I found this to be such an interesting story. The University of Michigan has put together a detailed resource that covers one of the most devastating epidemics of the modern era, and it's not designed just for the medical or academic communities. Learn more about The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919: A Digital Encyclopedia in a piece that I wrote for Examiner.com.
I just wrote an article for Examiner.com about the great work of the University Research Corridor (URC), which is comprised of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University. The URC has been a major force in the state of Michigan, so I was pleased to give it attention.
My wife and photographer extraordinaire, Mary Potts, has created an amazing book on an important, though under-explored, subject: The Horses of Greenfield Village. Huron River Press is the publisher, and Mary collaborated on the book with our friend, Pamela K. Smith, who wrote its highly informative text. Mary photographed -- in all four seasons -- the impressive Percheron and Morgan horses who live and work in the Village, and the results are spectacular, as seen in approximately 300 images.
Earlier today (April 30), Mary and Pamela were guests on the the The Craig Fahle Show, heard on WDET-FM in Detroit, and their engaging interview is found about 75% of the way into the podcast available on the radio station website. Check out this conversation.
The book is already being sold at The Henry Ford gift shops -- located in the Museum and in the Village -- and online. On June 9, there will be autographed copies of the book available at the venue's William Ford Barn, after which the book will be released nationally, including to Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
In conjunction with the opening night of the 50th Ann Arbor Film Festival, I wrote a piece last night on my Examiner.com page about the University of Michigan's ongoing involvement with this peerless celebration of independent and experimental film. Please check out the article, and then make plans to attend AAFF, which I've always found a riveting experience. In the spirit of full disclosure, I need to point out that my wife is a photographer at the event for the second straight year.
To learn more about the festival, read a post from earlier this month and an interview I conducted with AAFF Executive Director, Donald Harrison (pictured left), in 2009.
I always enjoy reading Lake Superior State University's annual list of banished words. The 2012 edition has some terrific selections, like "trickeration," which I've heard some NFL and college football announcers use far too often. "Ginormous" is another fine choice, and I'll bet someone has managed to use both in one sentence.
U-M has a remarkable women's gymnastics team, and congratulations to them not only for a terrific season, but also for qualifying last night for the NCAA Championships. Read all about it in an article I wrote today for Examiner.com.
Hopefully you saw this article on my Examiner.com page about the high ranking the University of Michigan received in Kiplinger's "Best Values in Public Colleges 2011" list, but if not, please take a look, and...Go Blue!