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March 28, 2017

Faculty Spotlight

March 27, 2017

Gamelan professor demystifies Javanese culture, music

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.

December 5, 2016

U-M gynecologist helps women and children in Ethiopia

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."

October 10, 2016

Family musicians inspire percussion professor's passion for rhythm

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.

October 3, 2016

Medical School professor shares music with family, patients

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.

September 6, 2016

Carillonist says working with students 'exhilarating'

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.

June 20, 2016

Biomedical engineer 3-D prints life-saving splints

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.

February 1, 2016

History professor journeys west for 'Little House'

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.

January 11, 2016

RC lecturer lives by principles of beauty, truth and goodness

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.

November 23, 2015

ISIS threat in Middle East touches Kelsey researcher

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.

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