Posts on December 2018

CVGA Disassembled and Revamped

CVGA Disassembled main image

To help conclude our 10th anniversary celebrations, we wanted to highlight an online exhibit that we originally put together five years ago called CVGA Disassembled. It summarizes many of the different generations of game systems, and how they've evolved since they first became popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It also takes a look at how game systems have evolved on the inside, including several images of partially disassembled game systems in each game generation.

New Displays for December

Artificial or Not?

There are two new book displays available to peruse on the 2nd floor of the Duderstadt Center, highlighting the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library collection. The first display is from our comics collection, and is themed on Robots. Similarly, the second display is from our general collection, and is entitled "Artificial or Not?" It highlights books and videos involving robotics, artificial intelligence and the like.

Student Spotlight: Chris Karounos

1. What brought you to the Shapiro Design Lab? I was first introduced to the Shapiro Design Lab two years ago when the director, Justin Schell, served as my mentor for a U-M Library mini-grant project. Justin’s mentorship of our misfit group of wide-eyed, wanna-be social entrepreneurs was nothing short of pivotal to keeping our group together through our first pitch competition, Innovation in Action. In 2017, Justin told me that the next year he would be starting a graduate student residency...

An Underfit Overview of Machine Learning

Machine learning is changing the world around us and it will continue to dramatically shape our future. Complex computer algorithms are slowly starting to define our interactions with vehicles, social media, and Netflix. That’s right, even the shows Netflix recommends for you are, in part, the result of a complex machine learning algorithm. Despite the omnipresence of machine learning in the world around us, the mystique that surrounds these two words is palpable. Many people forfeit trying...

New Exhibit | Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Special Collections Research Center is pleased to announce a new exhibit celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Visit the Special Collections Exhibit Gallery in our 6th floor space (660J Hatcher South) to see the exhibit, Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Linocuts by Meredith Stern, on view now through February 1, 2019.

Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny

Cover of Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny

In the latest entry in Louise Penny's popular mystery series, Armand Gamache, former head of the Sûreté de Québec, now living in the tiny village of Three Pines, is named as the executor of the will of a woman he's never met. Soon afterwards, the body of her oldest son is found in a collapsed farmhouse. Gamache's investigation of the murder uncovers secrets, including a long-lasting family feud. Meanwhile, Gamache searches for a deadly drug he allowed to slip through, and...

December Shapiro Lobby Book Display

Best Books of 2018

Did the busy school year eat up all your time for leisure reading? No problem! The Shapiro Book Display will feature some of 2018's most popular reads, so you can still catch up on the books everyone's been talking about in the past year. Have a great winter break, and Happy New Year!

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