Find the Arts at the URC Schools

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Find the Arts at the URC Schools

Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University have a rich array of cultural opportunities open to the public – take advantage of them using the links below: Michigan State University Arts Events Calendar University of Michigan Arts Events Calendar Wayne State University Arts Events...

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Q&A With Michael Rush of Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum

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Q&A With Michael Rush of Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum

Melanie Kauffman, Office of Research and Graduate Studies MSU   Michael Rush is the Founding Director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. He spoke with the URC about the progress of the museum in enriching both the university and the community in which it is located, as well as the economic development role of the arts and the impact of research into the arts.   MK: Dr. Rush, first let me congratulate you on the two year anniversary of the Broad Art Museum this week. I understand that you have...

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A Musician Never Rests

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A Musician Never Rests

by Linda Dunn, MSU Advancement Marketing and Communications A Culture of Jazz The great jazz drummer Art Blakey said, “Music washes away the dust of everyday life.” Why is jazz important? It’s America’s classical music. It’s the music of the melting pot. Jazz is the way we speak. Jazz is the way we feel, the way we dance. So jazz is not just music, but it’s also culture. Our Jazz Community is Inspiring Rodney Whitaker grew up in the City of Detroit, where jazz was a part of his makeup. As a young jazz musician, his mentors and his folks...

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Gershwin Piano Solidifies Legacy at U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance

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Gershwin Piano Solidifies Legacy at U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance

By Marilou Carlin A fully restored 1933 Model A Steinway piano, once owned and played by George Gershwin, now calls the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance its permanent home. Marc Gershwin, George Gershwin’s nephew, donated the piano to the school in 2013 as a crowning gesture of partnership between the Gershwin families and the University during the creation of the U-M Gershwin Initiative. Announced last year, the initiative provides U-M with complete access to the Gershwin archives to develop the George and Ira Gershwin Critical...

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Mountains + Valleys – Glorifying the Uninhabited Wilderness of the American West

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Mountains + Valleys – Glorifying the Uninhabited Wilderness of the American West

Photography and ideas about the “American West” grew in cultural significance throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and have informed ideas about each other ever since. As photography has proliferated, so too has visual representations of the West. It is a photogenic space whose image has been used to express patriotic ideals of “Americaness” —rugged individualism, expansionism, romantic nationalism, and manifest destiny—but it is also the palimpsest for the failure of these. It is the background for tourist photographs and...

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U-M Social Science Researcher Creates Smartphone Apps to Enhance Fathers’ Engagement with Their Children

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U-M Social Science Researcher Creates Smartphone Apps to Enhance Fathers’ Engagement with Their Children

(Photo courtesy of Kwanie) By Dan Meisler Here are two undisputed facts of American life today: Almost everybody has a smartphone, and smartphones seem to be able to do almost anything you want them to do. But Dr. Shawna Lee, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work, is focusing on one thing smartphones don’t do right now, but could: deliver programs and information that will improve the mental health, psychological well-being and social relationships of people who are underserved by social service agencies. For over a decade, Lee...

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WSU Alumnus Jim Anderson Looks to the Future for Exciting New Technologies

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WSU Alumnus Jim Anderson Looks to the Future for Exciting New Technologies

(Photo courtesy of Wayne State University) While looking for a way to plot environmental pollutants while working on his master’s degree in civil engineering at Wayne State University, Anderson developed the world’s first computer mapping technology. He founded Urban Science in 1977 as a way to use that knowledge to help companies measure their performance in the marketplace through data. Today, Detroit-based Urban Science employs around 750 people and provides analysis for nearly every major automotive maker in the world. Anderson recently...

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Wayne State Study May Lead to Use of Smart Phones to Assist in Stress Management Programs in Workplace

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Wayne State Study May Lead to Use of Smart Phones to Assist in Stress Management Programs in Workplace

(Image courtesy of Wayne State University) By Julie O’Connor DETROIT – Although studies of the health effects of stress have been published for years, few have examined how chronic and momentary — or acute — stress influences health while people go about their daily lives. Researchers at Wayne State University recently published the study, “The Relationship of Chronic and Momentary Work Stress to Cardiac Reactivity in Female Managers: Feasibility of a Smart Phone-Assisted Assessment System,” in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, which looked...

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Scanning Babies’ Fingerprints Could Save Lives

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Scanning Babies’ Fingerprints Could Save Lives

(Image courtesy of Michigan State University) By Kim Ward   Each year, 2.5 million children die worldwide because they don’t receive life-saving vaccinations at the appropriate time. Michigan State University Professor Anil Jain is developing a fingerprint-based recognition method to track vaccination schedules for infants and toddlers that will increase immunization coverage and save lives. To increase coverage, the vaccines must be recorded and tracked. The traditional tracking method is for parents to keep a paper document. But in...

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U.S.-China Clean Vehicles Consortium Works on Transition to Less Polluting Cars and Trucks

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U.S.-China Clean Vehicles Consortium Works on Transition to Less Polluting Cars and Trucks

(Photo courtesy of the University of Michigan) By Bruno Vanzieleghem Everyone knows about America’s long-standing love affair with the automobile. But with its on-going economic transformation, Chinese car sales are on track to create a highway vehicle count that surpasses that of the United States by 2035. Both nations now face the climate change threat and other environmental impacts posed by this burgeoning population of vehicles, and to counteract them, both are working on a transition to an electrified vehicle fleet. Although the...

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