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March 18, 2011

Professor Steve Mylon Helps Students Explore New Terrain in Chemistry

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You could say Steve Mylon, assistant professor of chemistry, enjoys testing his mettle on the road of life. Take for example the time he pedaled his bike 3,500 miles across the country, crossing into Canada for a tour of Ontario before dipping back into the wilds of northern Michigan and then continuing on to Seattle’s [...]

Professor Elaine Reynolds

March 18, 2011

Biology Professor Elaine Reynolds Shows Students the Marvels of the Brain

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Elaine Reynolds is known as the Flywoman on campus, a reference that applies to her winged subjects of choice for student research experiments. But it could just as well pertain to the appearance of perpetual motion this biology professor exudes both in and out of the classroom. Reynolds, who recently shaved her head to raise [...]

Professor James Ferri

March 4, 2011

Chemical Engineering Professor James Ferri Is Passionate About Helping Students Grasp Complex Concepts

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James Ferri has always understood how a well-rounded education fits in with the study of engineering. When he started college at Johns Hopkins University, he began studying business and then considered pursuing a career in medicine. But realizing how much he enjoyed his organic chemistry class, he decided on pursuing chemical engineering and has built [...]

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March 4, 2011

Art Professor Curlee Holton Creates ‘Living Classroom’ through Experimental Printmaking Institute

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Growing up, Curlee Raven Holton always admired his older brother Homer’s drawings and tried to follow in his footsteps. It wasn’t until college that he truly understood the impact art can have in everyday life. A business major at the time, he witnessed a horrific car accident. “A car hit a young man riding a [...]

Professor Joshua Sanborn

February 18, 2011

History Professor Joshua Sanborn Brings Understanding of the Human Experience

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While checking into a hotel in Latvia, Joshua Sanborn got a lesson in global politics from an unlikely source – the front desk clerk. “He spoke Russian, German, French, English, and Latvian,” says Sanborn, professor of history and chair of the Russian and East European Studies program, who was in Latvia doing research for a [...]

Jamila Bookwala, professor of psychology, is chair of the new aging studies program.

February 18, 2011

Professor Jamila Bookwala Delves into Emotional Well-Being Later in Life

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Jamila Bookwala couldn’t wait to turn 40. That’s because the associate professor of psychology, now 46, has done enough research in the field of aging to know that life can get sweeter with time. Her experience confirmed what years of her research into the psychology of aging had revealed – that middle and old age [...]

Professor Denise Galarza Sepúlveda

February 11, 2011

Professor Denise Galarza Sepúlveda Uncovers 17th Century Spanish Sermon Condemning Provocative Women’s Clothing

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Even in 17th-century Spain, there were fashion police. While working on her current book project on an 18th-century Peruvian “clandestine history,” Professor Denise Galarza Sepúlveda discovered a manuscript that decries the scandalous new clothing styles popularized in the 17th century. Before now, no scholar has analyzed or published on the sermon. Written by Franciscan priest [...]

Professor Anthony Cummings

February 11, 2011

Music Professor Anthony Cummings Will Spend a Year in Italy Researching New Book

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Anthony Cummings, professor of music, is writing a biography on internationally renowned Italian musicologist Nino Pirrotta, and what better place to study his subject than in Pirrotta’s homeland? Cummings will spend the 2011-12 academic year on sabbatical in Italy working on the biography and other research. During the fall semester, he will be a visiting [...]

Elizabeth McMahon

January 28, 2011

Math Professor Elizabeth McMahon Loves Getting Students Excited about Concepts

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What’s a math professor doing teaching a women’s and gender studies course? The answer, or rather the genesis to that question lies in the frustrating three years Elizabeth McMahon spent at the University of Michigan obtaining her master’s degree in mathematics, one of only 10 women among 104 grad students. “There was a real culture [...]

Paul Cefalu

January 28, 2011

Professor Paul Cefalu Explores Modern Fascination with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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Obsessed. Hoarding: Buried Alive. Animal Hoarders.  A&E, TLC, Animal Planet, and other channels are finding an audience for latest reality TV about obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and Paul Cefalu wants to know what is behind the interest in watching people who suffer from mental illness. Cefalu, associate professor of English, is exploring this topic in his [...]