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The Generation X Report: U-M survey paints a surprisingly positive portrait

They've been stereotyped as a bunch of insecure, angst-ridden, underachievers. But most members of Generation X are leading active, balanced and happy lives, according to a long-term University of Michigan survey.

Lieberthal discusses U-M's China ties, Chinese challengesLieberthal discusses U-M's China ties, Chinese challenges

Kenneth Lieberthal, a professor emeritus and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, returned to the University of Michigan to join ongoing celebrations for the Center for Chinese Studies' 50th anniversary.

Michigan Solar Car Team places third in the worldMichigan Solar Car Team places third in the world

Through a smoldering brush fire, past wind-shearing road trains, across the Australian continent, the University of Michigan's Quantum was the first American car to finish the World Solar Challenge today. The Solar Car Team placed third overall in the international competition.

U-M Ann Arbor overall enrollment, freshman applications at all-time high this fall

Enrollment on the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus remains at record levels for the third consecutive year in fall 2011 with 42,716 students, according to the U-M Office of the Registrar.

False starts can sneak by in women's sprintingFalse starts can sneak by in women's sprinting

Olympic timing procedures don't accurately detect false starts by female sprinters, according to a new analysis by University of Michigan researchers.

U-M Ford School poll: Most local leaders in Michigan report ongoing financial woes

Nearly half of Michigan's local governments say they are somewhat or significantly less able to meet their financial needs in 2011, though some negative trends eased this year, a new University of Michigan survey reports.

U-M President Mary Sue Coleman named chair of the Association of American UniversitiesU-M President Mary Sue Coleman named chair of the Association of American Universities

The Association of American Universities has elected University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman as its chair, it was announced today.

U-M's close ties to historic MLK Jr. MemorialU-M's close ties to historic MLK Jr. Memorial

The University of Michigan's website, Montage, features the latest news and features about the arts, creative endeavors, collaborative projects and upcoming events.

Students compete in U-M's first China Business Challenge

More than 140 students on 80 teams are competing in the first annual China Business Challenge at the University of Michigan, organizers say.

Aung San Suu Kyi to receive U-M's Wallenberg Medal, deliver lectureAung San Suu Kyi to receive U-M's Wallenberg Medal, deliver lecture

Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese human rights activist and Nobel Peace laureate, is the recipient of the 21st University of Michigan Wallenberg Medal.

U-M remains in strong financial health, annual reports says

The University of Michigan remains financially healthy because of faculty and staff who maintain an "unyielding focus on the university's core missions as they strive to find new ways to contain costs."

U-M ecologist: Future forests may soak up more carbon dioxide than previously believed, helping to buffer climate changeU-M ecologist: Future forests may soak up more carbon dioxide than previously believed, helping to buffer climate change

North American forests appear to have a greater capacity to soak up heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas than researchers had previously anticipated.

Four to receive honorary degrees at U-M's winter commencement

One of the nation's foremost journalists, a world-renowned scientist who specializes in pharmaceutical chemistry, a former U-M provost and the current chancellor of Syracuse University, and a Harvard professor and author whose work focuses on community, diversity, religion and politics in modern society are to receive honorary degrees at the U-M Winter Commencement 2011.

Great speeches: How to know one if we hear oneGreat speeches: How to know one if we hear one

With the season for political oratory hard upon us, how does the rhetoric of this year's crop of presidential contenders measure up?

Clearing the cosmic fog of the early universe: Massive stars may be responsibleClearing the cosmic fog of the early universe: Massive stars may be responsible

The space between the galaxies wasn't always transparent. In the earliest times, it was an opaque, dense fog.

Center for Chinese Studies celebrates 50 years at U-MCenter for Chinese Studies celebrates 50 years at U-M

The Center for Chinese Studies is celebrating its 50th anniversary at the University of Michigan.

Countdown: America's No. 1 solar car ready to race the worldCountdown: America's No. 1 solar car ready to race the world

With a cutting-edge solar car, an advanced strategy and an intrepid 16-student race crew, the University of Michigan's national champion solar car team is ready for the upcoming World Solar Challenge. The 1,800-mile international contest starts on the north shore of Australia in Darwin on Oct. 16.

Kids with Down syndrome who bike ride are less sedentary overallKids with Down syndrome who bike ride are less sedentary overall

Children with Down syndrome who learned to ride a two-wheel bike were less sedentary overall and had less body fat one year after learning to ride compared to those who did not participate, a University of Michigan study shows.

In bubble-rafting snails, the eggs came firstIn bubble-rafting snails, the eggs came first

It's "Waterworld" snail style: Ocean-dwelling snails that spend most of their lives floating upside down, attached to rafts of mucus bubbles.

Fuel economy of new vehicles still at lowest point in the past yearFuel economy of new vehicles still at lowest point in the past year

For the second straight month, the average fuel economy of all new vehicles sold in the United States remained the same, according to a researcher at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

Michigan Law launching bold new Directors' College

The University of Michigan Law School's inaugural Directors' College for Global Business and Law, featuring experts from academia, international business, and private practice, is being designed with business in India and China in mind.

Colored solar cells could make display screens more efficientColored solar cells could make display screens more efficient

A new kind of screen pixel doubles as a solar cell and could boost the energy efficiency of cell phones and e-readers.

Young clean-tech entrepreneurs to compete on national stage

Michigan students who compete in the annual Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge will now be part of a national effort encouraging young entrepreneurs to develop greener energy solutions.

First comet found with ocean-like waterFirst comet found with ocean-like water

New evidence supports the theory that comets delivered a significant portion of Earth's oceans, which scientists believe formed about 8 million years after the planet itself.

U-M will invest in new ideas for a changing world

The University of Michigan will launch a new initiative to develop innovative ideas about global challenges and opportunities, and to advance the greater good, President Mary Sue Coleman announced today.

Study: Wash away your troubles with soapStudy: Wash away your troubles with soap

Cleaning your hands removes more than dirt, it also removes residues of the past, such as guilt and doubt, a new University of Michigan study finds.

U-M to invest in its own startup businesses

In a rare move for a university, the University of Michigan will for the first time directly invest in its own startup businesses, President Mary Sue Coleman announced today.

Advance directives related to use of palliative care, lower Medicare end-of-life spending in many U.S. regionsAdvance directives related to use of palliative care, lower Medicare end-of-life spending in many U.S. regions

Advance directives do have an impact on health care at the end of life, especially in regions of the country with high spending on end-of-life care, according to a University of Michigan study.

Study casts doubt on sex offender notification laws

While evidence suggests that requiring convicted sex offenders to register with the police reduces the chances they'll re-offend, a recent paper co-authored by a University of Michigan law professor shows that publicizing sex offenders' identities may actually increase the chances they'll commit another sex crime.

Growing up in bad neighborhoods has a 'devastating' impactGrowing up in bad neighborhoods has a 'devastating' impact

Growing up in a poor neighborhood significantly reduces the chances that a child will graduate from high school, according to a study published in the current (October) issue of the American Sociological Review. And the longer a child lives in that kind of neighborhood, the more harmful the impact.

Michigan's URC a critical asset in state's economic recovery

At the forefront of Michigan's economic resurgence is the University Research Corridor, an alliance of Michigan's three largest research institutions—Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University.

Rising carbon dioxide levels at end of last ice age not tied to Pacific Ocean, as had been suspectedRising carbon dioxide levels at end of last ice age not tied to Pacific Ocean, as had been suspected

After the last ice age peaked about 18,000 years ago, levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide rose about 30 percent. Scientists believe that the additional carbon dioxide—a heat-trapping greenhouse gas—played a key role in warming the planet and melting the continental ice sheets.

U-M licenses a record number of inventions

In Michigan and across the globe last year, more University of Michigan technologies were licensed to companies than ever before. U-M Tech Transfer recorded 101 licenses and options in fiscal year 2011, which ended June 30.

Feeling entitled makes dull tasks drag onFeeling entitled makes dull tasks drag on

People who feel entitled may think performing dull tasks is a waste of their precious time, resulting in a perception that time passes slowly, according to a new University of Michigan study.

Roads pave the way for the spread of superbugsRoads pave the way for the spread of superbugs

Antibiotic resistant E. coli was much more prevalent in villages situated along roads than in rural villages located away from roads, which suggests that roads play a major role in the spread or containment of antibiotic resistant bacteria, commonly called superbugs, a new study finds.

Extreme space weather at Mercury blasts the planet’s polesExtreme space weather at Mercury blasts the planet’s poles

The solar wind sandblasts the surface of planet Mercury at its poles, according to new data from a University of Michigan instrument on board NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft.

Saving heart attack victims with computer scienceSaving heart attack victims with computer science

Subtle markers of heart damage hidden in plain sight among hours of EKG recordings could help identify which heart attack patients are at high risk.

Vital protein complex and therapeutic possibilities revealed. Nature magazine coverVital protein complex and therapeutic possibilities revealed

Three international teams of scientists, led by researchers at the University of Michigan, University of California San Diego, and Stanford University, have published a trio of papers describing in unprecedented detail the structure and workings of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), a large family of human proteins that are the target of one-third to one-half of modern drugs.

U-M's Sophomore Initiative offers food for thought

In a University of Michigan classroom 70 sophomores studied the effects of donuts on their health and the environment. Next month, they'll write an essay on what it was like to eat on a daily budget of $3.50, the average allowance for food stamp recipients.

U-M president announces ambitious goals for sustainability. Video availableU-M president announces ambitious goals for sustainability

Hybrid buses, solar panels on North Campus, funding for students to find ways to conserve resources: In a broad green stroke across campus, the University of Michigan will invest $14 million in new commitments announced today to achieve ambitious environmental goals.

Mom's lead exposure linked to higher blood pressure in their daughters. Photo courtesy of Morguefile.com user hotblackMom's lead exposure linked to higher blood pressure in their daughters

Prenatal lead exposure is linked to a greater risk of high blood pressure in teen girls, but not in boys, a new study from the University of Michigan shows.

First geothermal facility opening on campus

When the new golf practice facility opens its doors this fall, it will be the first geothermal facility at the University of Michigan, using the earth's natural energy to heat and cool the space.

Rebranding exercise: Quality of life a better motivator than Live longer. Photo courtesy of sxc.hu user bluegumRebranding exercise: Quality of life a better motivator than Live longer

A University of Michigan study finds that the most convincing exercise message emphasizes immediate benefits that enhance daily quality of life.

People yearn for positive perception about themselves. Photo courtesy of Morguefile.com user rachjoseWho are you? People yearn for positive perception about themselves

People care about how others view them and will go to great lengths to repair negative perceptions, a new University of Michigan study found.

U-M School of Public Health gets grant to recruit minority students

The University of Michigan School of Public Health received a $4.2 million grant over five years to expand its minority undergraduate student recruitment and internship program.

Three U-M faculty members receive presidential awardsThree U-M faculty members receive presidential awards

Three University of Michigan researchers have received the nation's highest honor for professionals at the outset of their independent research careers, the White House has announced.

Abusive men likely to repeat violence if attraction to women is superficial. Photo courtesy of sxc.hu user asifthebesAbusive men likely to repeat violence if attraction to women is superficial

Abusive men who select partners mainly based on appearance are likely to be violent again after completing an abuser intervention program, according to a new University of Michigan study.

A new microgrant program for student entrepreneurs

A new University-sponsored grant program aims to give a total of a quarter of a million dollars to 250 students or student teams over the next five years to help them launch an entrepreneurial venture or gain entrepreneurial skills.

Prairie at Alex Dow Field, Nichols Arboretum. Photo courtesy U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols ArboretumU-M's Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum receives grant to assess at-risk plants

The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum has received a grant of nearly $127,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Three U-M researchers named 2011 MacArthur FellowsThree U-M researchers named 2011 MacArthur Fellows

Three University of Michigan researchers—a historian, a chemist and a stem cell biologist—are among the 22 new MacArthur Fellows announced today by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

U-M annual research spending grows 8.5 percent to $1.24 billionU-M annual research spending grows 8.5 percent to $1.24 billion

Research spending at the University of Michigan in 2010-11 grew 8.5 percent over the previous year to $1.24 billion, continuing the long-term trend of steady growth in the university's research enterprise.

U-M among international group to find genetic variants that may contribute to mental illness

Several newly discovered genetic variants may increase the risk of developing bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or both, according to an international research consortium that includes the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

New patent law will benefit U-M inventors

President Obama's signing of the America Invents Act—the first major overhaul of U.S. patent law in 60 years—will help University of Michigan scientists as the patent system will be more predictable and efficient, say U-M officials.

U-M Law School to help grow India's infrastructure

A five-year, trillion-dollar effort by India's government to improve its infrastructure will get a boost from a joint financial law and policy research center established last year by the University of Michigan Law School and one of India's premier law schools.

Smartphone battery life could dramatically improve with new invention

A new "subconscious mode" for smartphones and other WiFi-enabled mobile devices could extend battery life by as much as 54 percent for users on the busiest networks.

U-M chemist and biophysicist Hashim Al-Hashimi, whose studies have redefined the iconic DNA double helix, is on Popular ScienceU-M chemist and biophysicist wins 'Brilliant 10' award from Popular Science magazine

University of Michigan chemist and biophysicist Hashim M. Al-Hashimi was named today to Popular Science magazine's annual "Brilliant 10" list of the nation's top young scientists.

'Science of Ethics' project receives $1.2 million in funding

University of Michigan philosophy professor Daniel Jacobson has been awarded $1.2 million for a project titled "The Science of Ethics."

U.S. currency. Photo courtesy of Dani SimmondsTauber Institute students show how companies can save millions

Nearly three dozen teams of business and engineering students at the University of Michigan's Tauber Institute for Global Operations will present ways that some of the world's largest corporations can save money in their operations during Spotlight! 2011, held 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Ann Arbor.

Bailed-out banks issued riskier loans

Banks that received federal bailout money ended up approving riskier loans and shifting capital toward risky investments after getting government help, say University of Michigan researchers.

Artists bring the art of Chinese kite-building to U-MArtists bring the art of Chinese kite-building to U-M

He gave them a big machete-like knife, a bunch of bamboo strips and a box of Band-Aids. Then the Chinese kite master left University of Michigan artists Anne Mondro and Matthew Shlian alone in his Beijing home to create their own wispy pieces of aerial art.

The Michigan College Advising Corps doubles its service to underserved Michigan school children

In the new school year, the Michigan College Advising Corps will more than double the number of MCAC advisers working to increase college-going plans among low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented high school students around the state of Michigan.

An illustration of the sub-wavelength focussing of light by a so-called$13-million NSF center to explore new ways to manipulate light at the nanoscale

A new $13-million National Science Foundation center based at the University of Michigan will develop high-tech materials that manipulate light in new ways. The research could enable advances such as invisibility cloaks, nanoscale lasers, high-efficiency lighting, and quantum computers.

The Michigan College Advising Corps doubles its service to underserved Michigan school children

In the new school year, the Michigan College Advising Corps will more than double the number of MCAC advisers working to increase college-going plans among low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented high school students around the state of Michigan.

Video screenshot: It doesn't take a villageRaising a child doesn't take a village, U-M research shows

It doesn't take a village to raise a child after all, according to University of Michigan research.

Michigan Law launches groundbreaking entrepreneurial law program

A rare program in entrepreneurship and law launching this fall at the University of Michigan Law School will steep student lawyers in the arts of entrepreneurial businesses and also lead to groundbreaking entrepreneurial opportunities for students University-wide.

Gas pump. Image courtesy of Morguefile.com user runronDriving a gas-guzzler? You can still cut fuel costs by nearly half

While driving a fuel-efficient vehicle is the best way to save gas, motorists can still cut fuel consumption nearly in half by driving slower and less aggressively, properly maintaining their vehicles and avoiding congested roads, say University of Michigan researchers.

Sara Konrath discusses the link between volunteerism and health in this videoMotives matter: Why we volunteer has an impact on our health

People who give, live longer, studies have shown. Now, a new study shows that why people volunteer—not whether they volunteer—is what really counts.

Study illustration featuring neighborhood cards shown to white respondentsThe waning of American apartheid? Residential segregation declines in U.S. metros

The ideal of equal housing opportunities is closer to becoming a reality in most major U.S. metro areas, according to a University of Michigan researcher.

U-M's Ross MBAs raise nearly $67,000 in less than 48 hours for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Incoming MBA students at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business have transformed orientation into a fundraising blockbuster for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.