News and Feature Stories


  • Fabrication Underground! – a photo tour of the DC’s new 3D printing and fabrication space
    Fabrication Underground is an all new space designed and constructed to provide the U-M community with access to the latest 3D printing technologies, software, and other fabrication resources to transform ideas into physical reality. In addition to several new, advanced 3D printers, 3D scanners, a 60 watt laser cutter, and CNC printed circuit board cutter, […]

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  • Voting Day in the DC Gallery
    Hundreds of students filled the halls of the Duderstadt Center prepared to register and vote in the special DC Gallery polling location on Election Day 2022 See a short video of the line of students committed to add their votes! The turnout marks the success of the Creative Campus Voting Project and its Vote 2022 […]

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  • Vote 2022
    Recently in the DC Gallery: Voting is underway at the Duderstadt Center Gallery October 12 – November 8 The Duderstadt Center Gallery has been transformed into a one-stop election hub on North Campus for the four weeks leading up to the November 8th midterm elections. The Creative Campus Voting Project has designed a satellite Ann […]

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  • Ballot Wayfinder/A2 City Clerk’s Office at the DC
    Ann Arbor City Clerk’s Office and Creative Campus Voting Project “Ballot Wayfinder” at the Duderstadt Center October 12 – November 8 Weds-Thurs: 12-6pm  Fridays : 12-4pm Monday, October 24, 12-6pm (last day to register to vote by mail or online in MI) Election Day November 8, 8am-8pm Mon-Friday, 12-6pm for those interested in the accompanying […]

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  • Photo Essay: The DC gives Detroit high school students a glimpse of what their future could hold
    “I can see myself being here.” “I didn’t know you could do this in college.” These were some of the comments made by 21 high school students after their tour of the Duderstadt Center and the advanced digital media technologies managed by the Digital Media Commons staff. This, from many students who had never considered […]

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  • “Sing My Song” – School of Music, Theatre & Dance project brings the vision of renowned operatic baritone, Thomas Hampson, and Detroit high school students together in song
    “In song, you have one of the most amazing diaries of any generation’s culture at a given time.” That statement, by Thomas Hampson, one of the world’s most renowned operatic baritones, is central to his vision of education and artistic research, and the impetus for a collaboration with the U-M School of Music, Theatre & […]

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  • Technology collaborations that touch every aspect of the U-M experience.
    A partnership between the Digital Media Commons’ Visualization Studio and Michigan Health enables rehabilitation patients to create and explore new virtual worlds. Donn Hilker, Clinical Director for the University of Michigan Health Rehabilitation Engineering Program, leads a team who use engineering and new technologies to increase the functional capabilities and quality of life of individuals […]

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  • A new frontier: Preserving computer and video games at the U-M Library
    (Note: as of June, 2022, the CVGA will be moving to the Shapiro Library. Updates will be announced on the U-M Library Computer and Video Game Archive page) Among the many unique resources that make the Duderstadt Center so special is the Computer and Video Games Archives, part of the U-M Art, Architecture and Engineering […]

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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