"It's essentially public outrage. If the monitors are behaving badly, there won't be any monitoring. Then we need to rely on employees to speak up, whistle-blowing, and customers putting pressure on companies once these issues come to light," said Cindy Schipani, professor of business law, on how to hold private companies accountable for wrongdoing.
Los Angeles Times
"This combination of research and testing in a controlled facility like Mcity, and testing on the street in the real world, on this scale, doesn't exist anywhere else in the world," said James Sayer, director of the U-M Transportation Research Institute, referring to U-M's development of interconnected, driverless car technologies.
The New York Times
Inés Ibáñez, associate professor of environment and sustainability, and ecology and evolutionary biology, discussed the impact of climate change and other global change factors that are causing trees to migrate north and west in search of more moisture and cooler temperatures.
"While HBO has shown that global TV blockbusters are now possible, they aren't likely to become common practice. Internet-distributed services that are building a global subscriber base-–such as Netflix and Amazon Video-–have a clear advantage in this regard," wrote Amanda Lotz, professor of communication studies and screen arts and cultures, in an op-ed on the worldwide popularity of HBO's "Games of Thrones."
"The single thing we can be absolutely sure about with a bill like this is that it would increase hardship significantly for struggling families," said Luke Shaefer, director of Poverty Solutions and associate professor of social work and public policy, regarding a congressional plan to slash food stamps and welfare spending by tightening eligibility requirements.
"Depression is a negative view of self, of the world and of the future. Everything is sort of being seen through dark-colored glasses. … It's pretty common, when people are depressed, for them to think that no one understands them ― and that's a really tough place to be," said John Greden, professor of psychiatry.
A story about the need for more doctors with disabilities and their positive impact on patient care featured medical student Molly Fausone; Philip Zazove, professor of family medicine; and Michael McKee, assistant professor of family medicine.
"It's relatively easy and painless for businesses to pledge their allegiance to the Paris climate accord. For one thing, the agreement is nonbinding and has no enforcement mechanism, so talk can be sold on the cheap. We also live in a time when it makes decreasing economic sense for companies to rely on greenhouse gas-intense fuel sources when more climate-friendly options, such as natural gas and renewables, are cheaper," wrote Joe Arvai, professor of environment and sustainability and director of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise.
The Globe and Mail (Canada)
The Senate health care bill will "either mean coverage for fewer people or fewer services. And if those essential health benefits like maternity care and contraception aren't protected, women and children could be in real danger of losing care," said Michelle Moniz, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology.
"Self-driving vehicles are constantly monitoring the roads, and they're never drunk or distracted," said Brandon Schoettle, project manager at the U-M Transportation Research Institute.
The Wall Street Journal