A favorite place of exploration for Knight-Wallace Fellows, the state-of-the-art Duderstadt Center is a hands-on production facility that provides U-M faculty and students with “the tools and collaborative space for creating the future.” Housing leading-edge computing and production equipment and technology (off limits to the public), the Duderstadt provides the chance to learn everything from basic broadcast production skills to advanced computer-assisted design – even the ability to render three-dimensional sculptures.
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The University of Michigan Depression Center is the first ever multi-disciplinary center dedicated to research, education, and treatment of depressive and bipolar illnesses. It brings together world-class resources of the U-M Health System and almost all of the University’s schools and colleges – recognizing that depression affects or is affected by virtually all other disciplines. It has been able to thus develop a unique and unified approach to diagnosing, understanding, treating and eventually preventing depression.
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Institute for Social Research
The Institute for Social Research is dedicated to pursuing “social science in the public interest.” An invaluable resource to the University and the world beyond, ISR conducts what it describes as “high quality social science research” and disseminates its findings. Dedicated to training future generations of social scientists, ISR’s strength lies in its dedication to institutional and organizational diversity. ISR houses a number of fascinating initiatives rife for exploration: the Center for Political Studies, the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, the Population Studies Center, the Research Center for Group Dynamics, and the Survey Research Center.
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Life Sciences Institute
U-M’s Life Sciences Institute brings together outstanding scientists from a wide range of life science disciplines to focus collaboratively on the biological problems of human health. As with so many other U-M departments, LSI makes the most of the University’s strong interdisciplinary approach and considers itself a bridge between life science and areas such as medicine, public health, engineering, law and business. LSI also houses the Center for Chemical Genomics, which uses robotic screening “to explore biological questions with the power of chemical diversity.”
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The University of Michigan has a wealth of libraries catering to virtually every area of interest, no matter how obscure. There are nearly 20 specialized University libraries, including those dedicated to dentistry, fine arts, government documents, maps, music, social work, public health, special collections and even papyrology. The Shapiro Undergraduate Library and the Hatcher Graduate Library, both centrally located, are pre-eminent resources to which Fellows enjoy full access.
U-M’s Law Library – ranked number four in the nation by National Jurist magazine – is a resource not only for students and faculty, but also for lawyers, judges and international scholars. The collection is comprehensive. It covers Anglo-American, foreign, comparative and international law. It offers legislation and court reports from all U.S. jurisdictions, apart from also being one of the more serene spots on campus for passing a quiet afternoon.
In addition, there are nine independent libraries on campus. These include the famous William L. Clements Library, which houses an extraordinary collection of original documents – rare books, manuscripts, maps, photographs – from throughout American history. The Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum offers archival materials on US domestic issues, foreign relations and political affairs during the cold war era.
In addition to benefiting from the physical locations of these libraries and more, Fellows enjoy the extensive on-line resources available throughout the U-M library system.
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