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Postcard from the Field: Thailand

Sunset on the Mekong River, looking towards Laos. Nong Khai, Thailand, June 2015.

Sunset on the Mekong River, looking towards Laos. Nong Khai, Thailand, June 2015.

My research is on Thai migrant workers in Israeli agriculture. I spent the summer doing research on the background of these workers and studying their language in Isaan (Northeast Thailand). My research was carried out with the support of the Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant and the Southeast Asia Center's Thai Studies Grant.

Matan Kaminer, Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology

Announcing the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society’s Newest Members

This year, ten U-M researchers, scholars, and students will be among the newest inductees into the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. Named for Edward Alexander Bouchet, the first African-American to earn a doctorate in an American university (Physics), the society recognizes those who exemplify scholarship, leadership, character, service and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy.

To Be a Scientist

A few weeks after arriving in Ann Arbor for graduate school, nearly four years ago, the strangest thing happened to me. I was walking to the public library downtown to return a mystery novel, book in hand, when I was approached by a kid. He and his friend had been skateboarding and he had what appeared to be a sprained ankle. He asked me, "Hey, are you a scientist?" I hesitated, I had never been asked a question like that before. Then I replied with, "I'm not sure," more eager to be on my way than anything else. But he kept on it. "Well, are you majoring in a science?" I was, so I answered in the affirmative. Then he got to his question. I don't remember the exact phrasing, but he wanted to know if, in my expert opinion, his ankle was too injured to continue skateboarding.