"Patients are often overwhelmed by massive amounts of data they now have access to. The easier we make it for them to understand, the more likely it is they will use it and the less time the doctor has to spend explaining it," said Brian Zikmund-Fisher, associate professor of health behavior and health education, who developed a web-based app that makes it easier for patients to understand medical information.
The Wall Street Journal
"Our findings suggest that information control in China is more varied and decentralized than we thought. … China's ability to control information is impressive, but decentralization makes the system hard to tightly control," wrote Mary Gallagher, professor of political science, and Blake Miller, doctoral student in political science.
The Washington Post
The use of fake progress bars on apps and websites that trick users into trusting the system is a useful, beneficial tool if deployed correctly, says Eytan Adar, associate professor of information, and electrical engineering and computer science.
Peter Ho Davies, professor of English language and literature, was interviewed about his new book, "The Fortunes," which offers four linked stories that explore what it means to be Chinese in America.
Michigan Radio Stateside
Mark Moldwin, professor of climate and space sciences and engineering, was quoted in an article about the rebooting of the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, a former U.S. military facility in Alaska now under civilian control.
Kira Birditt, research associate professor at the Institute for Social Research, commented on a recent study that suggests married couples may be healthier than single, divorced or widowed adults at least in part because they have lower levels of a stress hormone associated with a variety of medical problems.
An artificial-intelligence startup that built a Siri-like voice-controlled app for banking announced it has raised $6.3 million. The company was started by Jason Mars and Lingjia Tang, both assistant professors of electrical engineering and computer science.
Crain's Detroit Business
"Even the role of dogs in society has become contested ground in America's culture clash pitting 'blue' against 'red' states," said Andrei Markovits, professor of political science, sociology and Germanic languages and literature, who notes that canines are treated more like family members and less like work animals in blue areas.
The Huffington Post
Research by Jan Van den Bulck, professor of communication studies, suggests that setting a time to switch off the TV at night helps viewers get to bed at an earlier time, possibly improving sleep patterns and quality.
"While the auto industry might welcome lower fuel-efficiency standards, environmental groups and consumer advocates almost certainly would sue," said David Uhlmann, director of the U-M Environmental Law and Policy Program, regarding a request by auto industry executives to reinstate an EPA review of fuel economy regulations through 2025.