“We have created a robust safety net for seniors that has been successful at reducing poverty among the elderly, but we have failed to invest sufficiently in our youngest members of society,” said Betsey Stevenson, associate professor of public policy and economics.
“The only way we are going to prioritize time to exercise is if it is going to deliver some kind of benefit that is truly compelling and valuable to our daily life,” said Michelle Segar, director of U-M’s Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center, noting that our reasons for beginning to exercise are fundamental to whether we will keep it up.
The Guardian (U.K.)
“Over and over, you see that family wealth is an important determinant of opportunity for the next generation, over and above income. Wealth serves as a private safety net that allows you to behave differently and plan differently,” said Fabian Pfeffer, assistant professor of sociology and research assistant professor at the Institute for Social Research.
The New York Times
Research led by Lauren Gerlach, assistant professor of psychiatry, found that one in four seniors who were prescribed Xanax, Valium and other benzodiazepine drugs used them for at least year, raising the risk for falls, car crashes and long-term dependency.
“Lots of people — the political class but also people in the street, ordinary citizens — are wondering have we let Facebook and Google and Apple and Microsoft and Twitter and whoever else get too big and too powerful. People are asking those questions, and we need to take them seriously and address them,” said Daniel Crane, professor of law.
A story about how women in STEM fields can change the world cited the work of Trachette Jackson, professor of mathematics, computational medicine and bioinformatics, and a specialist in mathematical oncology.
Emily Martin, assistant professor of epidemiology, whose Influenza Vaccine Evaluation Group helps public health experts determine the effectiveness of vaccines, was interviewed about the upcoming flu season and why it's important to get a flu shot.
Detroit Free Press
Comments by Richard Rood, professor of climate and space sciences and engineering, and environment and sustainability, were featured in an article about efforts to build the best weather forecasting model.
“Pre-election polling is like a lot of other consumer products — you get what you pay for. Most published polls are sponsored by news organizations, and local newspapers and television stations are facing severe economic pressures,” said Michael Traugott, professor emeritus of political science and communication studies.
The Washington Post
According to research by Jenny Radesky, assistant professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases, the more parents have instances of “technoference” — technological devices interfering with social interactions — the more behavioral problems their kids have: “Parents who frequently use mobile devices during parent-child activities showed lower understanding of their child’s mental states and intentions.”