News from Mardigian Library: March 2019


Celebrate our rich diversity during Living Books, discover the science and innovation of studio glass and read a recap of the Politics of Space event with CECS Dean Tony England.

2019 Collection of Living Books

The Mardigian Library, in partnership with Student Government, is excited to announce an impressive lineup of Living Books who are ready to engage in stimulating conversations with you — our Living Readers! Please join us Wednesday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Berkowitz Gallery, 3rd floor Mardigian Library, for our second annual Living Library event.
Participation is simple. Drop in when you are available, browse the selection of book topics, then choose a Living Book to chat with for 15 minutes. Connect with fellow students, staff and faculty across campus as we celebrate our rich diversity. There is no need to preregister. Refreshments will be available.
  • Accidental Kisses: My Immigrant Experience, by Ghassan Abou-Zeineddine
  • Making a Difference: My Volunteer Work with the Food Pantry, by Sara Alqaragholy
  • Gender Matters: Bringing Women into STEM, by Marilee Benore
  • Back to the Future: Returning to College to Finish What I Started 18 Years Earlier, by Barbara Bolek
  • Detroit 1967: a 10-Year-Old White Girl’s Experience with the 1967 Detroit Rebellion, Racism, Intolerance, and School Integration, by Barbara Bolek
  • 1.5 Immigrant: My Life with a Palestinian Immigrant Father and a U.S.-born Mom, by Deanna Eldiraoui
  • The Grief Sherpa: Cultivating Resilience in the Face of Losing (Almost) Everything, by Laura Garling
  • 10 Years Spent in Prison: a Life of Crime, Jail, Prison, and Public Policy, by Aaron Kinzel
  • One Germany? Attending College in Germany after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, by Julia Daniel-Walkuski
  • Becoming a Star Employee: Tips from a 30-Year+ Supervisor, by Barbara Kriigel
  • My Journey as a First Generation Student, by Molly Manley
  • Living Abroad in France: Culture Shock and a New Cultural Identity, by Jeri Mannion
  • An Engineer, a User Experience Designer, and a Librarian: How I Finally Found My Passion, by Elaine Meyer
  • Fading and Growing: Living Life With a Physical Disability, by Sarah Nassar
  • Ni de Aqui, Ni de Alla—Neither Here Nor There: the Experiences of a First Generation Mexican-American, by Saulo Ortiz
  • The Sport of Curling, by Joel Seewald
  • Two Summers in South Korea: No, I Wasn’t Scared of a Missile!, by Aubree Stamper

Any questions? Contact Joan Martin ( or Carla Brooks


The Science and Innovation of Studio Glass

Wednesday, March 27, 3-4:30 p.m.
Alfred Berkowitz Gallery - 3rd Floor of Mardigian Library
Free public event
Complimentary refreshments provided

You’re invited to attend a special guest lecture in the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery by Charles Sable, Curator of Decorative Arts, Henry Ford Museum, entitled “The Science and Innovation of Studio Glass.” This lecture will be presented in conjunction with the current gallery exhibition “Global Glass: A Survey of Form and Function” that features 66 glass works from the university’s permanent collection.

Join curator Charles Sable as he describes the science behind studio glass and the talented individuals who made it possible. The science and chemistry used in the creation of studio glass goes back to the discovery of glass in ancient times. Throughout the Renaissance in Italy and in other European nations, recipes and techniques were developed that inform today’s studio glass artists. These were further advanced by American glass innovators like Louis Comfort Tiffany and the talented glass artists at Steuben in Corning, New York. Many renowned glass artists today have achieved success by combining scientific principles with artistic expression.

Charles Sable, Curator of Decorative Arts, is responsible for managing, developing, researching, and interpreting the Henry Ford Museum’s American decorative arts collections dating from the 17th century to the present. He brings more than 30 years of museum and education experience to his position. Prior to his current position, Sable served as Curator at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., Assistant Curator for the Cincinnati Art Museum, and Curator of Milwaukee’s William F. Eisner Museum of Advertising & Design. He has also held several secondary education positions. In his ten years at The Henry Ford, Sable has collaborated on refining the museum’s furniture installation, Fully Furnished, and updating several Greenfield Village houses. Most recently, Sable curated the museum’s Davidson-Gerson Gallery of Modern Glass, opened in 2016, and the Davidson-Gerson Gallery of Glass in Greenfield Village, which opened in 2017.

For more details, please check our website at or contact Laura Cotton at or 313-593-5087.

We hope to see you there!


CECS Dean and astronaut Anthony (Tony) England shares insights into the politics of space

For the first lecture of the Mardigian Library Lecture Series, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing by inviting CECS Dean Anthony (Tony) England to present “The Politics of Space” on Feb. 15, 2019, at the IAVS Borg Warner auditorium.

NASA was created to promote U.S. leadership in air and space. Addressing this mission has required managing tensions between investments in technology versus space operations, between military and civilian interests, between robotic and human missions, and between perceptions of achievement and actual achievement. Because these tensions are resolved politically, NASA program stability is always at risk with changes in political leadership.

UM-Dearborn Chancellor Dominico Grasso introduced England by providing some background about Dean England’s career. For instance, Chancellor Grasso shared that when Dean England became an astronaut in 1967, he was the youngest astronaut ever selected for the program at 25 years old.

We also learned that although Dean England earned all his degrees from MIT in something other than engineering (geology and geophysics), he got to do what engineers dream about — work under very constrained conditions to create a very important solution. Chancellor Grasso shared one very important example of how Dean England lived that dream with the Apollo 13 mission.

As Apollo 13 approached the moon, an oxygen tank exploded. The 3-man crew had to abort their mission. To save themselves, the astronauts had to somehow attach a square CO2 scrubber to the circular opening of the lunar module’s filtration system. Dean England was the individual who led the team on the ground that adapted the lithium hydroxide canisters in order to scrub the CO2 out of the atmosphere of the Lunar Module — which prevented a catastrophe on Apollo 13.

After the chancellor’s introduction, an immensely excited audience of approximately 100 UM-Dearborn faculty, staff and students welcomed Dean England. Dean England’s objective for this talk was not only to provide an entertaining and engaging talk, but to give the audience some perspective about how the space program looked from the other side of the desk (to share some insights into the politics of space).

Dean England’s talk discussed the political context of NASA human spaceflight that served as a prism to discuss the drivers, evolution, and future of NASA’s programs from the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 and extending through human missions to Mars.

At the conclusion of Dean England’s program, the audience was very engaged and asked plenty of thoughtful questions about the many facets of Dean England’s career at NASA. Everyone was so excited to ask questions and hear him tell NASA stories that they didn’t want to leave!

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