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August 17, 2018

Faculty Spotlight

June 11, 2018

Film scholar devotes career to music

One of the flagship scholars of her field, Caryl Flinn has devoted her career to studying film music.

"I was always taken by the difficulty in describing the powerful effect of background music and how it enhances your experience of a film," she said.

March 26, 2018

Beekeeper's honey goes into charitable chocolate

When Brian Stork began beekeeping, his intention was to teach his children about farming. What he had not anticipated, was the positive impact his honey would have in West Michigan.

March 19, 2018

Computer scientist enhances health care with data

As hospitals collect more and more patient data, it can be difficult to know how to use it. Jenna Wiens wants to use computer science to transform data into actionable improvements to patient clinical care.

"The data are there. It's a matter of leveraging them and asking the right questions," she said.

March 12, 2018

Stamps duo promotes emerging industrial design field

While industrial design is most associated with commercial applications, Bruce and Stephanie Tharp hope their work in discursive design will help develop the field by promoting the ability for products to communicate ideas and engage people in discourse.

January 22, 2018

South African scholar recounts anti-apartheid work

Yazier Henry's experiences growing up in South Africa, working actively against apartheid state-sanctioned violence, along with his later work with survivors of apartheid have inspired his scholarship.

October 23, 2017

Professor shares work with underrepresented students

Since the early 1990s, Robert Griess Jr. has worked to bring math to marginalized students around Michigan.

Griess, the John Griggs Thompson Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics, wants to inspire kids to find an interest in math, and to understand the importance of the discipline.

September 5, 2017

Sustainability professor talks business, role of academia

Andy Hoffman is in the business of change.

While his research as the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise examines how businesses look at the environment, he hopes to shift people's opinions on how both business and academia can be a force for positive social change.

June 19, 2017

Social work professor brings classroom to Mexican border

For Sherrie Kossoudji, bringing her students to the Mexican border was the teaching opportunity of a lifetime.

Kossoudji, an associate professor of social work at the School of Social Work, has worked over the years to provide her students with an opportunity to travel to the United States-Mexico border.

May 22, 2017

Fibers professor weaves narrative of her career

One glance at the hundreds of colorful fabric scraps scattered throughout Sherri Smith's office, and it's easy to see she's got art projects on her mind.

Smith, the Catherine B. Heller Collegiate Professor of Art, is the first and only tenured fabrics professor at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design.

April 17, 2017

HIV education focus of LSA professor's career

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.

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