LSA Magazine Spring 2019

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Spring 2019 LSA Magazine Features

Last Words

LSA researchers work to document a lesser-known version of the Afrikaans language before the last generation of speakers is gone.

In the Public Eye

A new Department of History initiative is committed to making the value of a history degree easier to see and understand by contributing to the common good.


A company founded by two LSA alumni and headquartered in Ann Arbor recently sold for $2.35 billion. (Yes, billion.) What did they do right?


More Stories from the Magazine

Surviving the Sun
Recently launched: the closest trip to the Sun ever attempted by the fastest object ever made. Meet the Parker Solar Probe, the spacecraft designed to survive certain death.

Cold Mountain
By the time she died, LSA alumna Elizabeth Hawley was the authority on climbers and Himalayan expeditions, documenting ascents, descents, accidents, deaths, firsts, and everything in between.

‘Tis the Season
Every summer, LSA students intern all over the country and around the world with support and guidance from the LSA Opportunity Hub. And students don’t just get a lot out of it — they also provide incredible value to the organizations they work for.

Just Talk to Each Other
LSA’s Program on Intergroup Relations has been working for 30 years to empower students to successfully bridge differences and create common ground — building a better and more civil discourse one speaker at a time.

Most people think pirates are criminals who rob innocent victims on the high seas. But LSA anthropologist Jatin Dua says that’s only part of the story. The rest of the tale lies in global trade, British insurance companies, and the idea of protection.

Disease Detective
As a “disease detective” with the CDC, LSA alumna Jennifer Collins applies her clinical medical skills to help the larger community as a public health hero.

In the Trap of Luxury
If you’re trying to make new friends, you’re probably inclined to promote your most attractive qualities. But you might find that packaging yourself in high-status symbols will turn off potential friends before you even say hello.

The Memory Maker
LSA alumnus John Nelson won an Academy Award last year for special effects on Blade Runner 2049. He did it by making the impossible seem so real that you felt you could reach out and touch it.

Hail to the Victors Valiant
In December of last year, the University of Michigan completed its Victors for Michigan campaign. Thank you for your incredible support.