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Student Spotlight: Trish Koman

Trish’s field is air pollution policy research. She served as an environmental scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for over two decades, developing federal policy focused on air pollution and most recently diesel emissions from marine ports. She says, “I always wanted to prepare students to be the next wave of environmental leaders. I’m interested in researching aspects of air pollution and climate change that can make a difference in people’s every day lives - there are so many unanswered questions.”

Alumni Profile: Caren Deming

Caren Deming spent a significant amount of time in Rackham when she was a student and finds that 40 years later she’s still here often, albeit with much less writing to do. She has been frequenting the building most recently as a member of the Rackham Dean Search Committee. “It was an honor to be able to serve Rackham in this capacity. I’ve been on a lot of dean search committees over the years, but this is the most important one in terms of its lasting effect on graduate education. Getting Carol Fierke as the next Rackham dean was a real coup,” she says.

Alumni Spotlight: Jiu-Hwa Lo Upshur

For Jiu-Hwa Lo Upshur, graduate education is part of a University of Michigan family legacy. She and her mother were both Barbour Scholars at Michigan, an almost century-old fellowship program for Asian women established by Levi Barbour, then a regent of the University. For both of Jiu-Hwa’s parents, education was the touchstone of their lives and a value they instilled in their daughter. But education wasn’t taken for granted—in fact, as Jiu-Hwa points out, “it’s my parents who struggled.”

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