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The Best of the Best: The 2014 ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards

Brian DeVree’s research on intended binding sites for pharmaceutical drug targets contributed to the Nobel Peace Prize. Yan Long collected enough research on the emergence of AIDS and AIDS advocacy in China for three dissertations. Kerry Ard’s research on the geographic and temporal changes in the relationship between poverty, race and pollution has never been done before.

Alumni Spotlight: Bridget Rafferty

Bridget toured the newly renovated School of Public Health space last fall through a different lens than most returning alums: that of prospective student. “My graduate education at Michigan was amazing. I had opportunities that opened my eyes to all of the things I could do with my life. The cross-discipline education I received was one of my best experiences on campus. I took classes in the School of Art & Design, the Medical School, and the School of Public Health. These combined experiences have shaped my career into one that is changing regularly.” The faculty support she received as a Master’s student made all the difference in her Michigan experience.

Rackham Sweethearts: Bob and Bonnie Paine

Like many families, the Paines have a longstanding Michigan legacy. “I’ve been associated with Rackham since starting graduate studies in Chemistry in 1966. My wife and two of our children also graduated from Michigan.”

While they’ve resided in Albuquerque for the last forty-two years where Bob was on the faculty at the University of New Mexico, he says “We come back to Ann Arbor every fall. It is such a great time to be in town. We always visit the farmers market and buy greens for the holidays.”

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