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July 18, 2019

Distinguished University Professors

February 4, 2019

Sanford to explain new ways to make molecules

For the past decade, LSA chemistry professor Melanie S. Sanford has worked to develop greener and more efficient approaches to chemical synthesis — a process integral to nearly every product we interact with in our daily lives, from plastics to fuels.

November 13, 2018

Pharmacy professor to address carbon dioxide’s bad image

Does the much-maligned carbon dioxide, a driving force behind global warming, deserve its bad rap?

In his upcoming Distinguished University Professor lecture, Gordon L. Amidon will explore carbon dioxide from many angles in his talk titled “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.”

February 19, 2018

Thomas to address Detroit's experience planning the 'good city'

Historically, when people talk about developing a good — or even great — city, the focus has been fairly superficial, says June Manning Thomas.

Tall, beautiful buildings and lively business and entertainment districts are important, but they aren't enough.

February 5, 2018

Hero will illustrate common thread of complex networks

Just as we can better understand a complex, historical event through multiple points of view, the relationships between signals at nodes of a network can be used to create a clearer picture of a complicated network.

January 22, 2018

LSA professor to explain why the brain wants what it wants

The Economist magazine calls LSA's Kent Berridge "the neuroscientist who has changed the way we look at desire." That's because Berridge understands how the brain's reward mechanisms work — and why human beings have such insatiable wants.

November 6, 2017

Sarah Thomason will speak on world's vanishing languages

Speakers of the endangered Andean language Aymara view the future as behind us and the past in front of us.

"It's a whole different way of viewing time," said Sarah Thomason, professor of linguistics in LSA. "If Aymara had died before anyone had noticed this, we would never know that humans might classify time that way."

April 10, 2017

Joel Blum will consider the two faces of mercury in lecture

The element mercury has long held a fascination for people.

As the only metal that is liquid at room temperature, "quicksilver" was the star of medieval alchemy, and in recent times has been used in everything from thermometers to batteries, electrical switches, lightbulbs and dental fillings.

March 23, 2017

Omenn lecture to focus on bridging science and policy world

The future of federal science funding and the role of scientific evidence in policymaking has rocketed into the public spotlight in recent weeks. Many who work in science, medicine and engineering may find themselves pondering whether and how to enter the fray.

January 23, 2017

Lectures set for seven Distinguished University Professors

Seven faculty members who have received one of the university's top honors will offer Distinguished University Professor lectures about their work starting Thursday.

Recently appointed DUPs typically offer an inaugural lecture during the first or second full year of their appointments.


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