Q&A with anthropology alumnus Ralph W. Nicholas
Anthropologist Ralph Nicholas '57 has immersed himself in cultures all over the world, taking part in once in a lifetime opportunities and falling in love with anthropology at Wayne State University. Nicholas completed his undergraduate degree in anthropology at Wayne University (as it was called) in 1957. He went on to complete his doctoral degree at the University of Chicago and lead a rewarding academic career.
Melba Boyd: A thought leader in African American literature and cinema
Melba Joyce Boyd, Distinguished Professor in African American Studies, is an award-winning author of 13 books, nine of which are poetry. Boyd's poetry, essays, and creative nonfiction have appeared in anthologies, academic journals, cultural periodicals and newspapers in the United States and Europe.
Q&A with chemistry alumnus Edward Thomas
Ed Thomas used his love of chemistry to improve the lives of people around the world. Thomas' background in medicinal chemistry and a lifelong career in pharmaceutical research and development contributed to the development of Xeljanz, a new oral therapy for rheumatoid arthritis. Here Thomas shares more about his love of chemistry and advice for current students.
Economics alumnus Gail Makinen Q&A
Gail Makinen's career was built around the idea of making economics accessible to others. Makinen served as a professor, both at Wayne State University and at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He also prepared the nation’s most influential leaders as they tackled tough economic issues.