August 14, 2020

In the News

  1. August 12, 2020
    • Rosa Vásquez Espinoza

    “Biodiversity of the Amazon does not end where the eyes meet. It’s not just the beautiful plants and the exotic animals. There’s so much more life there and I think it has to be taken into consideration when we talk about conservation of the Amazon,” said Rosa Vásquez Espinoza, doctoral student in chemical biology, who is studying the medicinal properties of microbes flowing in a sacred boiling river in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest.

    Science Friday
  2. August 12, 2020
    • Photo  of Kevin Stange

    “It is worrying that we haven’t seen any aid application expansion, and particularly that the gaps based on race or school income level have widened. FAFSA and TIP completion rates would need to be even higher than normal to keep up with the challenges created by the pandemic,” said Kevin Stange, associate professor of public policy, whose research found no increases in Michigan in students filling out Michigan’s largest state scholarship program for low-income students.

    Inside Higher Education
  3. August 12, 2020
    • Photo of Rebecca Haffajee

    “All of these companies have other products, as well as opioids, that are used for medically necessary purposes. So the goal is not necessarily to put these pharmacies, these manufacturers, these distributors out of business altogether,” said Rebecca Haffajee, assistant professor of health management and policy, on the many drug companies on the front lines of the COVID-19 response facing lawsuits for their role in the opioid epidemic.

    National Public Radio
  4. August 12, 2020
    • Headshot of Odest Chadwicke Jenkins

    “America is poised to invest billions of dollars to remain the leader in artificial intelligence as well as quantum computing. … This is why it is important to invest in fixing the systemic inequalities that have sidelined Black people from contributing to AI and from having a hand in the products that will undoubtedly impact everyone,” wrote Chad Jenkins, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and associate director of the Michigan Robotics Institute.

  5. August 12, 2020
    • Photo of Preeti Malani

    “I think the days of really large parties, big house parties where everyone’s crowded, I don’t think those are going to happen as much,” said Preeti Malani, U-M’s chief health officer and professor of internal medicine and infectious diseases. “At the same time, these are young adults who have social needs. That’s a part of their well being, too, and they do need to be interacting with other people.”

  6. August 5, 2020
    • 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.

  7. August 5, 2020
    • 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
  8. August 5, 2020
    • 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.”

  9. August 5, 2020
    • 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
  10. August 5, 2020
    • 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.