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PZ Myers, despite being at a large Midwestern state school, has decided to pick on my current academic home, the University of Michigan. Why, you ask? Well, yes, a few students are doing something rather silly. Engineering senior Israel Vicars didn’t think it was a coincidence when he walked by a drunken girl who had…

University of Michigan Interviews Me!

A few months back, I was interviewed for the University of Michigan’s med school magazine “Medicine at Michigan,” which made me feel like quite the star seeing as how I had my picture taken in dramatical black and white. The interview, which just came out, was about the “kerfuffle” with the fair use copyright-fight I…

Much Ado About Footbaths

I came across a story on Digg.com that describes an interesting dilemma for universities: how to reconcile the needs of their students while maintaining delineations of church and state. Specifically, the University of Michigan-Dearborn (I go to the main campus in Ann Arbor) has come under criticism for plans to install two footbaths, at a…

An interesting article (“Why You Rarely See Your Professors In Church“) which appeared in the University of Michigan student paper was forwarded to me by its author, Kingson Man. Its tagline went something like this: Studies show that professors are three times more likely to be atheists or agnostics than the rest of the population.…

Domestic Violence in Chimps

Researchers have recently discovered that male chimps routinely physically abuse female chimps, sometimes even using branches as weapons. But, why would they do that? Chimps don’t form monogamous pairs; rather, mating is dictated by the females’ estrus cycles. During estrus, the competition for access to these few fertile females is intense. The leading theory, albeit…

In the February issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, U-M researcher Liangyou Rui, Ph.D. and his team report their findings on a protein called SH2B1, a protein in brain cells may act as a linchpin in the body’s weight-regulating system. It seems to play a key role in signaling in regards to fat storage,…

This news is of ill portent to UM, and right before the big Ohio State game?? Bo Schembechler, a former head coach here, is a legend to UM football. He used to be a OSU assistant coach, and dying today just seems like a really bad sign. I mean, if you believed in that kinda…