In the News

  1. July 10, 2024
    • Rodney Fort

    “It’s difficult to see how Caitlin Clark would sit down and listen to her own players’ association negotiation leadership tell her she (should) put a bunch on the line so she can make a couple of hundred thousand bucks,” said Rodney Fort, professor emeritus of kinesiology, who has doubts about Clark’s potential role in a fight for higher WNBA salaries, considering she has multimillion dollar endorsement deals.

    USA Today
  2. July 10, 2024
    • Sam Erman

    “We’re in a period of rapid constitutional change, and that means that we don’t know where they’re headed. It’s a conservative super majority that’s building out a new vision of constitutional law, and we’re watching that unfold. And so I also have to decide what topics to cover,” said Sam Erman, professor of law.  

    The Hill
  3. July 10, 2024
    • Monica Carvalho

    Research by Mónica Carvalho, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences and assistant curator at the Museum of Paleontology, suggests the extinction of dinosaurs had an impact on the composition of forests in a way that may have helped facilitate the spread of grapes around the world: “We think that if there were large dinosaurs roaming through the forest, they were likely knocking down trees, effectively maintaining forests more open than they are today.”

  4. July 10, 2024
    • Luke Shaefer

    “For that brief, shining moment, we lifted millions of children out of poverty. … And then we reversed course and weren’t able to extend that past the one year and we saw child poverty spike — the highest one-year increase in history,” said Luke Shaefer, professor of public policy and social work and faculty director of Poverty Solutions, on the pandemic-era expanded Child Tax Credit.

    Detroit Free Press
  5. July 10, 2024
    • Preeti Malani

    “So much of this is at the molecular level. The clinical difference is minor, if any. It’s important to track these from a public health standpoint, but, to me, this is normal, expected evolution,” said Preeti Malani, professor of medicine, about new coronavirus variants, which are inflicting milder but disruptive illness on most people and posing a greater danger to the medically vulnerable.

    The Washington Post
  6. July 3, 2024
    • Mara Ostfeld

    “Every voter in this country deserves to be appealed to by multiple parties, to have choices. That’s the way a democracy works. And for so long, the Republican party has really ignored Black and brown voters. … There still needs to be a lot more than just going to barbershops and hiring mariachi bands. There needs to be more substance,” said Mara Ostfeld, research director at the Center for Racial Justice at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

    WDET Radio (20:50 mark/June 27)
  7. July 3, 2024
    • Aaron Kall

    “The debate was a redux of some previous arguments and grievances that existed. The fact that any amount of time was spent in a presidential debate on golf handicaps is comical. You want the focus to be on an optimistic vision. … This one was more about petty politics,” said Aaron Kall, director of U-M Debate, on the recent Biden-Trump presidential debate.

    The Dallas Morning News
  8. July 3, 2024
    • Ashley Gearhardt

    “By age 2 or 3, children are likely eating more ultraprocessed foods on any given day than a fruit or vegetable, especially if they’re poor and don’t have enough money in their family to have enough quality food to eat. Ultraprocessed foods are cheap and literally everywhere, so this is also a social justice issue,” said Ashley Gearhardt, professor of psychology.

  9. July 3, 2024
    • Clifford Lampe

    “This case does reify the protection of the free speech of (social) platforms, which are not government agencies. At the same time, this does mean that misinformation can be propagated more easily — as often bad misleading information is protected by free speech rules as well,” said Cliff Lampe, professor of information, on a Supreme Court decision that permits the government to nudge tech companies to remove falsehoods.

  10. July 3, 2024
    • Molly Kleinman

    “Detroit is an extraordinarily surveilled city. There are cameras everywhere. If all of this surveillance technology really did what it claims to, Detroit would be one of the safest cities in the country,” said Molly Kleinman, managing director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

    The New York Times