January 20, 2020

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Faculty/Staff Spotlight

“An unexpected highlight of the day was hanging out with contestants. It’s a great group of fellow nerds.”

— Lisa Murray, UMS associate director of development, foundation and government relations, and “Jeopardy!” contestant

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This Week in U-M History

On Jan. 21, 1931, students staged the comedy "Rebound" at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.

On the ‘Rebound’

On Jan. 21, 1931, students staged the comedy “Rebound” at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Read about some of the other things that happened in U-M history during the week of Jan. 20-26.

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Michigan in the news

    • Headshot of Bridgette Carr

    “We don’t have a long history of figuring out what to do in cases of human trafficking. I think this litigation and the courts are just trying to come up with the best, imperfect solution,” said Bridgette Carr, clinical professor and director of the Human Trafficking Clinic at the Law School, commenting on a lawsuit against the estate of Jeffrey Epstein that alleges he sexually abused and trafficked hundreds of young women and girls on his private Caribbean island, some as recently as 2018.

    The New York Times
    • Photo of Gabriel Ehrlich

    Gabriel Ehrlich, director of the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics, says Michigan’s economy will keep growing but at a slower pace because young people are not joining the workforce as fast as older workers are dying, retiring or moving: “Expansions don’t die of old age, so it’s not just a function of how long it’s been going on, but we do think we’re going to run into speed limits as we face a shortage of workers as we get out into 2022 and beyond.”

    Michigan Radio
    • Photo of Aaron Kall

    Aaron Kall, director of the U-M debate program, said last week’s Democratic presidential debate lacked fireworks despite the hype and added urgency of the upcoming caucus: “I don’t know it changed all that much heading into Iowa. The problem is I don’t know that anybody knows exactly how Iowans will act. … If you’re Sanders and Biden, I think you probably feel pretty good after the debate. Things are pretty bunched up at the top.”