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May 22, 2018

In The News

May 18, 2018

International research led by Juliette Becker, doctoral student in astronomy, describes the discovery of a small, rocky space object with an extraordinary orbit that she says bolsters the case for a ninth planet.


May 18, 2018

Gary Freed, professor of health management and policy, and pediatrics and communicable diseases, commented on research that shows prescription drug use is down for children and teens.

National Public Radio

May 18, 2018

"A majority of the emissions are actually related to the electricity, and they haven't eliminated that. Aluminum is very electricity-intensive," said Greg Keoleian, professor of environment and sustainability, and civil and environmental engineering, on new technology that can remove carbon dioxide emissions from the high-temperature smelting process that goes into making aluminum.

The Washington Post

May 17, 2018

"Our intuitive and emotional reactions are wired for millennia and millennia. When there's a fire in the cave, you run," said Steven Katz, professor of internal medicine, and health management and policy, who understands that cancer patients want to take immediate action, but that making a deliberate decision and even getting a second opinion may be warranted.

The New York Times

May 17, 2018

Louise O'Brien, research associate professor of neurology, and obstetrics and gynecology, commented on new research that suggests that pregnant women who nap regularly may reduce their baby's risk of low birth weight.


May 17, 2018

"A transit system that integrates trains, buses and on-demand (connected and autonomous vehicles) is the best scenario for energy consumption. But such a system requires proactive planning, rather than a default to the car-oriented policies inherited from an earlier era," said Jonathan Levine, professor of urban and regional planning.


May 16, 2018

"As a physician, my interest is in the safety of my patient and those around him. So this feels like it would be negligent not to discuss this with a patient and his or her family," said Donovan Maust, assistant professor of psychiatry, on addressing gun safety with an older patient whose mental competence may be fading.

Los Angeles Times

May 16, 2018

"Of course parents worry about these devices reinforcing negative behaviors, whether it's being sassy or teasing a virtual assistant. But I think there are bigger questions surrounding things like kids' cognitive development — the way they consume information and build knowledge," said Jenny Radesky, assistant professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases, about the effect of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.


May 16, 2018

"The key concept here is to use as many natural, local materials as possible that provides a super-insulated building," said Joe Trumpey, associate professor of art, natural resources and environment, who is building an off-the-grid straw bale building with students at Matthaei Botanical Gardens.


May 15, 2018

"China is trying to make an opportunity out of a bad situation. The Trump administration's moves on trade could negatively affect the Chinese economy at a time when it faces many internal challenges. But the U.S. has also antagonized many of its important trading partners and allies, so China is smart to try to counter the U.S.," said Mary Gallagher, professor of political science and director of the Center for Chinese Studies.