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Science in the News – Week of May 3

Young Boy Recovers From 3D Printed Tracheal Splint Implant
Young Boy Recovers From 3D Printed Tracheal Splint Implant

Science in the news, headlines from across Michigan. Stay engaged and see what’s happening in science today that will make a difference tomorrow. 

3D Printing (Medicine):

Three young boys became the first in the world to benefit from groundbreaking 3D printed devices that helped keep their airways open, restored their breathing and saved their lives at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Researchers have closely followed their cases to see how well the bioresorable splints implanted in all three patients have worked, publishing the promising results in a recent issue of Science Translational Medicine. (UofM Health Systems)

Safe Water

It is estimated that one in nine people globally lack access to safe water. Michigan State University researchers are looking to fill that critical need and provide safe drinking water to the most remote locations in the world with a new foam water filter that significantly reduces dangerous pathogens in drinking water. (MSU Today)


Yes, there was an earthquake in Michigan yesterday. (USGS Earthquake Hazards Program)


“Made in Michigan” times three: First clinical trials begin for drug developed at U-M and licensed to a U-M spinoff based on campus. Lycera drug will be tested in Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis patients even as cooperative research continues with U-M Medical School teams (UofM Health Systems)


The Dow Chemical Co. will expand the Dow U.S. apprenticeship program to include Michigan military veterans in 2015. Dow said expanding the program is part of its commitment to the uniformed services, and demonstrates the company’s confidence that those who have served in the military bring a strong foundation of discipline, commitment and respect to civilian careers. (Midland Daily News)

Social Science:

Sustainability scholar and University Distinguished Professor Jianguo “Jack” Liu has become the first from Michigan State University to be elected to the American Philosophical Society — the oldest “learned society” in the United States. The society, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources and community outreach.  (MSU Today)


  • Today the National Science Board (NSB) announced that James Duderstadt will receive its prestigious Vannevar Bush Award. Duderstadt, president emeritus and University Professor of science and engineering at the University of Michigan (UM), is being recognized for his leadership in science and technology and his substantial contributions to the welfare of the nation through public service activities in science, technology and public policy. (National Science Foundation)
  • Zane Crawford, an MSU Honors College senior majoring in electrical engineering, has earned a Computational Science Graduate Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy. The fellowship is administered by the Krell Institute and supports approximately 70 students who are pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems. (MSU Today)
Story excerpts are sourced from their links and edited for clarity.
Image Credit: University of Michigan Health Systems

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