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Q&A with Rackham Dean Mike Solomon

As he steps into his full-time role as dean of Rackham Graduate School, Solomon discusses the school's unique opportunities, its commitment to DEI, and his advice for students.

As he steps into his full-time role as dean of Rackham Graduate School, Solomon discusses the school's unique opportunities, its commitment to DEI, and his advice for students.

The Shape of Things to Overcome

In our Q&A, award-winning novelist and essayist Esmé Weijun Wang (M.F.A. '10) talks about reimagining the path to her goals when faced with obstacles to her mental and physical health.

Esmé Weijun Wang is an accomplished writer for whom the journey to accomplishment has been heavily defined by her experiences with illness. Her debut novel, The Border of Paradise, grew out of her thesis project at U-M and explores the impact of a character's deteriorating mental health on a family's past and future. It was named one of NPR's Best Books of 2016, and last year she was named to Granta's Best of Young American Novelists list. Wang has also been recognized for her nonfiction writing, having won the 2016 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize and this year's Whiting Award for material that comprises her forthcoming essay collection, The Collected Schizophrenias.

Using Opioids to Fight Addiction?

While public-health officials work arduously to stem America’s growing opioid crisis, one Rackham researcher helps investigate how to put opioids to a surprising use.

The abuse of opioids in the United States has become a crisis whose consequences are being discussed everywhere from America’s largest public-health organizations to its smallest towns. It’s an epidemic with an emotional and physical toll on millions of lives and a cost in the hundreds of billions of dollars. While some of the more than 90 deaths attributable to opioid overdose each day in this country are due to heroin or such illicit synthetics as fentanyl, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than half are the result of prescription opioids commonly administered for helping patients cope with chronic pain.

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