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UMSI research roundup. Tour guide robots, lonely data science. Check out UMSI faculty and PhD student publications.

Tour-guide robots | Lonely data science: UMSI Research Roundup


Recent UMSI faculty and PhD student publications. 

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Assistant professor Michaelanne Thomas smiles as she poses next to a pink dollhouse-sized fairy door she installed on the wall of her home.

Michaelanne Thomas loves the small things in life


Thomas, assistant professor of information in the School of Information, has a lifelong obsession with tiny things, and it’s manifested in a wondrous practice that she shares with her two young sons.

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Michaelanne posing in graffiti alley in Ann Arbor, wearing jeans and a black shirt.

Michaelanne Thomas on social justice, online communities and what it means to cultivate a ‘sense of wonder’


“I'm interested in questions of power, social inequalities and structural violence, and the ways people from underrepresented groups work together to make up for infrastructure gaps."

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UMSI research roundup. 2023 conference on human factors in computing services (CHI). Check out faculty and PhD student publications.

UMSI at CHI 2023: Research, workshops, courses


Recent UMSI researchers and PhD student publications and workshops for the 2023 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI).

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Faces of UMSI: Ben Zhang


PhD student Ben Zhang talks about his journey to UMSI, where he’s finding success studying the intersection of identity, mobility, infrastructure, labor and the online platforms woven into people’s lives. 

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"Welcome, new faculty" headshots of Matthew Bui, Allen Flynn, Jesse Johnston, Chelsea Peterson-Salahuddin, Michaelanne Thomas, Megan Threats, Justine Zhang, Alex McLeod, Gregory Myers, Scott TenBrink..

UMSI welcomes new 2022-23 faculty


UMSI welcomes 10 new faculty and 30 lecturers for the 2022-23 school year.

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"ADVANCE Program, Elizabeth C. Crosby Research Award, Michaelanne Thomas, Assistant professor." Headshot of Michaelanne Thomas.

Assistant professor Michaelanne Thomas earns a Crosby Research Award


Assistant professor and former Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow Michaelanne Thomas was awarded a Crosby Grant to support new research working with the Latinx community in Flint. Thomas hopes to better understand how the community uses technology to help solve problems.

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Thomas: Cuba is creating smartphones, citizens have reason to be excited and skeptical


Assistant Professor and Presidential Postdoc Fellow Michaelanne Thomas was quoted in a Vice article about Cuba’s first attempt at creating a homegrown smartphone. 

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