The University of Michigan

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The Michigan Wolverines will play Ohio State tomorrow in Columbus.  Here's how busy it's expected to get.


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For football fans, there is a great deal of excitement and anticipation for Saturday's Michigan-Ohio State game in Columbus with both teams vying for a spot in the College Football Playoffs.  But there is another contest taking place between the schools that actually can make the difference between life and death.


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There was a groundbreaking ceremony Monday at the former Willow Run Bomber Plant in Ypsilanti Township which will soon be a center for driverless vehicle testing, the American Center for Mobility.

Among the elected officials on hand for the ceremony was 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.  She says the facility will be a great step forward for Michigan and the auto industry.


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Predictions for the future of Michigan's economy remain upbeat, despite political uncertainty in Washington, according to a University of Michigan report.


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This week on Art and Soul, I speak with Dr. Robert Quinn, co-founder of the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan, author, speaker, and professor in the Ross School of Business.

We talk about how to look at last week's election results and how having the proper perspective can make a difference in any situation you are dealing with in life.


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The presidential candidates and their surrogates swung through Michigan on the final day before the polls opened.

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President Barack Obama made a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton Monday at the University of Michigan's Fisher baseball stadium. 
 


Barack Obama
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There is only one more day until voters hit the polls, and the “Get Out the Vote” campaigns continue.

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Research on the remains of a 9-ton mammoth found in a Chelsea field over a year ago may prove that humans existed in Michigan a thousand years earlier than previously thought.

After a year of restoration work, the partial remains of the mammoth are going on display this coming weekend at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History beginning November 5th.

I spoke to museum director Amy Harris.  She says the mammoth display will be given enough room for scientists to continue their research while the public can view the display.


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It's been a journey for voters who were hoping Bernie Sanders would win the White House.  

It was an unlikely candidacy that started small and built into a movement for democratic socialism.  Hillary Clinton is a far more traditional Democrat and ended up winning the party's nomination for President.  When Sanders bowed out, many of his supporters vowed to protest by not casting a vote, at all.  Then, Donald Trump won the Republican nomination.  

This is where some of Washtenaw County's Sanders supporters now stand.
 


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The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, along with the University of Michigan's School of Public Health, will host an event this evening to help mark World Polio Day

 


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As concern rises and detection methods improve, 1,4-Dioxane is being discovered in water sources across the country. Central to formulating remediation plans is determination of the safe level of exposure to this probable human carcinogen. What constitutes a true hazard as opposed to an “acceptable risk?”  Barbara Lucas goes in search of the answer in this 24th installment in our series on the Ann Arbor area’s 1.4 Dioxane Plume in “The Green Room.” 


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The business value of joy.

Richard Sheridan is the owner of Menlo Innovations in Ann Arbor and the author of a book called "Joy, Inc." He started working as a computer programmer before he could even drive a car back in the early '70s.  He got a couple of degrees in computer science and computer engineering at the University of Michigan and settled in the area which he says is a great area to run a software business.

He talks about what lead him to write the book "Joy, Inc."  He also talks about what it takes to build an intentionally joyful culture and taking a different approach to running a business that gives employees satisfaction.


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How big of a role does texting play in your life?

I talked with Anne Curzan, a professor of English language and literature, linguistics, and education from the University of Michigan about how it's changing the way we write and communicate.

Curzan says texting has become "the wild west of the written language," and she sees it as another genre of writing.

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A team from the University of Michigan lead the recovery of a nearly complete "ice age" mastodon from Michigan's thumb area.

U of M paleontologist Dan Fisher says it was 11 to 13-thousand years old and quite large...


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Senator Bernie Sanders made a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton at the University of Michigan.  


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The beginning of autumn is upon us, and so is Art House Theater Day!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair talks to Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins talk about this year's Art House Theater Day celebration, plus all the movies hitting the big screen this weekend.


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This November, there will a new public transit plan on the ballot, which, if passed, could impact the environment.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Elizabeth Gerber, who represents Washtenaw County on the Regional Transit Authority's Board of Directors, about the new public transit millage.


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John Barfield came from humble beginnings earning less than $2 an hour as a janitor at the University of Michigan.  Today, he is a successful businessman, author, and the focus of a PBS documentary.

We had a conversation about how everyone can be successful both personally and professionally and what's important in life.


Lisa Barry

The United Way of Washtenaw County kicked off its annual fundraising campaign Tuesday by addressing the growing local economic disparity.


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More local government leaders are feeling insecure about their fiscal health than in years past.  A new study shows the first decline in feelings about fiscal health since the end of the Great Recession in 2010. 


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The high cost of a "higher education" may not be paying off, according to a Washington, D.C. non-partisan think tank.  This is especially true for Michigan colleges.


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Annually, the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority provides about 6.6 million rides with its fleet of 92 buses.  On May 1st of this year, major improvements were made to the system.  It's the largest expansion The Ride has seen since 1979.  So we decided to send WEMU's Jorge Avellan for a ride on a bus to see what people think about the changes.

 


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Many of Michigan's top elected officials attended an Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce luncheon, where one of the state's US Senators was the keynote speaker.


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The University of Michigan unveils its new football uniforms today, and there's quite a frenzy surrounding the switch from Adidas to Nike brand merchandise.

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