A look at how the University of Michigan profits from ‘hard sciences,’ neglects fundamental research

BY: ALEXA ST. JOHN Girish Kulkarni, a University of Michigan biomedical engineering faculty member, never thought he would be working on business strategies for a product when he graduated from his PhD program in electrical engineering. He graduated thinking he would be working on fundamental research, not on marketing a product of his own. But […]

Continue reading

Tackling the Opioid Epidemic From Behind the Counter

BY NEEL SWAMY For Susan DeVuyst-Miller, a clinical pharmacist at Cherry Health, Heart of the City Health Center and professor at the Ferris State University College of Pharmacy in Grand Rapids, Michigan, treating patients across a wide spectrum of conditions—from cardiovascular disease to chronic pain to schizophrenia—involves more than simply dispensing and dosing out medications. […]

Continue reading

As cognitive computer games grow in popularity, seniors, caretakers and researchers ask what’s really best for the aging brain

Jeanette Mollett, a 74-year-old resident of Sister Lakes, Michigan, has owned an iPad for about three years. Though Mollett eschews social media and claims she isn’t particularly good with technology, she plays computer games — mostly kids’ puzzle games, like Candy Crush and Cookie Jam — on a daily basis. Not only does Mollett enjoy […]

Continue reading

Milk, Manure, & Methane: Farming in the 21st Century

  By: Lexie Waltz “I know it’s gross, but just stick your fingers right down in there and feel how warm that is,” says Tammy Jagyur as she digs her fingers a few inches deep into a pile of straw and espresso-bean-sized goat poop pellets. On a 20-degree day on her goat farm outside of Ann […]

Continue reading

Paving the Way for Local Food

The smell of freshly brewed coffee fills the air as the employees laugh and smile behind the counter at Argus Farm Stop on Liberty Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan. A few more steps, and the scent changes to that of turnips and herbs. Many people sit on laptops in the greenhouse area, while others look […]

Continue reading

A Shift to Voice User Interface in Older Adults

In an otherwise quiet and mundane Wednesday in February, The Villages, an adult retirement community in central Florida, boasts a lively and active scene. Groups of men meander with golf bags slung over their shoulders, couples sway their linked hands as they stroll under the sunset, and children yell and splash in the community pool. […]

Continue reading

Challenging the Gluten Challenge: Improving the Diagnosis of Celiac Disease

By Danielle DeMarco “Every night my stomach was so distended, kind of like when you see a child that’s malnourished in Africa. I was in excruciating pain every night.” Following numerous trips to the doctor’s office, rounds of blood testing, and diet changes, eliminating gluten from Cassidy Pont’s life ended years of physical, mental and […]

Continue reading

Fashionably Forward: College students lead the way toward an environmentally minded industry

  On a blustery afternoon in mid-March, The Getup Vintage of Ann Arbor, Michigan is a sight for sore, wintery eyes. Bright pops of color pepper the plethora of pieces that greet customers upon stepping through the purple threshold. From EPA quotes in their dressing rooms about textile waste, to cleaning their garments using house-made […]

Continue reading

I believe, reprise

After a semester of this journalism course, I think I am more hopeful about journalism than I was before. In my original “I believe” statement, I talked a lot about journalism needing to evolve and morph in order to stay up to date with this 21st century audience. While I still believe this is true, […]

Continue reading

I believe, reprise

Prior to this course, I think I was a bit optimistic about the general public’s desire to seek out the most unbiased news possible. Idealistically, I think most people would agree that the truth is good and should be reported on. However, this is not always put into practice, especially when making choices about which […]

Continue reading