Office of the VP for Communications – Keeping alumni and friends connected to U-M

Education & Society

  1. Easy rider? Not always

    After years working in Silicon Valley, Levi Weintraub, BSE ’06, dreamed of ditching his job as a software engineer, hopping on a motorcycle, and exploring Africa. So he did. After logging some 42,000 miles, he says, ‘Humanity was the biggest revelation for me.’

  2. Living in the moment

    U-M art professor Anne Mondro and her students explore the creative process with the elderly to shatter the stigma that comes with memory loss, dementia.

  3. Rushing the desert, storming a mountain

    Obsessed with the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team? A new book by professor Andrei Markovits recounts the ‘different roads to shared glory’ taken by the sport’s most promising female athletes in the U.S. and Europe.

  4. Old bones, new home

    U-M’s Museum of Natural History is now open in the Biological Sciences Building, blurring the traditional boundaries between researcher and visitor.

  5. Teachable moments

    As the iconic program ‘Sesame Street’ marks its 50th anniversary, Bob McGrath, ’54, reflects on the ways it taught him ‘to value children in a new way.’ McGrath, once a tenor soloist in U-M’s Men’s Glee Club, spent 45 years with the show.

  6. Fund supports reporters

    Former media executive John Madigan, BBA ’58/MBA ’59, empowers student journalists with a fund named for former Chicago Tribune editor and Michigan Daily alumna (1977-78) Ann Marie Lipinski, BA ’94.

  7. From trash talk to legislation

    In 1976, three student activists walked across the state, collecting rubbish and publicizing ‘Proposal A.’ They succeeded in passing a radical initiative to recycle aluminum cans and glass bottles, transforming Michigan’s landscape.

  8. A (tiny) face in the crowd

    How 50 years and one photo captured an icon’s essence, soothed an artist’s soul, and validated a family’s tall tale.

  9. ‘Lego guy’ brings STEM to Mott kids

    A custom robotics kit offers distraction and entertainment while teaching tech skills to hospitalized youngsters. Alum John McInerney hopes to scale the program through his Ann Arbor venture, Buildup Mobile.