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The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (U-M or U of M) is a coeducational public research university in the US state of Michigan. It functioned as the headquarters of the DHARMA Initiative. ("The Variable")

Both Karen DeGroot and Gerald DeGroot were doctoral candidates at the University when they established the DHARMA Initiative in 1970 with funding from the Hanso Foundation. (Swan Orientation Film)  (Pearl Orientation Film)

Daniel Faraday worked there from 1974 to 1977. ("The Variable")

Other references

  • During the DJ Dan podcast of 7/05, a listener by the name of Anthony called in to say that his grandmother had joined a cult called the "KARMA Imperative" while attending the University. According to Anthony, she was taken to an unknown location in the South Pacific in the early 70's (called the Flame or the Fire) and was never heard from again.
  • During the video of July 26, 2008 at Comic Con, Dr. Pierre Chang said he's the professor of Theoretical Astrophysics from the University of Michigan.
  • Enrico Fermi's famous equation was on Daniel's chalkboard in "The Constant". In 1933 Enrico Fermi taught a course in Quantum Electrodymanics at The University of Michigan. His celebrated article "Review of Modern Physics" was based on this course. [1]
  • When discussing about what to do with the prisoner (Sayid), Radzinsky suggests to contact Ann Arbor. ("He's Our You")
  • Pierre Chang tells Miles that the scientists that come to the island on the submarine were from Ann Arbor. ("Some Like It Hoth")


The University of Michigan is widely regarded in academia as a leader in quantitative methods in social science, focused around the Institute for Social Research (ISR). [2] The thrust of the "Michigan approach" is to look for empirical, quantifiable approaches to understanding social and psychological phenomena that were hitherto studied using more "soft" techniques.

At the time of the Dharma Initiative's founding, the University of Michigan had a number of significant defense research efforts housed at the Willow Run Laboratories. These classified projects were spun off in 1972 to the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM), which subsequently had a long and profitable history as an innovator in radar and other forms of remote sensing technologies in which mathematics and mathematicians played an essential role. ERIM's assets were sold and the organization essentially went out of business only a few years after the Purge.

External links

  • Turniphead Lost podcast based at the U of M.
  • U of M website.

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