Nesha Haniff is first and foremost a teacher.
She has educated women in the Caribbean about their bodies, low-literate populations in South Africa, the United States and the Caribbean about HIV, and conducted discussions with schoolgirls in Belleville and Muslim girls at Central Academy in Ann Arbor about gender consciousness.
During a trip to Indonesia in 1971, Susan Walton fell in love with not only the music, but with the culture and the language.
Walton, lecturer IV in the Residential College and in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, now draws upon this experience as an ethnomusicologist with research interests in Javanese gamelan music.
Arthur Lupia uses his expertise in communication and persuasion to enable students, politicians and CEOs to achieve success in a wide range of personal and social endeavors.
When Ashley Lucas' father was sent to prison, "it was earth-shattering."
While gazing out the third-floor window at the University Health Service, Dr. Susan Ernst recalls her life purpose: "I feel like advancing reproductive care for women and working to promote the dignity of all women, particularly those challenged with physical and cognitive disabilities, is my calling."
After 50 years of teaching at the University of Michigan, Professor Raoul Kopelman calls Michigan home. However, it all began in Israel.
It could have been genetics. Maybe just serendipity.
Whatever it was that lit the flame of rhythm and improvisation, Michael Gould, professor of music (percussion) at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, strives to start or fan such a fire in his students.
Family is important to Dr. Paul Fine.
Nestled within a cozy corner of the labyrinthine Taubman Health Care Center, pictures of family and friends smile down from frames dotting every surface of his office. Besides loving his own family, he loves being a doctor of internal medicine and seeing patients over the course of their lives.
Tiffany Ng's first year as university carillonist at Burton Tower is nearly done, and she's excited about her students' achievements.
"I didn't realize how exhilarating it is," says Ng (pronounced "ing") — particularly when student Isaac Levine earned a carillon composition honor in a Yale University contest.
In 2013, parents of a 5-month-old child were told that it was unlikely that their son, who suffered from a condition known as tracheobronchomalacia, would live to leave the hospital.
Today, from a desk full of 3-D printed models, Scott Hollister picks up a small splint that saved that child's life.
Janie Paul took her lifelong desire to make art with people living on the margins of society to create a novel culture at the University of Michigan.
School of Natural Resources and Environment Professor Ivette Perfecto has spent more than 20 years studying the ecology of coffee farms.
Standing in front of her class, Georgina Hickey asks students to list civil rights activists who were women.
The students respond loud and strong. "Ella Baker." "Fannie Lou Hamer." "Rosa Parks." But after a few names, the responses trail off.
In 1972, sociology lecturer Dwight Lang became the first in his family to graduate from college.
Today, as part of the First Gen College Students @ Michigan group, he advises students who are the first to do so in theirs.
From a young age, Dr. Kaushik Choudhuri was fascinated by science.
"My early interest in science stems from reading my father's subscription to Scientific American and watching reruns of Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos' as a child," he recalls.
As a little girl, Michelle McClellan would carefully place her Barbie dolls in a shoebox and pretend they were the Ingalls family, heading west for adventure in a dusty covered wagon.
Christopher Ruf has been working with NASA since he helped develop the technology for Hurricane Hunter airplanes in his graduate school days.
Professionally, Residential College Lecturer Sarah Messer's work involves writing, mentoring students and uniting the local poetry community.
But in her free time, she can be found milking goats and catching their kids as they're birthed at the Buddhist farm and creamery, White Lotus Farms.
Long before the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, the doubly devastating impact of ISIS in the Middle East was felt in Ann Arbor by U-M researcher Geoff Emberling.
First, communications he's had over 12 years with a Syrian family have fallen silent.
When living in extreme poverty, people make use of whatever assets they have as a means of survival, whether it means selling plasma, junk yard scrapping, food stamps or sex just to get by.