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Amanda Krugliak
University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities / lsa.umich.edu

Literature and the arts--collectively known as the humanities--are an essential part of our culture from a local to a global level.  In this week's "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich talk about how the humanities affect our world view and understanding with Amanda Krugliak, the arts curator and assistant director of arts programming at the University of Michigan's Institute for the Humanities.


Rita Loch-Caruso
University of Michigan School of Public Health / umich.edu

Chemicals known as PFAs have found their way in Washtenaw County's drinking water, and that can lead to numerous health and environmental problems.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks about this situation with Dr. Rita Loch-Caruso, toxicologist and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan.


Townie Street Party
Courtesy Photo / towniestreetparty.com

It's a special week in Ann Arbor.  It's Art Fair week which kicks off tonight with a special gathering for residents with the "Townie Street Party."


LEO
Lecturers' Employee Organization / leounion.org

The University of Michigan Lecturers' Employee Organization voted to approve a new contract agreement.  The new agreement was reached in late June following eight months of negotiations.  

University of Michigan
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Bargaining will resume Monday on a new contract for some 6,000 nurses working at the University of Michigan hospital.  A special rally and informational picket is planned for Saturday to show support for the nurses' union.


Richard Rood
University of Michigan / umich.edu

The heat wave continues in Washtenaw County, Southeast Michigan, and a majority of the country.  While every summer brings its hot spells, you can expect greater periods of unpredictable and potentially more destructive weather events.  In this week’s edition of "Issues of the Environment," WEMU’s David Fair and University of Michigan professor Dr. Richard Rood explore the adaptive attitudes and actions necessary for our future. 


Jesse Meria

After stops as managing director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia and as president of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Mathew Van Besien chose Ann Arbor.  He left what many consider to be the cultural hub of the world to become the 7th president of UMS, the University Musical Society.  He began the job on July 1st of 2017 and, with an eye to the future, spent time reflecting on his first year in town and on the job. 


University of Michigan
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The contract covering registered nurses working at the University of Michigan health system has expired, but they remain on the job.  Contract talks are scheduled to resume in one week.


Families Belong Together
Families Belong Together / familiesbelongtogether.org

The Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights and the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice will host a "Families Belong Together" rally on Saturday.


Algal Blooms
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Algal blooms are common in the Great Lakes in the summertime, but they may be more dangerous than originally believed.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks with Dr. Andrew Ault, assistant professor at the University of Michigan's departments of environmental health sciences and chemistry, about a study that determined that algal blooms can become airborne, and, therefore, become a public hazard.


Michigan Theater
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Another Cinetopia is in the books, but there's still plenty to talk about in the world of film.  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's David Fair sits down with Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins to talk about the movie business and the newest flicks hitting theaters this weekend.


Lisa Barry

Ann Arbor’s world-renowned Peony garden has peaked for the season but there is still plenty of color and flowers to be seen at the University of Michigan garden.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry has the update…


Lisa Barry

Michigan is known as the “Great Lakes State” with a lot of focus on water, but many people may not realize there are numerous prairie fields here including in Washtenaw County.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry takes you to some of the area’s “large open grasslands” hidden in plain sight…


Allergies
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For those who experience seasonal allergies, this year could be particularly bad, and climate change may be partially to blame.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair sits down with Dr. Daniel Katz, postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health, and they discuss the implications and where current and future research may lead. 


Lisa Barry

From utility boxes to manhole covers, Ann Arbor is known for having a great deal of public art in some unusual places.

Now there’s a new work of art on the recently reconstructed Stadium Boulevard, and 89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry takes you there to meet the artist as he finished the project in a public space in Ann Arbor…


LEO
Courtesy Photo / Lecturers' Employee Organization

As contract negotiations continue for the University of Michigan lecturer's union, a "protest picnic" is planned for this afternoon in advance of today's Board of Regents meeting.


Evan Dougherty

A new way of detecting cancerous tumors is being researched by a University of Michigan professor that could someday replace the notoriously uncomfortable mammogram.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry spoke with University of Michigan biomedical engineering professor Greg Thurber about this new process.


Pexels

Getting older can be difficult for some women.

But 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry reports on a new study out of the University of Michigan that found for the majority of women, the older they got, the less stress they experienced!


Gregory Keoleian
University of Michigan / umich.edu

Self-driving vehicles are meant to be the future of transportation, but there's much more to learn about how they could affect the environment.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Dr. Gregory Keoleian, director of the Center for Sustainable Systems at U-M's School for Environment and Sustainability, about a new study regarding the potential impacts of Connected Autonomous Vehicles.


LEO
Lecturers' Employee Organization / leounion.org

University of Michigan's lecturers are planning to go on strike next week, if they can't get a new contract by Sunday.

Martin Heller
University of Michigan Center for Sustainable Systems / umich.edu

The UM Center for Sustainable Systems recently published research findings that 46% of total food-based, greenhouse gas emissions in America come  from the diets of just one-fifth of the population.  In this week’s "Issues of the Environment," 89.1 WEMU’s David Fair talks with lead researcher Martin Heller about the research process and his findings. 


Garlin Gilchrist
University of Michigan School of Information / umsi.info/csmr

With millions of users, the social media site Facebook has been under scrutiny recently after it was learned they were monetizing user data.  WEMU's Lisa Barry speaks to Garlin Gilchrist II from the Center of Social Media Responsibility at the University of Michigan's School of Information about the best ways to protect your information on social media.


University of Michigan

The names of two University of Michigan buildings named after controversial historic figures could soon be changing.


David MacGregor

This week, Art and Soul is about the performing arts activities in Washtenaw County.  Local writer and reviewer Jenn McKee joins 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry and special guest playwright David MacGregor to talk about his new play opening soon at Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea.


Lisa Barry

Thriving at work is crucial to many people's sense of well-being.  People are spending more and more time in the workplace and Dr. Gretchen Spreitzer, faculty director for the Center For Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, says it is ever more important to who we are as individuals to feel fulfilled at work.  She says we spend so much time on the job now, it's about more than just earning a paycheck for many people.


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