News and Feature Stories


  • Piper Payne builds career with experience as Student Consultant in DC/DMC studios
    Piper Payne is a top industry audio-mastering engineer based in Nashville, TN, where she works on albums for independent artists and major labels at the famed Infrasonic Mastering firm. She is a 2009 BFA graduate of the U-M SMTD Performing Arts Technology program and served as a Student Consultant in the DMC’s Media and Studio […]

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  • Why BFS “Classroom” status matters to the mission of the Duderstadt Center
    You may have noticed recent construction activity in the Duderstadt Center. That’s because we have undertaken renovations on all four floors of the building to qualify for status as a classroom building under the standards of the State of Michigan Bureau of Fire Services (BFS). Our building has recently been approved as meeting BFS requirements for […]

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  • Melissa Coppola: “Lights in the Sky”
    Melissa Coppola’s doctoral thesis “Lights in Sky”, a multimedia concert inspired by the cosmos, premiered Sunday, July 11, 2021, 2:30 PM at the Stamps Auditorium, Penny Stamps School of Art and Design on the U-M Ann Arbor Campus “In March 2020, COVID-19 forced me to cancel a space-inspired performance at the Planetarium & Dome Theater […]

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  • Melissa Coppola takes new Video Studio Steinway grand piano into the cosmos
    Update: Wednesday, July 8, 2021 Melissa Coppola’s doctoral thesis “Lights in Sky”, a multimedia concert inspired by the cosmos, premieres Sunday, July 11, 2021, 2:30 PM at the Stamps Auditorium, Penny Stamps School of Art and Design on te U-M Ann Arbor Campus “In March 2020, COVID-19 forced me to cancel a space-inspired performance at […]

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  • Michigan Electric Racing hits top speed in the Video Studio
    Michigan Electric Racing, a student team at the University of Michigan, recently introduced their MER20 high-performance Formula One style electric racing vehicle that will compete in this summer’s international Formula SAE competition. The team’s launch video, produced by student Sean Phelan, was created in the Duderstadt Center Video Studio. […]

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  • Meet the Microbes – a Zoom Webinar
    While many of us have been hunkered down at home, weird and wonderful microbes have been growing in our gallery! Next week, the Microbial Masterpieces team would like to introduce you to them and why this matters to you, and to the planet! You are invited to a Zoom webinar – When: May 19, 2021 […]

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  • CVGA: Courses with Games Studies components
    If you are interested in the roles of games and game theory in academic studies, the University of Michigan is offering a rich variety of game-related courses during the Summer and Fall 2021 terms. Val Waldron, Computer & Video Game Archive Manager, provides an extensive list of U-M courses with game-related academic content: “Game Studies […]

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  • “I’d never seen anything like the list of resources that the DMC was promising”
    “You have to come up into the space to really get a true appreciation for the wealth of resources and the cutting-edge technologies – what it can do for your research, for your pedagogy, for your professional and personal development. No pamphlet can describe or capture what the DMC has to offer you” […]

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  • More than 1,500 register for XR Initiative’s virtual “XR@Michigan Summit”
    A virtual audience from all over the globe came together to hear from industry leaders and innovators talk about how extended reality technology is transforming their work at the first XR@Michigan Summit, organized by University of Michigan’s Extended Reality (XR) Initiative within the Center for Academic Innovation. The two-day virtual conference held in early April […]

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  • Microbial Masterpieces
    “Microbial Masterpieces”, the recipient project of the 2020 Experiments in Translation Grant, is a project devoted to helping people understand the importance of the microbial world through art and science communication.   Winogradsky Panel The project began with the construction a giant Winogradsky panel, an apparatus for culturing diverse communities of microorganisms from pond mud. Over […]

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  • When it rains it pours… pianos?
    The Duderstadt Center (DC) is a prime resource for creative students at the University of Michigan. There are three professional-level audio studios and a 3600 square foot video studio. It is a place where students can make their imaginations come to life. While the largest audio studio, Audio Studio A, has a Steinway grand piano […]

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  • Fabrication Studio Supports Surgical Separation of Conjoined Twins
    U-M Radiologists provided preoperative imaging and worked with UM bioengineers to design lifelike, 3D printed models that helped plan the necessary steps in this difficult surgery. The models were printed using the Stratasys J750™ 3D printer in the Duderstadt Center Fabrication Studio, supported by the studio’s professional staff. From a Press Release by Michigan Health: MICHIGAN MEDICINE […]

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