“The primary purpose of an evaluation cannot be to fire, punish or embarrass, (but) to build a system where every student gets an excellent education every day of every year,” School of Education Dean Deborah Ball said in a story about teacher-evaluation reform in Michigan.
Sheldon Danziger, professor of public policy, spoke about the high poverty rate in the U.S.: “Given current economic conditions, poverty will not be substantially reduced unless government does more to help the working poor and those who are willing to work but cannot find jobs.”
The Associated Press
A story about small shops that leverage technology to meet demand for low-volume, highly customizable products quoted Wally Hopp, professor of technology and operations: “You're seeing these mom-and-pop operations picking up manufacturing, doing it in a highly flexible, highly local kind of way.”
Daniel Herbert, assistant professor of screen arts and cultures, was interviewed about the early success but ultimate demise of the Blockbuster video-rental chain.
Dr. Ora Pescovitz, executive vice president for medical affairs and CEO of the U-M Health System, spoke about the fiscal and operational challenges facing academic medical centers: “In order to survive, academic medical centers must reinvent ourselves (or else) other health care systems will simply eat our lunch.”
U.S. News & World Report
Research by Luke Hyde, assistant professor of psychology, was the subject of an article about the role of brain function, parental involvement and environment in determining antisocial behavior in children.
The Baltimore Sun
Vincent Hutchings, professor of political science, was quoted in a story about voter turnout in the Detroit mayoral election.
Detroit Free Press
A story about gut bacteria and colon cancer featured the research of Patrick Schloss, associate professor of microbiology and immunology.
An article about global warming and dwarfism in mammals quoted Philip Gingerich, professor of earth and environmental sciences: “The fact that it happened twice (before) significantly increases our confidence that we're seeing cause and effect, that one interesting response to global warming in the past was a substantial decrease in body size in mammalian species.”
(London) Daily Mail
“This isn’t a top-down effort. This energy is coming mostly from the bottom up, and that’s how revolutions happen,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, senior counselor for entrepreneurial education, in a story announcing the university’s intention to bring entrepreneurial education to all undergraduates in the next two years.
The Associated Press