Misha Teplitskiy, assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Information, was awarded a $115,655 grant from Schmidt Futures for his research project “Study of Discrimination in Science - Exploring Whether the Identities of Scientists Affect Peer Evaluations.” The award provides funding for one year. Teplitskiy’s research has frequently focused on making sure science is equitable and reproducible. For this project, Teplitski will investigate how biases show up during peer reviews and how that might affect researchers.
STORIES OF IMPACT
The history between Hollywood and the University of Michigan goes back decades. For example, there’s 1955 alumnus and Darth Vader voice James Earl Jones and the 1983 film “The Big Chill,” in which all the main characters graduated from UM together. The Film, Television and Media department, part of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, has been partially funded by the John H. and Patricia W. Mitchell Scholarship since the 2020-21 school year. The scholarship is named for the Columbia Pictures Television founder and his wife.
Ateam of researchers at three University of Michigan labs have been able to track how a protein binds to its chromatin substrate within a living cell by establishing a collaboration that combines state-of-the-art ultra high-resolution imaging, synthetic protein design and computational modeling. Their results are published in Science Advances.
Distributing relief supplies to typhoon victims requires storing the goods in the best location before the typhoon hits. The tricky part is knowing where that is. Joline Uichanco Joline Uichanco Joline Uichanco, assistant professor of technology and operations at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, developed a method to figure it out. As detailed in a study recently published in Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Uichanco developed a data-driven model for demand prediction and relief distribution. It allows a government or relief agency to input information ahead of a storm and receive recommendations on the most effective way to position relief supplies before the storm hits.
The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan continues its tradition of groundbreaking research with the investment of nearly $4.5 million in grant funding for four new innovative faculty research projects. The winning proposals address climate change, the carceral state, systemic racism, and the impact of microplastics on the environment.
In 1922, Dr. W. E. Upjohn gave a gift of peonies to the University of Michigan that would become what is now the University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden. Upjohn’s significant gift has come full circle, as his family has come together on the 100th anniversary of his gift with a donation of $2 million to name the garden after its original donor. On May 19, the U-M Board of Regents approved naming the garden the W.E. Upjohn Peony Garden in recognition of collective gifts from members of the Upjohn family.