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.
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.
Yasamin Kusunoki was a young girl growing up in California when she made an observation that stayed with her.
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.
These days, the energy buzzing around Marouane Kessentini, associate professor of computer and information science, is hard to miss.
Kimberly Dowdell can still remember the finer details of her two childhood homes in Detroit.
In some ways, DeLean Tolbert’s life at UM-Dearborn looks a lot different today than it did when she was an undergraduate there.
Danielle Potts teaches biology to about 180 students every week at the University of Michigan-Flint. The lecturer encourages her students to get involved in research and learn first-hand what it takes to become an environmental problem solver.
As editor of the Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing, Phil Christman does not bat an eyelash at the idea of bringing the arts to prisoners in Michigan.
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.
Barb Hiltz understands the healing power of a wedding dress.
For 20 years, Line van Nieuwstadt has blended work and family, and life in and outside of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She’s now teaching her students how to do the same.
From Guatemala to Bosnia and Herzegovina to a refugee camp in Kenya, Michelle Bellino works with youth in conflict-affected sites across the world.
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.