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Gabor Mate speaks before a crowd.

The Truth About Trauma

September 27, 2023 — 
Physician and author Dr. Gabor Maté explores the complexities of unhealed wounds, and why the country needs a permanent home for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Murray Sinclair poses against a white wall.


May 2, 2023 — 
Alum Murray Sinclair, who’s listened to thousands of personal stories of suffering and survival, shares his own. Why the former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission chooses joy over anger.

An animated image made to look like a paper collage. It features the Netflix logo, factories, and photos of people, as well as an Oscar trophy.

Culture Shift

April 18, 2023 — 
Alum Jeff Liu played a starring role in a unique business experiment that brought Chinese workers to middle America, captured in the Oscar-winning documentary American Factory. As president of a global auto-glass company, he had a window into a world of clashing cultures, humanity in the workplace, and what it takes to get ahead.

A collage image of a person in a racing car travelling toward a bright set of concentric circles.


March 22, 2023 — 
What does it take to be among the elite who design the world’s fastest, most aerodynamic or climate friendly cars? Two alumni offer insights from the vanguard of automotive engineering.

A collection of particles fall beneath sunlit water.

The Big (Tiny) Problem

January 17, 2023 — 
Microplastics in our waters may threaten ecosystems and accelerate the melting of Arctic sea ice. But are we ignoring the greater danger at the heart of this climate conundrum?

Biochemistry and medical genetics Prof. Tamra Werbowetski-Ogilvie stands in a labcoat in front of a plain green background, looking up.

Outsmarting a Brain Tumour

October 7, 2022 — 
This UM researcher’s latest discovery could prevent an aggressive form of brain cancer in children. She’s also finding new drug therapies—through the emerging science of cellular fingerprinting—that will dramatically shift survival rates in the coming years.

An abstract illustration of a sun setting over a prairie field. Beneath the soil, tiny dots move around.

Secret Garden

July 25, 2022 — 
Tallgrass prairies not only mitigate global warming, they’re home to biodiversity that took millennia to develop. Now they’re among the most endangered ecosystems in the world. Alumni trying to preserve the last grasslands show us what we stand to lose.

Ameen stands with his arms crossed in a living room.


May 17, 2022 — 
Mass migration due to war, and—in the coming decades, scientists predict—climate change, means scores of refugees searching for home and higher education. Meet three UM students finding their way.

Zahra stands in a reflected window with a pensive face.

Remember Me

October 26, 2021 — 
Can we reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s disease? This UM biomedical engineer and advocate—and daughter of a mother who forgot—is determined to find a way.

A pop comic illustration of Cheung and Mark Zuckerberg looking at and holding a tablet as if it were a human baby.

My Firstborn

October 26, 2021 — 
Facebook developer Vincent Cheung tells us about bringing Portal into the world and why we shouldn’t be afraid robots will take over. “AI is really, really dumb.”

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