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December 18, 2018

Faculty Spotlight

December 3, 2018

Taubman assistant professor uses architecture to help children with autism

When Sean Ahlquist’s daughter, Ara, was younger, he would hold her hands and vigorously swing her around in circles.

The little one loved the game. Her intense happiness and the communication of that enjoyment were key to building a social bond, a challenge for Ara as she lives with autism and struggles with being nonverbal.

September 4, 2018

Art & Design professor aims to make technology more personable

When most people think of a cyborg, they may think of a half-human, half-machine hybrid akin to Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Terminator.”

Sophia Brueckner would argue a bit differently about what being a cyborg means, as she considers herself to be one.

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.

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