In this issue of LSA Magazine, we a look at stories of bold leaders, tough conversations, and intrepid alumni, faculty, and students.
Did American architects unwittingly help the Soviets prepare for the Cold War? Why did Stalingrad resemble U.S. factories like the massive River Rouge Ford plant? A new conference looks at the interwar connections between Joseph Stalin and Albert Kahn.
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During suicide prevention month, LSA alumna and professor, Cheryl King, discussed her work in teen suicide prevention and intervention—and offered some resources for help.
Women Behind the Camera
A new Ann Arbor film festival will take place July 11-14, 2019. LSA talks to the festival’s founder about why it’s important to highlight women’s voices right now.
The Biological Station in the Zooniverse
More than a century of “dark data” stored at LSA’s Biological Station is being brought to light with the help of citizen scientists.
SPOTLIGHT on LSA
The Case for Diversity
Diversity beats sameness, and one LSA professor is out to prove it. With his book The Difference, Scott E. Page (A.B. ’85), an honors math alumnus and current professor of complex systems, political science, and economics, uses math and logic to make the case that higher diversity yields greater tangible benefits. Now, Page gets invited to consult with organizations like the Mellon Foundation, Google, the U.S. Federal Reserve, the U.S. Treasury, and NASA, among others. They’re taking his argument seriously and running with it in the real world.
Likewise, diverse perspectives are vital to the liberal arts mission of LSA. Departments throughout the College see value in diversity—with benefits both tangible and intangible—and are taking action as a result: They’re developing plans and programs to create a more diverse student body and faculty.
The Power of Internships
At LSA, we understand that to change the world takes actually experiencing it. And we are committed to providing our students the support they need in order to pair their LSA education with real-life opportunities. Watch how LSA internships are changing students’ perspectives on their coursework and giving them a crucial advantage in their careers.
At LSA, access to education means more than an open door. It means asking students who might not have U-M on their radar to consider LSA, and making sure all students have the resources they need to get here.
An uncommon scientist who steps out of the lab onto boats and in front of policy makers, LSA Professor Melissa Duhaime turns a skeptical side-eye to the presence of plastics in our lakes and oceans. She wants to use science to keep our water healthy.