Elliot Soloway, professor of education, information and electrical engineering, questions the efficacy of mastery-based learning, rejecting the notion that students have learned something simply because they can pass a series of assessments: "Mastery folks don't understand the fundamentals of what learning is about."
The New York Times
Howard Markel, professor and director of the Center for the History of Medicine, wrote a column about the Kellogg brothers and their breakfast legacy that touches on nutrition, convenience, advertising and mass-manufactured food.
"The question of how people of different ethnicities, cultures and religions build societies together is notoriously difficult, but we might start by trying to understand European states' policies on immigration/integration over the past half-century," said Rita Chin, associate professor of history, in an interview about her new book that examines the crisis of multiculturalism in Europe.
Times Higher Education
Thomas Johengen, research scientist and associate director of the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research, and colleagues are experimenting with a new technology — a lake-bottom "robotic lab" that monitors toxins — to test water and give information and early warnings about pollution.
Research by Terese (Terri) Olson, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, found that the absence of a water treatment — called orthophosphate — was a major contributor to lead contamination of Flint's water supply.
"Caregiving is done with a lot of love and affection, but there's a lot of loss involved. People talk about friends disappearing, about even family members not wanting to be involved. It's a lonely business," said Carey Wexler Sherman, assistant research scientist at the Institute for Social Research.
The New York Times
Comments by Michelle Riba, professor of psychiatry, were featured in an article about how to tune out the constant barrage of political news: "We all like ice cream but we don't need to have it every moment of the day."
Amy Thompson, clinical associate professor of pharmacy, was quoted in a story about many doctors' lack of information regarding side effects of drugs.
The Washington Post
Nicholas Bagley, professor of law, says President Trump's threat to stop billions of dollars in government payments to insurers and force the collapse of Obamacare will undermine his leverage to compel Democrats to negotiate: "Trump thinks he’s holding all the cards. But Democrats know what’s in his hand, and he’s got a pair of twos."
The Associated Press
Andy Hoffman, professor of management and organizations, and environment and sustainability, says that in the age of "fake news" and "alternative facts," scientific literacy should play a bigger role in political conversations: "Anytime that research leads to a conclusion that challenges the way people think or behave, it is by definition political. Face it. Deal with it."
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