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July 20, 2018

In The News

May 2, 2018

June Manning Thomas, professor of urban planning, was quoted in an article about a rumored sale of Detroit's iconic Michigan Central Station and what it may mean for the city's revitalization.


May 2, 2018

"Nearly 95 percent of all the methane in the Earth's atmosphere originated from current and past biology. So, it is natural to ask whether methane on Mars is also of biologic origin," said Sushil Atreya, professor of climate and space sciences and engineering, regarding why methane, a possible signature of life, is being released on the red planet.

Scientific American

May 2, 2018

Heather Ann Thompson, professor of history, Afroamerican and African studies and the Residential College, penned an opinion piece on what really happened during a recent riot at a South Carolina prison that left seven inmates dead and 22 hospitalized.

The New York Times

May 1, 2018

Research by Elham Mahmoudi, assistant professor of family medicine, suggests that hearing aids may mean fewer visits to the hospital for seniors and shorter hospital stays.


May 1, 2018

E. Han Kim, professor of finance and international business, and director of the East Asia Management Center, discussed the recent meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

WJR Radio (Detroit)

May 1, 2018

"We're developing all the fundamental science and we publish it and we make all of our math available open source. Others take our work, they've seen it proven in our videos, and then they're confident when they implement it on their machine," said Jessy Grizzle, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and mechanical engineering, whose lab is working with a remote-controlled biped called Cassie, a research platform that roboticists are using to master bipedal locomotion.


April 30, 2018

Brian Jacob, professor of education, economics and public policy, and Nell Duke, professor of education, commented on the poor performance of Michigan schools, the state's inequitable funding model for students, and the lack of investment in teacher continuing education.

Bridge Magazine

April 30, 2018

"Ultimately, universities should be viewed as places where research and development occurs in the public trust. For a donor to stand up now, over one honorary degree because they feel like that's somehow harmful to their interests … I think it reflects a lack of maturity and a lack of understanding," said Joe Arvai, professor of environment and sustainability, and business administration, on the backlash against a Canadian university's announcement to give an honorary degree to a well-known but controversial environmentalist.

CBC Radio (Canada)

April 30, 2018

"We are striving to solve the opioid epidemic by working at the most fundamental problem: the effective treatment of pain. Our work can also provide other researchers with a better understanding of opioid receptors and interactions between receptors, which could be exploited to develop better options for pain management," said Thomas Fernandez, a postdoctoral PREP Scholar at the Medical School.

Los Angeles Times

April 27, 2018

"The way these laws played out, they impacted racial minorities, but it was through the disability lens, which makes it more insidious," said Alexandra Minna Stern, professor of American culture, history, women's studies, and obstetrics and gynecology, on state eugenics laws that allowed for the sterilization of more than 60,000 minorities, poor people and those with disabilities in the U.S. last century.

The Washington Post