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TechTwilight 2015 was held at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum on May 15. The event featured entrepreneurs from around the region showcasing their innovations and inspiring young minds to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Attendees enjoyed an evening of activities, demonstrations and hands-on invention presented by companies and schools throughout Southeast Michigan.
Most golfers will admit there’s always room for improvement in their game, and the same holds true when it comes to attracting a younger generation to the links. According to the Washington Post, the number of golfers between the ages of 18 and 30 has declined by 35 percent in the last 10 years. Likewise, sales of clubs and golf-related clothing were down 28 percent in 2014 for TaylorMade-Adidas Golf, the world’s largest maker of clubs and clothes.
As the saying goes, the eyes are windows to the soul. As it turns out, they’re also windows to a person’s health. That’s the basic idea behind OcuSciences, an Ann Arbor, MI, based company set up to license and commercialize technology developed at the University of Michigan’s Kellogg Eye Center.
They may not realize it, but many motorists on Interstate 75 just north of Detroit are getting a glimpse of the future: a black Chrysler 300, essentially driving itself, that regularly plies the highway. There are people in the car, to be sure. But they are engineers monitoring performance and providing human intervention only as a backup. The car is watching the road, steering, controlling speed and maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles.
Dr. Betty Chu has been a driven leader since she first went to school. Whether she was guiding the marching band as a drum major in high school, dominating the volleyball court as an undergraduate or excelling in math and science to enter an accelerated medical school program, she knew what she wanted to do and where she wanted to go next.
Technology may bring convenience to our homes, but pieces from the past add character. For those looking to do some antique shopping in Southeast Michigan, here are a handful of local sources to get you started on your quest.
Jazz up your summer with six truly unique Michigan destinations. Some vacationers enjoy visiting the same beloved spot year after year. But if you’ve got that “been there, done that” feeling, here are six off-the-beaten-path attractions you just might add to your list of Michigan favorites.
What’s a road-trip without some special treats to ease the backseat boredom? Fortunately for travelers, Michigan has no shortage of sweet stops, from familiar chocolate-rich spots like Sanders and Kilwins to the many Mackinac Island fudge shops and ice cream parlors that dot the state.
How are the welfare of puppies and Oakland University’s (OU’s) new Engineering Center connected? The answer lies in a new approach to teaching, learning, collaborating and reaching out to the business and nonprofit communities.
As many as 300,000 people in the United States are diagnosed each year with severe aortic stenosis, a condition in which the aortic valve does not open fully, decreasing blood flow from the heart to the body. Aortic stenosis may be related to age, a buildup of calcium deposits that causes narrowing, radiation therapy, medications or a history of high cholesterol. Although open-heart surgery is the treatment of choice for aortic stenosis, approximately one-third of patients with this disease are not candidates for the surgery, but they may benefit from minimally invasive heart valve replacement options, such as the Sapien transcatheter aortic valve.
In September, Automation Alley launched 7Cs™ Second Stage, the next phase of the highly successful 7Cs™ program for advanced manufacturing entrepreneurs.
When most community colleges opened their doors 50 years ago, they were expected to be everything to everyone. They offered courses and programs open to all who were seeking or exploring higher education opportunities. During this time, community colleges quickly grew in size and scope, offering degrees and certificates in numerous career fields and university transfer degrees focused on business, science and liberal arts.
A dishwasher ad from the 1930s presents a housewife’s fantasy: a frowning man in an apron washes dishes as his wife lounges in the background, reading the newspaper. “If husbands had to do the dishes,” the copy suggests, “His Majesty” would pick up the phone and order a dishwasher from the Conover Company.
Some 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a disorder that creates blockage of the airway during sleep, causing shallow breathing or pauses in breathing. Many of these individuals fail to be tested because they’re unwilling or unable to participate in a sleep lab. But now, Spud Software, a custom software development company in Grand Blanc, MI, has created a new app that it claims will revolutionize testing for sleep apnea.