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President Mary Sue Coleman

President Mary Sue ColemanMary Sue Coleman has led the University of Michigan since being appointed its 13th president in August 2002.

As president, she has unveiled several major initiatives that will have an impact on future generations of students, the intellectual life of the campus, and society at large. These initiatives include the interdisciplinary richness of the U-M, student residential life, the economic vitality of the state and nation, global engagement, and the value of innovation and creativity.

Time magazine has named her one of the nation’s “10 best college presidents.”

President Coleman holds several higher education leadership positions at the national level. She currently serves as chair of the Association of American Universities, which encompasses 61 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada.

President Obama has selected her as one of six university presidents to help launch the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, a national effort bringing together industry, universities and the federal government. And in 2010, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke named her co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Under President Coleman’s leadership, the University has launched and expanded academic partnerships with universities in China, Ghana and South Africa. She also announced a groundbreaking partnership between the University and Google, which will enable the public to search the text of the University’s 7-million-volume library and will open the way to universal access and the preservation of recorded human knowledge.

She is regarded as a national spokesperson on the educational value of diverse perspectives in the classroom. Her extensive leadership positions in higher education have included membership on the National Collegiate Athletic Association Board of Directors and the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

Elected to the Institute of Medicine, President Coleman also is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

From 1995-2002, Dr. Coleman was president of the University of Iowa.

She earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Grinnell College and her doctorate in biochemistry from the University of North Carolina.

Sueann Caulfield


Sueann CaulfieldSueann Caulfield is Associate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. She specializes in the history of modern Brazil, with emphasis on gender and sexuality. Her first book, In Defense of Honor: Morality, Modernity, and Nation in Early Twentieth-Century Brazil (Duke University Press, 2000), was published in Brazil as NA DEFESA DA HONRA: Moralidade, modernidade, e nação no Rio de Janeiro, 1918-1930, Cecult/Unicamp, 2001). The book addresses the changing significance of honor in Brazilian law and popular culture. Professor Caulfield has co-edited a volume that looks as how honor changed in Latin America from the colonial to the national periods: Honor, Status, and Law in Modern Latin American History (Duke, 2005) and published a variety of works in both U.S. and Brazilian journals on the topic of gender and historiography, family law, race, and sexuality in Brazil. A Portuguese version of her recent article on the history of paternal responsibility in Brazilian law, “The Right to a Father’s Name: A Historical Perspective on State Efforts to Combat the Stigma of Illegitimate Birth in Brazil,” (Law and History Review, 2012) is forthcoming in the journal Revista do Arquivo Edgard Leuenroth.

Steve Grafton


Steve Grafton Steve Grafton is President and CEO of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan. He came to Michigan in 1994 from Mississippi State University where he was executive director of its alumni association after serving on the staff of U.S. Sen. John Stennis, D-MS, as legislative assistant, field representative and assistant press secretary.

Grafton describes his responsibilities as “providing greater levels of service to Michigan alumni in order to involve them in greater levels of support to their university.” He maintains that, in order to accomplish both goals, the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan must be a dynamic organization, both willing and able to adapt to the changing needs of the University and its alumni.

Grafton served on the board of trustees of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and chaired CASE’s Commission on Alumni Relations. He has also been a district director and faculty member for numerous CASE conferences, author of articles on alumni relations and an editor of the Handbook of Institutional Advancement. Grafton is a charter member and former secretary for the Council of Alumni Association Executives (CAAE).

Gary Hammer


Gary Hammer Millie Schembechler Professor of Adrenal Cancer Director, Endocrine Oncology Program – Comprehensive Cancer Center Department of Internal Medicine – Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology

Dr. Gary D. Hammer, M.D., Ph.D. is a medical endocrinologist specializing in the treatment of adrenal and gonadal diseases. Work in his laboratory has focussed on the mechanisms by which signaling and transcriptional programs initiate adrenal-specific growth and differentiation with an emphasis on the dysregulated growth of adrenocortical stem cells in development and cancer.

Research Interest: Dr Hammer’s research focuses on the molecular underpinnings of adrenocortical growth in development and cancer. His laboratory’s goals are to characterize the adrenocortical stem/progenitor cell population and elucidate how altered regulation of these cells contributes to adrenocortical disease, namely hypoplasias, dysplasias and cancer. Classic molecular approaches to signaling and transcriptional activation are combined with whole animal biology to examine adrenocortical development and function as it pertains to human disease.
Ph.D. Tufts University, 1992

Michele Heisler, MD, MPA

Michele Heisler Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Health Behavior and Health Education Co-Director, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program Associate Director, Global REACH, University of Michigan.

Research Scientist, Center for Clinical Management Research, Ann Arbor VA HSR&D Center of Excellence Internal Medicine, general Medicine. Research interests Patient self-management of chronic illnesses; patient-doctor relations; disparities in processes and outcomes in chronic illnesses; Behavioral Interventions and Implementation Research; Health and Human Rights

M.D., 1997, Harvard Medical School

Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof


Jesse Hoffnung-GarskofJesse Hoffnung-Garskof is Associate Professor of History and American Culture and Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Michigan. He is a specialist on the history of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean and on Latino peoples living in the United States. His first book, A Tale of Two Cities: Santo Domingo and New York after 1950 (Princeton, 2008), tells the intertwined histories of the Dominican Republic and the United States through the lives of people living in the poor and working class neighborhoods of Santo Domingo and New York. It will soon be available in Spanish translation (Academia Dominicana de Historia, 2013). He is currently at work on a project on race and migration among Cubans and Puerto Ricans in 19th century New York and, with Stephen Pitti, on a textbook titled A Latino History of the United States. An article,“To abolish the law of castes: merit, manhood and the problem of colour in the Puerto Rican liberal movement, 1873–92″ appeared recently in the journal Social History. Professor Hoffnung-Garskof teaches classes about Latin American history, Latin American migration to the United States, and Latin American music (including samba, bossa nova, and MPB). His has been the recipient of fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and the Spencer Foundation/National Academy of Education.

Erika J. Hrabec


Erika J. Hrabec is Executive Assistant and Chief Administrator to the President of the University of Michigan. She has served three university presidents, performs a multitude of duties, and participates on several committees. Hrabec advises and counsels the president on a broad range of issues as well as events. She maintains oversight of the Office of the President and its staff, in addition to two presidential residences. Hrabec also served as an official delegate during President Coleman’s visit to China in 2005.

Maria Carmen Lemos

Maria Carmen Lemos Maria Carmen Lemos is Associate Professor of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Senior Policy Scholar at the Udall Center for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Arizona. She has MSc and PhD degrees in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT. During 2006-2007 she was a James Martin 21st Century School Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University. Her research focuses on environmental public policymaking in Latin America and the U.S., especially related to the human dimensions of climate change (adaptation and adaptive capacity building), the co-production of science and policy, and the role of technoscientific knowledge and environmental governance in building adaptive capacity to climate variability and change response. She is a co-founder of Icarus (Initiative on Climate Adaptation Research and Understanding through the Social Sciences), which seeks foster collaboration and exchange between scholars focusing on vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. She is a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a contributor to the US Climate Change Science Program Synthesis Reports. She has served in a number of the US National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences committees including Restructuring Federal Climate Research to Meet the Challenges of Climate Change (2009), America Climate Choice Science Panel (2010) and the Board on Environmental Change and Society (2008-present).

Eva Menezes


Eva Menezes Eva Menezes is traveling with the delegation on behalf of the Office of the Vice President for Global Communications and Strategic Initiatives. As a Brazilian communications professional, she will be documenting the trip and working as a liaison between the delegation and the news media.

Eva is a multimedia designer at the U-M Institute for Social Research’s communications office. She has a master’s degree in multimedia journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, a bachelor’s degree in English and Portuguese from the University of Sao Paulo (USP), and an associate’s degree in consecutive and simultaneous translation from the Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo (PUC-SP). She can be reached at emenezes [at] umich.edu.

Jo Rumsey


Jo Rumsey Jo Rumsey is a University of Michigan School of Education graduate who earned her BA degree in 1971 and MA in 1976. She has enjoyed a 40 year career at the University of Michigan, divided equally between the Office of Student Affairs and the Alumni Association. Jo presently holds a partial appointment with the Office of the President and AAUM and focuses exclusively on international alumni engagement.

Jo has been centrally involved in the University’s initiatives in Asia, particularly in China, and is now working with a broadening campus network to explore other regional alumni interests. She is a travel enthusiast who has journeyed with alumni to many of AAUM’s furthermost destinations around the world during her career at the Alumni Association.

Donald Scavia

Donald Scavia Donald Scavia is Professor of Natural Resources and Environment, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Director of the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute. He is on the Advisory Board for the North American Nitrogen Center, the Science Advisory Board for the Annis Water Research Institute and the Central Michigan University Great Lakes Program, the Science Advisory Council of the Environmental Law and Policy Center, and science advisor to the Healing our Waters Great Lakes Coalition. At U-M, he also serves on the Executive Committee for the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. He was Director of Michigan Sea Grant from 2004-2009, SNRE Associate Dean for Research from 2004-2006, Director of the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research from 2004-2007, Associate Editor for Estuaries and Coasts from 1998-2007; Associate Editor for Frontiers in Ecology and Environment from 2002-2006, served on the Boards of Directors for the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography and the International Association for Great Lakes Research, and the Science Committee of NSF’s Collaborative Large-scale Engineering Network for Environmental Research program. He holds Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Michigan, has published over 70 articles in the primary literature and books, and led development of dozens of interagency scientific assessments and program development plans.

Mark Tessler


Mark TesslerMark Tessler is Samuel J. Eldersveld Collegiate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, where he also serves as Vice Provost for International Affairs. Professor Tessler has studied and/or conducted field research in Tunisia, Israel, Morocco, Egypt, and Palestine. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of thirteen books and over 125 scholarly articles and book chapters. His books include A History of the Israeli Palestinian Conflict (2009, 2nd edition), the first edition of which was named a “Notable Book of Year” by The New York Times; and Public Opinion in the Middle East: Survey Research and the Political Orientations of Ordinary Citizens (2011). His current research, supported by a Carnegie Islamic Scholar award, is a book entitled Islam and the Search for a Political Formula: How Ordinary Citizens in the Muslim Middle East Think about Islam’s Place in Political Life. Professor Tessler is co-director of the Arab Barometer Project, which has carried out nineteen nationally representative public opinion surveys in twelve different Arab countries in the last five years. He served as president of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies from 1995-2004. He is also a past president of the Association for Israel Studies and a founding board member of the Palestinian American Research Center.