August 08, 2020

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  • Aug 3

    Attend at Home — Week of Aug. 3

    Photo of Michigan Theater marquee

    Each week, U-M’s Arts & Culture website highlights selected virtual events or exhibitions around the university.

    This week includes: The Moth Michigan Virtual StorySlam; Literati’s Feminist Book Club; Race, Sport and Restorative Justice webinar; Take Your Pick; virtual movie screenings.

    The Record is sharing Attend at Home while its print and online event listings are temporarily suspended. Read more

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Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Kristin Seefeldt
“It’s a fun sport that is challenging, but also graceful, and it’s a great way to meet a lot of new people.”

Kristin Seefeldt, associate director for educational programs at Poverty Solutions at U-M and an associate professor of social work and public policy

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This Week in U-M History

On July 26, 1971, Apollo 15 carried an all-Wolverine crew when it flew to the moon with Col. David R. Scott, Maj. Alfred Worden and Col. James Irwin.

Wolverines in space

On July 26, 1971, Apollo 15 carried an all-Wolverine crew when it flew to the moon with Col. David R. Scott, Maj. Alfred Worden and Col. James Irwin. Read about some of the other things that happened in U-M history during the weeks of July 20-Aug. 9.

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Michigan in the news

    • Headshot of Wayne Baker

    “Not asking for help is one of the most self-limiting, self-constraining, even self-destructive decisions we can make. Without the help and assistance of others, we don’t receive the resources that we need to get our work done, to solve problems, and to fulfill our missions in the world,” said Wayne Baker, professor of management and organizations, sociology, and organizational studies, and faculty associate at the Institute for Social Research.

    • Headshot of Mark Clague

    Mark Clague, associate professor of musicology, says the national anthem was played only for opening day baseball games in the 19th century and played as patriotism surged during the First World War. The growing prevalence of public address systems contributed to its use, too, and it became the official anthem in 1931. “It became a kind of obligatory, essential community need to have ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ played at every sporting event, to the point where it became a focus of the game,” he said.

    The Washington Post
    • Photo of Allison Earl

    While some people deliberately ignored the warnings from Day One, others who stuck to social distancing rules may have relaxed their caution after seeing reports that the coronavirus curve was flattened in the spring, said Allison Earl, associate professor of psychology and faculty associate at the Institute for Social Research. “People may recalibrate their judgment but they may not be accurate when they do,” she said.

    ABC News
    • Headshot of Aubree Gordon

    Aubree Gordon, professor of epidemiology, believes many areas in Michigan could hold in-person classes for elementary schools, with reduced class sizes and no mixing of classrooms. The benefits, she says, are higher for younger children both academically and from an economic standpoint, especially for working parents: “You can’t just say, ‘There’s your computer, I’m going to my home office. Good luck today.’ to your 7-year-old.”

    • Headshot of Matthew Lassiter

    “They understood something about race that Trump doesn’t understand. Voters don’t want racial privilege challenged, but they don’t want to be explicitly reminded that racism is underneath their position,” said Matthew Lassiter, professor of history, and urban and regional planning, who believes the president is unlikely to succeed with suburban voters because he’s not as subtle about race as were previous presidents Nixon and Reagan.

    The New York Times
    • Jagadeesh Sivadasan

    “After a long period of technology leadership, the U.S. is in danger of being overtaken on a number of fronts. … Restricting foreign talent could move us further behind. … The main goal of the administration — of helping U.S. workers regain jobs lost during this pandemic — is laudable. But the wholescale ban on H-1B (visas) seems a very blunt approach,” said Jagadeesh Sivadasan, professor of business economics and public policy.