August 07, 2020

Faculty Spotlight

  1. June 24, 2019

    Spotlight: Medical, public health professor encourages thinking before knowledge

    For Sofia Merajver, age is no indicator of ability. A teaching assistant for her second-grade class at age 7, she received an undergraduate degree six months after immigrating to America at age 19. She’s now a professor of internal medicine and epidemiology promoting a multidisciplinary approach to biomedical research

  2. May 20, 2019

    Stamps professor uses art to address human rights and global culture

    While some scholars rely on written journals and essays to present their research, David Chung uses visual art to convey his work on topics such as diasporic populations and cultural assimilation.

  3. May 6, 2019

    Professor’s varied background helps him teach mindfulness, self-awareness

    Ramaswami Mahalingam has had jobs ranging from dishwasher to poet to structural engineer. Now a professor of psychology and women’s studies, he uses that background in studying how certain lines of work are devalued and workers marginalized, and in his teaching of mindfulness and self-awareness.

  4. April 29, 2019

    Lecturer aims to combat health care disparities in local communities

    During her second week conducting a study on pediatric HIV in Durban, South Africa, Leseliey Welch walked into one of the local hospital rooms to witness a young mother crying over her infant’s crib. “That day is when I realized that health is about more than doctors,” said Welch.

  5. April 22, 2019

    Anthropologist explores water’s role in Mexico City lives

    As a medical anthropologist doing field work in Mexico City’s working-class neighborhoods, Elizabeth Roberts found that water was often less accessible and more expensive than soda. She and her team are studying ways in which the availability of water and residents’ trust in water shapes people’s health and well-being.

  6. April 15, 2019

    Spotlight: Dearborn faculty member’s film explores self-esteem

    Jen Proctor, an associate professor of journalism and screen studies at UM-Dearborn, has created “Am I Pretty?”, a visually minimalistic film that is built around a series of YouTube videos by teens and tweens and which explores how self-esteem can be tied to appearance perception in female adolescence.

  7. April 8, 2019

    SEAS research scientist aims to unite art and science

    Sara Adlerstein, an associate research scientist in the School for Environment and Sustainability, ecology and art are very much connected. And navigating between these two disciplines in her dual interests of art and science revealed a possibility for using art as a tool for advancing change.

  8. March 25, 2019

    Professor builds network of underrepresented chemists in Diversify Chemistry

    When Anne McNeil attended an American Chemical Society conference a couple years ago, she was surprised to find a symposium in her field with no invited women speakers. That prompted her to launch Diversify Chemistry to help people find individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds in chemistry. 

  9. February 11, 2019

    Medical School associate professor helps those who lose babies

    For almost two decades, Irv Leon has channeled his own early experiences to help those who have endured reproductive loss learn how to grieve and heal.

  10. 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. Still, it was Walter’s love of chemistry that ultimately led him to move to the United States.