News & Features

  1. Engineering course challenges students to create tech solutions for COVID-19

    Stefany Escobedo is considered an essential worker at Michigan Medicine where she helps keep technology humming as part of the Health Information & Technology Services team. Before COVID-19, she also was a hospital volunteer who was told she can’t serve during the crisis. She looks at her team’s store occupancy app as a different way to give back.


  2. Program Aims to Help the Muslim Community Quit Smoking During Ramadan

    The Yallah Quit program uses culturally specific, text message-based guidance to help Muslims kick the habit of cigarettes and hookah smoking.

  3. Taubman College’s Innovative Online Platform Creates Virtual Studio Culture

    One of the foundations of Taubman College’s architecture program is its studio culture. So when COVID-19 forced classes online and closed the doors of the Art and Architecture Building weeks before the end of the winter semester, faculty and staff were faced with how to replicate the camaraderie and collaboration of the studio, as well as the up-close-and-personal nature of final reviews, in a virtual space.

    1. The Heart of Why: Teacher Outreach in Michigan

      The Title VI National Resource Centers for Middle Eastern and North African Studies and for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Michigan (U-M) work closely each year to organize the MENA-SEA Teacher Program, a special outreach initiative for Michigan secondary schools.

    2. The UM-Dearborn ‘Maker Lab’ staff are making 3D-printed PPE from home

      ECE Senior Electronics Technician Jesse Cross and MSEL Assistant Director Shawn Simone both have their assigned 50-pound MakerBot Replicator 3D printers running on their kitchen tables. In his cozy 900-square-foot house, Senior Engineering Technician Matt Brown figured out the basement was the best place to muffle the printer’s regular “beeps and boops.”

    3. K-12 online learning platform from U-Michigan sees dramatic rise in use

      Like thousands of K-12 Michigan teachers, Wendy Skinner wasn’t sure where to turn when the Michigan Department of Education released its “Learning at a Distance” guideline in early April, requiring teachers to help students maintain and continue learning outside the classroom during the COVID-19 crisis.

    4. COVID-19 can’t stop community engaged learning

      How do high-touch, hands-on engagement programs continue to connect students with community organizations in a time of COVID-19? They find other creative ways to continue to serve and offer programming, say leaders of University of Michigan organizations that semester in and semester out connect students with groups that need help, while providing students with important learning experiences.

    5. optiMize funds COVID-19 Community Aid Efforts

      A student-led incubator at the University of Michigan, optiMize, launched a $25,000 Community Aid Relief Fund recently in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The relief fund aims to provide mutual aid and community-based projects in Washtenaw county who have student leaders.

    6. Taubman College Team Reflects on HUD Final Four

      A team of Taubman College students recently competed in the “Final Four” of the 2020 HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing student competition.