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December 17, 2017

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November 13, 2017

Research by Weiyun Chen, associate professor of health and fitness, and colleagues suggests that being happy and hopeful have a greater impact on health than Body Mass Index.

China Daily

November 13, 2017

Erin Cech, assistant professor of sociology, was quoted in an article about the high proportion of women pursuing STEM careers in Muslim-majority countries.


November 13, 2017

The most important risk factors for colorectal cancer are family history, personal history of polyps or cancer, certain diseases such as ulcerative colitis, and not getting screened, said Samantha Hendren, associate professor of surgery: "Lifestyle can also influence risk. However, diet is only one component of lifestyle risk. Not smoking, being normal weight and taking aspirin are all associated with lower colorectal cancer risk."


November 10, 2017

Comments by J. Alex Halderman, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and Walter Mebane, professor of political science and statistics, were featured in a story about how paper ballots can protect U.S. elections from foreign invaders.

The Christian Science Monitor

November 10, 2017

Elena Schiopu, associate professor of rheumatology and internal medicine, was quoted in an article about precautions that pregnant women should take if they have rheumatoid arthritis.

U.S. News & World Report

November 10, 2017

"It's perfectly clear. The only reason to have a Bermuda company in there is because Bermuda is a tax haven," said Reuven Avi-Yonah, professor of law, regarding the Paradise Papers revelation that a major Scottish oil firm set up a "shell" company on the Caribbean island to purchase its share in a $50 million North Sea oil production platform.


November 9, 2017

"It's important not to link these kinds of heinous crimes with mental illness unless one knows for sure what was a cause and effect. Most people with mental illness are wonderful citizens and have an illness that's treatable. They don't behave in a way that leads to what happened [in Texas]," said Michelle Riba, professor of psychiatry and associate director of the U-M Comprehensive Depression Center.


November 9, 2017

"The issue with Trump is that if you ignore some of the things he says, it might come back to bite you. Every time there is a comment like that, you have to factor in another wave of uncertainty about future economic or trade policy," said Hoyt Bleakley, associate professor of economics, on the president's comment that Japanese automakers should build cars in America — something they've been doing for more than 30 years.

Detroit Free Press

November 9, 2017

"The association with divorce was greater if men reported low levels of tension when women reported a higher accumulation of tension. It could reflect a lack of investment in the relationship on the husband's part — they might believe it is unnecessary to change or adjust their behavior," said Kira Birditt, research associate professor at the Institute for Social Research, regarding her study that shows women are twice as likely as men to file for divorce.

The Economic Times (India)

November 8, 2017

Betsey Stevenson, associate professor of public policy and economics, is optimistic that the pioneering role model Janet Yellen has provided for women in economics will outweigh the fact that she wasn't reappointed as chair of the Federal Reserve: "I think it really reflects how polarized our times are that [Trump] didn't feel he could appoint someone who had her origins under President Obama."

The Washington Post