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April 20, 2019

Faculty Spotlight

April 8, 2019

SEAS research scientist aims to unite art and science

From an early age, Sara Adlerstein understood that her passion for art was not limited to painting.

“I was into so many things,” said Adlerstein, associate research scientist in the School for Environment and Sustainability. “Dancing, drawing, cooking, writing poetry. Anything about expressing and connecting.”

February 11, 2019

Medical School associate professor helps those who lose babies

From the time he was 5 years old, Irv Leon has intimately witnessed the trauma and grief left behind after the loss of a child.

In the mid-1950s, after his 8-year-old older brother unexpectedly died of ulcers, grief became an integral part of Leon’s world.

January 21, 2019

Professor’s work focuses on molecules key to curing diseases

Growing up in Germany, Nils G. Walter formed a positive, but secondhand, impression of the United States.

His father had been a prisoner of war in Texas who often told Walter about the kindness of Americans and T-bone steaks the size of dinner plates.

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.

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