking water.
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ANN ARBOR — Moving society to next-generation transportation systems will take more than technology, and a new $2.47 million center led by the University of Michigan will explore the full picture of how communities can best transition to connected and automated vehicles.
Six Midwestern higher-learning institutions, including the University of Michigan and Washtenaw Community College, are involved in the new U.S. Department of Transportation-funded Center for Connected and Automated Transportation. Other institutions that are part of the center are Purdue University, the University of Illinois, the University of Akron and Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.
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ANN ARBOR — A fully autonomous, 15-passenger electric shuttle manufactured by French firm Navya will support research and provide self-guided tours of Mcity, UM’s test site for connected and automated vehicles.
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PELLSTON — University of Michigan wildlife ecologist Nyeema Harris and graduate student Corbin Kuntze are deep in the woods in the southeast corner of the UM Biological Station, a 10,000-acre property at the northern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
While Harris looks on, Kuntze crawls slowly on all fours, imitating a coyote or a bear while glancing at the flashing red light on a digital camera strapped to the base of a hemlock trunk.
“We call this the walk test,” Harris said. “We need to simulate various animals passing in front of the camera, to make sure it goes off when it’s supposed to and that we get the small ones as well as the bigger ones.”
The U-M Biological Station is one of three Michigan sites—the others are in the Upper Peninsula and at a wildlife refuge near Saginaw—where Harris’ team recently installed motion-triggered “camera traps” to capture snapshots of the state’s diverse wildlife. They’re mainly interested in carnivores, the meat eaters.
The three-site wildlife survey uses about 150 digital cameras that will yield hundreds of thousands of snapshots. A fourth site is planned for Detroit to track urban wildlife in city parks next summer.
It’s the largest-ever camera-trap study of Michigan wildlife, according to Harris.
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ANN ARBOR — New University of Michigan research vehicles will be open testbeds for academic and industry researchers to rapidly test self-driving and connected vehicle technologies at a world-class proving ground.
These open connected and automated research vehicles, or open CAVs, are equipped with sensors including radar, lidar and cameras, among other features. They will be able to link to a robot operating system. An open development platform for connected vehicle communications will be added later.
The open CAVs are based at Mcity, UM’s simulated urban and suburban environment for testing automated and connected vehicles located in northeast Ann Arbor. While a handful of other institutions may offer similar research vehicles, UM is the only one that also operates a high-tech, real-world testing facility.
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ANN ARBOR — On the fourth floor of the University of Michigan’s Museum of Natural History, in a large gallery set aside for temporary exhibits, a room has been built to display the remains of an ice age mammoth pulled from a farmer’s field near Chelsea on Oct. 1, 2015.
The Bristle Mammoth exhibit opens to the public Saturday, Nov. 5. And unlike most other museum exhibits, the designers left empty space to accommodate additional research findings and mammoth remains that could be added in the future.
That’s because the Bristle Mammoth investigation is a scientific work in progress. And if tantalizing preliminary results are confirmed through additional studies — including a planned return to the Bristle family’s farm near Chelsea next month for a second excavation — the museum curators will likely need every square foot of that extra display space.
A multi-pronged analysis of Bristle Mammoth bones, tusks and teeth over the past year suggests the specimen could help rewrite the story of Michigan prehistory, specifically the timing of the arrival of the first humans and their earliest interactions with mammoths, whose meat was a prized food source.
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