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June 15, 2019

Student Move-Out aids community

These are some of the more than 12.5 tons of of clothing, bedding, household goods and food that were collected through this year’s Student Move-Out Donation Program. The items are collected and donated to to local organizations that benefit Ann Arbor and surrounding communities. (Photo courtesy of the Office of Campus Sustainability)

Mueller report hearing

Barbara McQuade (right), professor from practice at the Law School, speaks with U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Florida, a U-M alumnus and member of the House Judiciary Committee. McQuade was one of four witnesses who testified Monday before the Judiciary Committee on “Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes.” Read McQuade’s prepared statement for the committee. (Photo by Andrew Loeb, Washington Office)

Wolverines at Normandy

U-M Wolverine Battalion 2019 Staff Ride: Normandy, France

This spring, in advance of the recent 75th anniversary of D-Day, 13 cadets from the U-M Wolverine Battalion traveled to Normandy, France. In this video, the Army ROTC cadets talk about some of the activities they  participated in over the course of a week. They took part in a staff ride, toured historic battlefields, monuments and memorials in northern France.

Photo of Shannon Spicer
Faculty/Staff Spotlight

“I remember watching everything the nurses did and thinking I should take notes because I knew I wanted to do that someday.”

Shannon Spicer, nurse technician in the pediatric cancer unit at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and childhood leukemia survivor

This Week in U-M History

Baseball champs

The Wolverine baseball team won its first national title, beating Texas on June 16, 1953, in the College World Series. Read about other things that happened in U-M history during the weeks of June 10-23.

Michigan in the News

Justin Kasper, associate professor of climate and space sciences and engineering, and colleagues believe they know why the sun’s outer atmosphere is hotter than its surface, and hope to prove it with help from NASA’s Parker Solar Probe: “Whatever the physics is behind this superheating, it’s a puzzle that has been staring us in the eye for 500 years.”

Newsweek

“They’re extraordinarily radical. Even the most conservative ones would have seemed almost inconceivable, I would say, as short as five years ago,” said Reuven Avi-Yonah, professor of law, commenting on G20 proposals that would upend a global tax system that lets many of the world’s corporate giants get away with paying little to no tax.

Quartz India

Research by Aubree Gordon, assistant professor of epidemiology, and colleagues found for the first time that targeting a specific portion of the flu virus that varies relatively little from strain to strain offers protection in humans — moving the search for a universal flu vaccine one step closer to fruition.

Scientific American

Vincent Hutchings, professor of political science and Afroamerican and African studies, says automatic and same-day registration increase registered voters but they do not address racial discrepancies in voter turnout, and even if all 50 states adopted these policies to encourage participation, “we have to encourage more equity in a whole range of other dimensions.”

HuffPost

H. Luke Shaefer, director of Poverty Solutions and associate professor of social work and public policy, said Congress should keep the earned-income tax credit as a work inducement for poor Americans and include a separate plan to help those who have fallen out of the labor market: “The work incentive is good, but we should layer something on top of that so we’re not leaving out the poorest families.”

The Washington Post