News & Events


  • 01/14/20

    Earth Day at 50

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, first held in 1970, and the University of Michigan’s Earth Day at 50 initiative is organizing campus-wide activities to celebrate this formative event in the history of sustainability and continue its crucial mission. Numerous events are planned at U-M and…

  • 12/08/19

    Nobel Symposium 2019

    Presented by the U-M Center for the Study of Complex Systems, this afternoon symposium on Tuesday, December 10, will feature eight U-M faculty members discussing the work, impact and personality of this year’s seven Nobel Laureates. Students are encouraged to attend this free event, which is also open to the public….

  • 11/30/19

    Energy Rebound Effect of Connected & Automated Vehicles

    On Thursday December 5, associate professor Ming Xu will give a talk on how future connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) might “backfire” in terms of energy consumption. Modeling studies by Xu and his doctoral student Morteza Taiebat show that even though CAVs offer efficiency gains, the resulting convenience and personal…

  • 11/19/19

    New control strategies for fuel cells: dissertation defense by Alireza Goshtasbi

    On Monday, November 25 at 11:00 am, Ph.D. candidate Alireza Goshtasbi will present “Modeling, Parameter Identification, and Degradation-Conscious Control of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells,” as the public defense of his dissertation for the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Hydrogen fueled PEM cells offer a zero-emission alternative to the internal…

  • 11/12/19

    Energy Transitions and the Trump Administration

    On Thursday, November 21 at noon, Professor Alexandra Klass from University of Minnesota Law School will speak on “U.S. Energy Transitions in the Trump Administration.” She will discuss recent developments in U.S. energy law, policy, economics and technology in light of the dramatic policy shifts announced by President Trump and his…

  • 11/06/19

    “Paris to Pittsburg” film screening and panel discussion

    Coming up on November 12 is a free screening of the National Geographic documentary, “Paris to Pittsburgh.” This film captures the current state of the national debate over America’s energy future, examining how progress is being made in communities across the country in spite of U.S. political leaders’ decision to…

  • 11/03/19

    Can we make nuclear energy relevant in time to mitigate climate change?

    This week’s NERS Colloquium will feature Ning Li of the Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation, which is commercializing “Nuclear Energy 2.0” with fundamentally safe and manufactured systems that lower costs and can restore public confidence in the technology. Dr. Li will discuss how researchers and industry can rejuvenate nuclear power quickly…

  • 10/30/19

    Learning from Community Reactions to Wind Energy

    At this week’s NERS Colloquium, Sarah Mills of the Ford School will discuss her recent research that examines the disparate community responses to wind energy projects. Lessons from her research findings can apply to nuclear energy as as another potential climate solution. Sarah will highlight the importance of procedural justice…

  • 10/22/19

    Congressman Ted Deutch to speak on climate change politics

    On Monday, October 28, the University of Michigan Law School will host Congressman Ted Deutch (Class of 1991; D-FL) for a lecture entitled, “Climate Change Politics in Congress: Is a Bi-Partisan Agreement Possible?” Congressman Deutch represents Florida’s 22nd district, home to communities in northern Broward County and southeastern Palm Beach…

  • 10/21/19

    Transportation, Economics, Energy and the Environment (TE3) Conference

    This year’s Conference on Transportation, Economics, Energy and the Environment, held on Friday, October 18, 2019, had over 300 registrants and examined the electrification of transportation worldwide, highlighting developments in the United States and China.