Spring 2023

Arnold Monto black and white photo

Monto Milestones

This highlight reel provides a timeline of Dr. Arnold Monto’s pioneering work on identifying, treating and preventing infectious respiratory diseases.

Josua Petrie

Alumnus Joshua Petrie reflects on mentor Arnold Monto

Joshua Petrie, BS ’04, MPH ’08, PhD ’16, is an associate research scientist at the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Recently, he took a few minutes to talk about the impact his former professor and mentor, Dr. Arnold Monto, had on his own career and the public-health field.

Suzanne Gilbert

Suzanne Gilbert: Bridging eye care to public health

Suzanne Gilbert, MPH ’75 and PhD ’83, has dedicated her life to working in international public health and preventing blindness after co-founding the Seva Foundation with fellow alum Dr. Larry Brilliant, among others, more than 40 years ago. She is the senior director of Research and Strategic Opportunities at Seva’s headquarters in Berkeley, California.

Dr. Larry Brilliant in Bangladesh in 1977

Larry Brilliant: A lifelong pursuit of public health, 'the most rewarding field in the world'

Dr. Larry Brilliant, MPH ’77, arrived at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in the 1970s with perhaps the most impressive résumé for a prospective student. He and his wife, Girija, had just returned from India after helping eradicate smallpox. Of course, the physician and medical epidemiologist has gone on to have a world-class career in public health and in the technology industry.

Whitney Peoples

Getting to know Whitney Peoples, director of Equity and Inclusion

Whitney Peoples started serving as University of Michigan School of Public Health’s inaugural director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in August 2021 after working in leadership roles at the university’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. She has more than 20 years of experience in feminist and critical race research, activism and teaching.

Arabic calligraphy for the words public health

Q&A: Nihad Dukhan

Master Arabic calligrapher

The modern Arabic calligraphy featured in this issue of Findings was designed by Nihad Dukhan, an Arab American master calligraphy artist and a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Detroit Mercy. Dukhan is active in promoting Arabic/Islamic calligraphy and increasing people’s awareness of its cultural significance through exhibits, lectures and workshops.