Each year the LSA Honors Program welcomes our incoming class to campus with a full day activity called Honors Kick Off. It starts under the tent at Ingalls Mall with breakfast for the entire incoming class. As soon as the students are fed, we head over to MLB (003) with a morning of inquiry and argument.
What's the impact of Radioactivity?
To prepare, we asked our 500 incoming students to spend part of their summer reading author Laura Redniss' 2011 book Radioactive. In a review, Richard Rhodes (Pulitzer Prize winner for The Making of the Atomic Bomb) says, "Absolutely dazzling. Radioactive is both vibrant history and a work of art. Like radium itself, it glows with energy." Indeed, the lives of Marie and Pierre Curie are illuminated as they seek answers in science and through intertwined relationships. At Kick Off, our new students are gathered to hear distinguished Michigan faculty members respond to the book. After this, we break into small groups to give students an opportunity to discuss and share discoveries.
Check back after Fall Kick Off 2012 for details.