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.
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.
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.
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.
Even though he studies cuneiform and ancient Mesopotamian culture, Jay Crisostomo advocates for the use of technology in the humanities to aid scholarship.
According to retired ambassador Melvyn Levitsky, being a professor of practice requires infusing stimulating scholarly material with real-life experience.
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.
With accusations of "fake news" prevalent across the media, Jo Angela Oehrli's work on improving students' data and information literacy is more important than ever.
Carla Sinopoli understands the social obligation and rewards of invigorating the museum experience for both patrons and academics.
In research, symbols are important. Parentheses enclose and set off material from the main text. Superscript numbers signify a footnote. And, in Ron Stockton's research, a dash indicates a lifetime.
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.
Jamie Moshin's work focuses on rhetorical analysis of a variety of media, from humorous memorializations of the Holocaust, to Jewish Americans performing hip-hop and reggae.
For Robert Buckingham, hospice is more than a place to die. He is one of the founding fathers of hospice in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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."