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Alumni Spotlight: Babette Benken

“I told my mom from age 5 that I was going to be a math professor.” Babette fulfilled that early childhood goal - and then some. Currently an Association Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at California State...

Alumni Spotlight: Margaret Gupta

Business can be a force for good. And it should be. With this conviction in mind, Margaret co-founded Apex CoVantage in 1988, to pursue business for the right reasons, in the right way, challenging norms, and channeling the resources generated by the business to...

Student Spotlight: Natalie Davis

Michigan has hundreds of acronyms, and one of our favorites at Rackham is SROP. The Summer Research Opportunity Program is a program for undergraduates from diverse backgrounds to come to U-M for intensive research and an introduction to graduate school. Natalie knows...

Postcard from the Field: Uganda

The dirt turns everything red, but the walk to my office is always worth the view. I am a Ph.D. student in the School of Nursing and I am examining the real world impact of computerized training for child survivors of severe malaria in Uganda. To do this, I am looking...

Alumni Spotlight: Carl de Boor

Carl de Boor is extremely humble about his accomplishments over the course of his long career in mathematics. “My contribution is relatively small; I was at the right place at the right time. I saw what needed to be done. Any competent person would have done the...

Student Spotlight: Shira Schwartz

Ask Shira to explain her research and she lights up. Her voice and face animate. She starts speaking faster, and her excitement is contagious, which has a little something to do with the nondescript conference room we’re in. Shira studies academic space, work space,...

Postcard from the Field: Yukon

Me in front of Mt. Logan on the St. Elias ice fields. I'm working in the Kluane region of the Yukon Territory in Canada. I research the behavioral ecology and evolution of North American red squirrels as part of the collaborative Kluane Red Squirrel Project. Our...

Postcard from the Field: Nicaragua

A view of Masaya Volcano, one of Nicaragua's many active volcanoes. I am studying the relationship between the upper respiratory tract microbiota and influenza infection. This summer, I worked with the Centro Nacional de Diagnóstico y Referencia at the Nicaraguan...

Meet the Bloggers: Deanna Montgomery

Hi there! My name is Deanna, and like many of you, I spend a lot of time pretending I have it all together. I’m a third-year Ph.D. student in Medicinal Chemistry - and no, you’re not the first person to ask me what that means. My short answer is “chemistry as applied...