“There’s a really big difference between getting one raise and having a long-term voice in the company. The stakes for the workers here may be just as significant,” said Kate Andrias, professor of law, commenting on wage increases for Amazon workers who, without a union, could see their pay hikes rescinded or benefits and stock options cut.
The Washington Post
“Climate science isn’t saying human-caused climate change is affecting the number of storms, but rather the destructiveness of the storms once they form and make landfall. Warming is supercharging the strength of the storms, the storm surge, the rainfall intensity and the flooding,” said Jonathan Overpeck, professor and dean of the School for Environment and Sustainability.
The Associated Press
“With high-resolution cameras and all the other remote-sensing instruments at different wavelengths, it’s quite possible we’re going to find very new features that we have not thought about possibly existing on Europa,” said Xianzhe Jia, associate professor of climate and space sciences and engineering, who has found evidence of vapor plumes on Jupiter’s moon Europa.
Molly Welch-Marahar, policy fellowship program manager for the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation, says proposed regulations could jeopardize an invaluable component to the substance abuse treatment network — recovering addicts helping those in treatment: “There’s more and more support for the mode of peer support being critical in engaging people in recovering and ensuring long-term stability.”
Researchers agree that autonomous vehicles won’t make driving safer without testing on public roads, but that brings up other questions, says Matthew Johnson-Roberson, associate professor of engineering and co-director of the U-M Ford Center for Autonomous Vehicles: “Should they all be allowed to be on public roads before passing some level of baseline performance? My personal advice is to treat the vehicles incredibly cautiously.”
Matt Bernhard, doctoral student in computer science and engineering, has shown in videos how he can defeat plastic security ties that counties across Michigan use to protect ballot bags, the cases that store voting machines and the ports that store the memory cards on optical-scan machines, which record paper ballots scanned into them.
“They’re just computers at the end of the day. Often with voting machines, when you open it up, it’s not that different from a desktop PC or mobile device. The only difference is that it’s going to be 10 years out of date, or sometimes 20 years,” said J. Alex Halderman, professor of electrical engineering and computer science.
Research led by Devin Gill, stakeholder engagement specialist at the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research, found that harmful algal blooms have changed the way many Lake Erie recreational anglers and charter captains fish: “For some of them, it looks unnatural. It looks like the lake is sick.”
Great Lakes Echo
“If you were here in 1817, Michigan would have seemed an entirely indigenous space. It was dominated by native peoples. … There’s still (a) significant native population in the state of Michigan. There are 14 reservations, 14 communities,” said Michael Witgen, associate professor of history and American culture, and director of Native American studies.
“Most poor people are white. Putting a thumb on the scale for low-income students will help far more white students than black or Hispanic students,” said Susan Dynarski, professor of public policy, education and economics, raising doubts that pursuing socioeconomic diversity in admissions practices will help racially diversify a campus.