Zhan is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry of the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and did his postdoctoral research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The research in his group at the University of Michigan is focused on the molecular level characterizations of complicated surfaces and interfaces, such as polymer surfaces, polymer interfaces, and interfacial proteins using advanced analytical techniques. Such research provides in-depth understanding of molecular mechanisms of biocompatibility, biofouling, and polymer adhesion. Zhan received his National Science Foundation Career Award in 2004, and his Beckman Young Investigator Award in 2003. He was named as a Dow Corning Assistant/Associate Professor between 2003 and 2006. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling.
Mark Conger Mark is a Lecturer and program developer in the Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP.) He received his B.A. degree from Williams College and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. In between his M.A. and Ph.D., he spent several years working as a professional computer programmer, and did lots of programming for fun as well. His research interests are in enumerative combinatorics and probability, but he considers himself a mathematical generalist. His recent work has focused on the mathematics of card shuffling and dealing. For fun he does woodworking and computer hacking.
Jen is a Lecturer in the Biopsychology area of University of Michigan's Psychology Department, and teaches classes ranging from Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience to Hormones and Behavior and Sex Differences in Brain and Behavior. After earning her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2006, she began working as a research scientist at UM's Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute examining the role of hormones on reward-related circuitry in the brain, and the effects of motherhood on drug addiction. In 2013, Jen joined the Psychology Department to focus on teaching full-time, and has since developed a number of courses spanning all levels of undergraduate education at UM. While she finds there is much to enjoy about teaching, Jen is particularly passionate about making neuroscience understandable and accessible for students of all ages. When not molding young minds, Jen enjoys running, knitting, reading, and fly fishing.
Stephen is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Mathematics. He did his undergraduate work at Santa Clara University and received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Before joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, he had appointments at Harvard and the University of Chicago. He is interested in using geometry and analysis to answer certain questions which arise in number theory. He spends nearly every mathematical free moment with his family; but in his spare time, he fixes his house – be sure to ask for amusing stories about this.
Glenn is a Lecturer in the Division of Anatomical Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Michigan. Glenn teaches Gross Anatomy (M1), Head and Neck Anatomy (DENT 545), and Human Anatomy (ANAT 403). His research focuses on pedagogical approaches to anatomy, and he has a special interest in the the evolution and ecology of squamate reptiles (specifically snake evolution and origins). In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, nature photography, travel, and spending time with his wife, sons, and their two dogs.
Mel Hochster is the Jack E. McLaughlin Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard and received his Ph.D. from Princeton. His research interests might be described as studying solutions of a large number of equations in a large number of unknowns, including their geometry, by techniques related to number theory. He has five children. Somehow this does not leave a lot of time for recreation, but his hobbies include bridge and cryptic crossword puzzles.
Dragan Huterer is a theoretical cosmologist and professor in the Department of Physics. His research is focused on trying to understand the nature and properties of "dark energy", a mysterious component that makes up about 75% of energy in the universe and makes its expansion accelerate, and whose understanding presents major unsolved problem in astrophysics and cosmology. Huterer grew up in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (former Yugoslavia) and received a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and was awarded UM’s Henry Russel Award for “exceptional scholarship and conspicuous ability as a teacher”.
Trachette (Trace) Jackson is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics. She earned her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Washington and her postdoctoral studies were conducted at Duke University. Trace's research interests can be described as turning cancer discoveries into effective treatments with the aid of mathematical modeling. It is an exciting time to work in the interdisciplinary field of Mathematical Oncology. Even TIME magazine agrees that, “A team-based, cross disciplinary approach to cancer research is upending tradition and delivering results faster.” Trace is an award-winning educator and scholar whose research in mathematical oncology has received international attention. In 2003, she became the second African American woman to receive the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Award in Mathematics; in 2005 she received the James S. McDonnell 21st Century Scientist Award; in 2008 Diverse Magazine honored her as one of the year’s Emerging Scholars. In 2010 she received the Blackwell-Tapia Prize, which recognizes a mathematician who has contributed significantly to research, and who has contributed in significant ways to addressing the problem of underrepresentation of minorities in mathematics.
Michael A. Jones earned his B.S. degree from Santa Clara University and M.A. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from Northwestern University. After a 3-year position at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a 1-year visiting position at Loyola University in Chicago, he taught for 10 years at Montclair State University in New Jersey. In August 2008, he became an Associate Editor for Mathematical Reviews, a division of the American Mathematical Society based in Ann Arbor. His research interests include the development and application of mathematics to analyze the social sciences, including economics, political science, psychology, and law. He is the editor of the Mathematical Association of America’s Mathematics Magazine.
Maire is a Ph.D. candidate in Biological Anthropology in the University of Michigan's Department of Anthropology. She received her B.A. in Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. While at the University of Michigan she has taught introductory and advanced courses in biological anthropology, focusing variously on human osteology, comparative primate anatomy, forensic anthropology, and paleontology/ paleoanthropology. Her research uses the structural and chemical makeup of dental tissues to investigate growth, diet, and life history in primates, past and present. When she is not sequestered in the Paleoecology Lab or the Skeletal Biology Lab, she is scampering around Ugandan fossiliferous sites in search of teeth from early Miocene apes. She goes home often to Chicago in order to pretend she is still in a band by singing in 9-part harmony with her extended family.
Daniel is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institut de Physique Théorique (IPhT) at CEA Saclay in France. He holds Master degrees in Theoretical Physics from the University of Leuven (in Belgium) and the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D. cum laude from the University of Amsterdam. He was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan from 2015 to 2018. His research interests include using string theory to understand black holes and their interior. Daniel grew up in Belgium and will gladly enlighten you as to why Belgian chocolate is the best in the world. Outside of physics, Daniel’s hobbies include fencing, piano, cooking and board games..
Anne McNeil is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry and Macromolecular Science and Engineering, as well as an HHMI Professor. Her research is focused on methods to make polymers with precision over the length and sequence, as well as methods that take post-consumer polymer "waste" and convert it to useful materials. She has won several awards for excellence in both teaching and research. She is also the proud mom of Evie (6) and Emily (4).
David C. Michener
Dr. Michener is the Associate Curator at the UM Nichols Arboretum and Matthaei Botanical Gardens and is active in the Program in the Environment as well as Museum Studies. David's professional responsibilities are for the endemic to exotic living plant collections and related landscapes managed by the "Arb and Gardens." His work has taken him from Brazil to the Russian Far East. David is active and published in the management of living collections according to museum standards. Currently, he is working to make the institution's rich resources digitally available to students and researchers. David has been with the University of Michigan since 1990. His undergraduate degree is in botany from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in botany are from the Claremont Graduate School / Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. He spent six years on a NSF-funded postdoctoral position at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. David's outside interests include gardening, fishing with friends, and travel.
Lon holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Kansas, while his musical training includes a Bachelors of Music in Music Theory and Composition from Central Michigan University and graduate study in carillon performance at KU. He is currently on the faculty at the University of South Florida and a Carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. Previous appointments include positions at the University of Malta as a Fulbright Scholar, the American Mathematical Society, and as faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Toronto.
Kathleen received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, and she earned her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. While she trained as a classical biochemist, she has taught a wide variety of courses across the fields of biology and chemistry. Over the past two decades, she has been helping University of Michigan students appreciate the art of organic chemistry and the enormity of biochemistry.
Janice received her B.A., B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, with a M.A. from Drake University. She is a theoretical biologist and mathematical paleobiologist, conducting research on the evolution of organisms modeled by shape analysis and 3D surface morphologies. Some of the modeled organisms include diatoms, ostracods, mollusks, echinoderms, anthropods, and annelids. Modeling is accomplished using implicit functions and partial differential equations. She is also an aquatic ecologist with studies of the Great Lakes on board research vessels and in the lab, including fish distributions in coastal wetlands, effects of nitrogen on phytoplankton, and seasonal succession of phytoplankton. Other research interests include graph theory and morphospace analysis, fuzzy logic in systematics, biological symmetry, and geometric spaces in ecosystem analysis. In her spare time, she enjoys baking prize winning cakes for the Michigan State Fair, aviculture, antiques, sewing and being with friends and family.
Georg is a Professor in the Department of Physics. Georg received his Ph.D. at the University of Munich. In his research, he employs laser-cooled rubidium atoms to study matter waves in optical lattices and in other atom trapping devices, and to investigate interaction processes involving cold, very highly excited atoms (Rydberg atoms) and cold plasmas. In his spare time and vacations, Georg enjoys bicycling, skiing, camping and sailing with his family.
Corinna Schindler is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. from ETH Zurich in Switzerland. For her postdoctoral studies, Corinna joined the laboratory of Eric N. Jacobsen at Harvard University as a Feodor Lynen Postdoctoral Fellow to work in the field of asymmetric catalysis. The primary goal of her research program is to develop new synthetic methods based on transition metal catalysis to enable the synthesis of biologically active natural and unnatural products.
Sheila is a lecturer in UM's School of for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS), where she teaches ecology and conservation biology courses to masters-level students, and has been an instructor in the MMSS program since 2002. She has also taught undergraduate students at Eastern Michigan University and UM's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, written a book on animal behavior for middle and high school students, and served as an instructional consultant for UM's Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. She received her B.A. from Swarthmore College and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, where she studied the ecology and evolution of plant-animal interactions (especially pollination and invasive species) in Michigan, the California Channel Islands, and Greece. Beyond academia, she learns from and works with many practitioners doing on-the-ground conservation and restoration work, including serving as an evaluation and adaptive ecosystem management consultant and by research and learning partnerships with private and public land owners and planners. She enjoys all aspects of ecology, especially outdoors!
Doug is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Northern Iowa. He received his Ph.D. here, at the University of Michigan. While he was here, he won the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. He's also won teaching awards at the Universities of Illinois, Minnesota, and Northern Iowa. He's published on the Collatz Conjecture and the Teaching of Calculus, in addition to writing books on teaching calculus, and a pre-calculus textbook. He is a professional combinatorist and a big fan of graph theory and game theory. He directs an improv comedy troupe, and loves action, and games of many kinds.
Corey received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Waterloo and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. After conducting postdoctoral studies at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland, he joined the Department of Chemistry at Boston University as an Assistant Professor in 2007. He was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in February 2013, and in July 2013, joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Michigan as an Associate Professor. Research in the Stephenson group is focused primarily upon the development of new strategies and methodologies for the synthesis of natural products and biomass degradation with a particular interest in processes which utilize the redox chemistry of visible light activated metal complexes. Corey has been a recipient of several awards of the past seven years recognizing excellence in research and teaching including: the Boehringer-Ingelheim New Investigator Award (2010), an NSF CAREER award (2011-2016), the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2011-2013), the Amgen Young Investigator Award (2011), the Novartis Early Career Award in Organic Chemistry (2012-2015), the Eli Lilly Grantee Award (2013-2015), the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2013) and the EOS Best Reagent Award (2014).
Martin is a Professor in the Departments of Mathematics and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He received his A.B. degree from Columbia University and his Ph.D. from Rutgers University, both in mathematics. He previously held positions at Iowa State University and AT&T Labs-Research. His research interests include fundamental algorithms, especially randomized and approximation algorithms; algorithms for massive data sets; signal processing and computational harmonic analysis; computer security and cryptography; complexity theory. He has developed an activity for the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum. For the past few years, has been leading the math club at a local elementary school, whose activities include competing in the Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools. In his spare time, he enjoys trail running.
Ramón is an Adjunct Lecturer in Physics and Director of the Advanced Physics Laboratories at the University of Michigan. He is recipient of an award by the American Physical Society for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction. He received a dual B.S. degree in Physics & Mathematics, and his M.S. in Physics from Eastern Michigan University, and quickly developed a career as an industrial physicist. Upon return to academia he dedicated himself to experimental instruction in Physics. Over the years he has performed academic and industrial research in various fields; however, during the past decade he has participated in research in nuclear reactions at the University of Michigan TwinSol facilities, located at the University of Notre Dame Nuclear Structure Laboratory, and focused in the development of deuterated scintillator arrays for fast neutron detection. He has taught for over 20 years at the technical, college, and graduate levels. He initiated and directed for many years the University of Michigan Physics Olympiad.
Anna is a Postdoctoral Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics. She teaches for the Inquiry Based Learning program, guiding students to discover mathematical ideas for themselves. She earned her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Anna's research is in Schubert calculus, the study of how geometric objects sit in space together. She enjoys thinking about problems in the intersection of algebra, geometry, and combinatorics. When she's not doing math, she can often be found singing or gardening.