Mark Barteau, director of the U-M Energy Institute and professor of chemical engineering and chemistry, says that companies that want to reach the goals laid out in the Paris agreement should be held accountable: "If they're really committed to trying to meet the Paris numbers on their own, I think having independent validation that they're doing that is going to be important— otherwise it's just going to look like the usual corporate propaganda and greenwashing."
"Investment in research, especially biomedical research, is amongst the best investments we can possibly make. I'm puzzled how an administration that wants to grow American strength is thinking about underinvesting in an area where it is a global leader," said President Mark Schlissel.
"They have the power to change policy, but no corresponding check on that power. It does subvert the democratic process," said Megan Tompkins-Stange, assistant professor of public policy, on philanthropic efforts by tech companies to remake public education.
The New York Times
"I was very frustrated to listen to the litany of data that he presented. He was talking about jobs lost and shutting factories and industries devastated by 2040. And that's really, really sketchy data," said Andrew Hoffman, professor of management and organizations, and natural resources and environment, regarding President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.
Poets & Quants
J. Alex Halderman, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, said the pre-Election Day attack by a Russian military intelligence agency on a U.S. firm that provides election services and systems is "highly significant … because it confirms that Russia was interested in targeting voting technology, at least to some extent."
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"Teaching has gotten much, much, much, much more difficult. … We need teachers to do more but we'd like to pay them less and reduce benefits, and hold them accountable for everything. It's really challenging, and by no means do we have all the solutions, but we do have ideas," said Elizabeth Moje, dean of the School of Education.
Detroit Free Press
About 2,500 pedestrians are killed at night every year crossing the road, in many cases because drivers can't see them because their headlights don't shine brightly enough, says Michael Flanagan, research associate professor at U-M Transportation Research Institute.
"Jobs are important for both developed and developing countries. In the face of globalization, however, national leaders should focus more on jobs that are sustainable and do not come at the expense of the environment." said Yue Maggie Zhou, assistant professor of strategy.
"This order only makes sense from an administration that wants to demonstrate to its constituency that it doesn't like Muslims. Neither Obama nor Clinton, or President Bush, would have issued this order," said Richard Primus, professor of law, commenting on the probable appeal of a ruling blocking Donald Trump's ban on visitors from six majority Muslim countries.
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"For some kinds of connections and information, social media is probably replacing other channels, such as a phone call or running out to buy a newspaper or watching the 6:30 TV news. Social media has probably changed how we respond but the basic human needs it meets — social connection and information — are the same," said Nicole Ellison, professor of information.