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Founded in 1817, the University of Michigan is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading research universities. The hallmark of the university is the breadth of excellence across its 19 schools and colleges and the exceptional degree of interdisciplinary cooperation among them.

With more than a billion dollars in research expenditures annually, and 100 graduate and professional programs ranked in the top ten in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, U-M is a global leader in science and technology; health, law and public policy; the arts and humanities; and a wide range of other academic disciplines.

More than 61,000 students on three University of Michigan campuses (Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint) come from every state and 129 countries. And with more than 540,000 living degree holders, U-M has one of the nation’s largest alumni bodies.

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Based on Eddie Huang’s bestselling memoir, ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat premiered last month. Bob D'Amico/ABC

Fresh Off the Boat and the rise of niche TV

Its ratings are worse. So why is Fresh Off the Boat considered a success, while All-American Girl was canceled?
A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp’s planned Keystone XL oil pipeline. Andrew Cullen/Reuters

Keystone pipeline veto: politics or real policy?

A roundtable of energy experts weigh in on the significance of Obama’s veto — the economics, the politics and the environmental — as well as what’s next.
Popular friends on social media could give enough warning to make plans to reduce damage some natural disasters. Flickr/Rob Gross

Popular friends on social media can help save you from disasters

You may think your social media friends are only good for keeping you up with all the latest gossip and trends but research published today has found they can also help save you in the event of any natural…
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The mercury level in your tuna is getting higher

Whether man-made sources of mercury are contributing to the mercury levels in open-ocean fish has been the subject of hot debate for many years. My colleagues Carl Lamborg, Marty Horgan and I analyzed…
Zabibu Athumani and her son Abirai Mbaraka Sultani rest under an insecticide-treated bed net at their home. (Bagamoyo, Tanzania, 2011). Gates Foundation

Fighting malaria is going to take more than just nets

In January, the New York Times highlighted how insecticide treated nets meant to protect people from mosquitoes and malaria are now being used to haul fish in Africa. Among those using these nets to catch…
Nuclear power plants, like this one in Tennessee, supply almost 20 percent of the electricity in the US. Nuclear Regulatory Comission

What’s inside the first new US nuclear plant in two decades

It’s been almost two decades since a new nuclear plant opened for business in the United States. But that’s about to change as construction wraps up on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Unit 2…
President Obama’s immigration plan may help some illegal migrants find higher-paying jobs, helping spur some additional economic activity. Reuters

Obama’s immigration plan may give economy a little boost

An estimated 11 million undocumented residents in the United States live in daily fear of deportation. This fear permeates nearly every aspect of their lives. President Barack Obama’s executive actions…
Participants and guests at a Walk for Breast Cancer decked out in pink. Breast cancer walk image via www.shutterstock.com

Awash in pink, but breast cancer awareness isn’t a cure

Awareness efforts can focus public attention and help scientists raise funds for research. But the impact on eradicating the disease itself and helping patients today is much less clear.
Police in Ferguson, Missouri, far beyond your friendly neighborhood patrolmen. Larry W Smith/EPA

Police militarization is a legacy of cold war paranoia

In August 2014, the police who faced protesters in Ferguson, Missouri looked more like soldiers than officers of the peace. Citizens squared off with a camouflage-clad police force armed with tear gas…

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