In the News

  1. May 19, 2022

    COVID-19 cases in Michigan are up because the latest subvariant is so contagious and people are having much more contact with one another, says Laraine Washer, clinical professor of internal medicine and infectious diseases: “In Michigan at least, there’s much less mask wearing. There’s more interaction, and so more opportunity for a highly contagious subvariant to spread … with these subvariants, reinfection is possible.”

    CBC (Canada)
  2. May 19, 2022
    • Riana Anderson

    “We need to have conversations with our children at the dinner table, in our schools, in our mentoring groups, to let them know that all lives have human value, and that we should not dehumanize the lives of Black and Brown and Asian folk,” said Riana Anderson, assistant professor of health behavior and health education.

  3. May 19, 2022

    “This is gonna be a shot in the arm for a lot of the pro-reproductive rights organizations. I don’t know whether or not there’ll be a counter-mobilization that’s really going to work for the anti-abortion groups,” said Richard Hall, professor of political science and public policy, on the surge in donations to abortion rights groups and mobilization of pro-choice voters.

    USA Today
  4. May 18, 2022

    Leaders of Michigan communities overwhelmingly agree recycling remains important, but they face challenges to implement recycling programs for their residents, says Debra Horner, project manager at the Michigan Public Policy Survey program: “Finding ways to bring — to concierge — to hold their hand and to say, ‘These are the steps you need to take,’ and be very explicit about that. I think that’s really going to help move the needle for a lot of these places.”

  5. May 18, 2022
    • Mark Reynolds

    “It’s a phenomenal achievement. Now we have two of these supermassive black holes that we can image directly and the path is open for us to image many more of these systems in the coming decades,” said Mark Reynolds, associate research scientist in astronomy, who helped the Event Horizon Telescope project find the Sagittarius A* — a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

    Bridge Michigan
  6. May 18, 2022

    Over the past decade, spending on financial aid has increased an average of 11% a year at U-M. “We know from so much research that affordability is a key aspect of academic success. You can’t have the graduation rates that we have without the support for financial aid,” said Amy Dittmar, senior vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs and professor of finance.

  7. May 17, 2022
    • Headshot of Adam Lauring
    • Emily Toth Martin

    “What was omicron in January is not what omicron is now. There have been these changes with omicron that have fine-tuned what it does, and some of them are better able to spread than the original omicron,” said Adam Lauring, associate professor of microbiology and immunology. Emily Martin, associate professor of epidemiology, said COVID-19 might continue to mutate, but “it’s the same virus, and it’s spreading worldwide and we are still going to have to watch it and be prepared to respond.”

    Detroit Free Press
  8. May 17, 2022
    • Sierra Petersen

    “These new findings help resolve temperatures in North America during a peak greenhouse warmth interval in the geologic past, which in turn may help us better predict just how warm Earth may be in the future under projected higher atmospheric CO2 conditions,” said Sierra Petersen, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, whose research found that the shallow sea that covered much of western North America 95 million years ago was as warm as today’s tropics.

    Nature World News
  9. May 17, 2022
    • Matt Davenport

    Millions of medical scans worldwide could be postponed due to a shortage of the dye used in medical imaging after a COVID-19 lockdown in China temporarily closed a factory, says Matt Davenport, clinical professor of radiology: “It’s an all-eggs-in-one-basket problem, where the supply chain is concentrated in one city and one country, and the health systems engage in (single) preferred-vendor contracting.” 

    The Washington Post
  10. May 16, 2022
    • Erica Marsh
    • Image of Richard Friedman

    Fears that the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade and make abortion illegal in some states could complicate things for people trying to conceive children using in vitro fertilization. “From a perspective of how we care for patients … this absolutely has implications for embryo storage and … disposal,” said Erica Marsh, professor of obstetrics and gynecology. Richard Friedman, professor of law, says it’s unlikely couples using IVF, in which embryos may be destroyed, would be prosecuted and convicted: “I just don’t see that happening.”

    Crain's Detroit Business