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News for Faculty and Staff

May 27, 2016

Art in nature

This unusual snow pattern, captured on a bridge at Ford Lake near Ypsilanti, is one of the winners in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology's annual photo contest for students, faculty and staff. "Everything was covered in snow, when an uncommonly hot sun popped out from behind some clouds," said the photographer, postdoctoral researcher Joseph Brown. The exposed snow melted, leaving behind this pattern formed by the railing's shadows. View the winners and other entries from this year's contest.

Long-lasting turtle

Justin Congdon, a turtle researcher and professor emeritus at the University of Georgia, holds the female Blanding's turtle, believed to be at least 83 years old, that was captured this week at U-M's Edwin S. George Reserve near Pinckney. Researchers say it is the oldest well-documented Blanding's turtle and one of the oldest-known freshwater turtles. (Photo by Christopher Dick, E.S. George Reserve)

An educational journey

UM-Dearborn students, faculty, and staff from the College of Education, Health, and Human Services recently toured southwest Detroit, where they visited public schools and non-profit agencies to learn about efforts underway to help brighten the future of are neighborhoods. (Photo by Claudia Lugo-Meeks)

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

"We are all searching for meaning and ways to grow. It's even more stark in prison — it's so urgent."

Janie Paul, professor of art and social work, and co-creator of the Prison Creative Arts Project

Old School

Put me in coach

The 1929 U-M baseball team poses for a photo.

Michigan in the News

Research by Dr. J. Rebecca Liu, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and Dr. Weiping Zou, professor of surgery, explored why ovarian cancer becomes resistant to chemotherapy over time — potentially leading to new therapies that could enhance treatment.

Tech Times

"Do risks of cellphones require more study? Yes, especially looking for any long-term risk to children who use them extensively over many years. Meanwhile, there is not much basis for modifying our use of mobile phones because of the risk of brain tumors or other risks from RF emissions," said Dr. Larry Junck, professor of neurology.

The Wall Street Journal

Alexander Munk, doctoral student in mathematics, and Erhan Bayraktar, professor of mathematics, say the case against computer-assisted bettors in horse racing, finance and other sports isn't straightforward: "Whether or not the house and ordinary bettors benefit or suffer due to their presence depends on a number of conditions."

The Conversation

"The problem isn't that voters are too uninformed. It is that they don't know just how uninformed they are," wrote David Dunning, professor of psychology and faculty associate at the Institute for Social Research, in a column about the popularity of Donald Trump.

Politico

"For 40 percent of these patients to be alive at three years is a big deal. It makes us wonder if we can use the word 'cure,'" said Dr. Daniel Hayes, professor of internal medicine, referring to two new drugs that are helping cancer patients live longer.

Fortune

"The wives, sisters, daughters, friends of those men who may be feeling an economic pinch or worse, their jobs have also either gone away or stagnated. And they are also responding to a form of resentment that (Donald) Trump has primarily focused on immigrants, and not specifically targeted toward women," said Susan Douglas, professor of communication studies.

The Christian Science Monitor