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January 18, 2018

Faculty Spotlight

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.

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.


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