In the News

  1. June 19, 2024
    • Holly Hughes

    “I get upset when I see that some people of my generation, particularly lesbians in my generation, aren’t sympathetic to the trans movement or feel that it’s marginalizing lesbians and queer women. Lesbians are marginalized, but it’s not because of the trans movement,” said Holly Hughes, professor of theatre and drama.

    Hyperallergic
  2. June 19, 2024

    “In today’s modern world, we (have) more pleasures than our ancestors did readily available. All kinds of things from foods to cultural things to all kinds of life enrichment. … (That) means that we have a brain wired to seek rare pleasures and we are now pursuing frequent multiple pleasures. We can be caught up in that very easily,” said Kent Berridge, professor of psychology.

    National Public Radio
  3. June 19, 2024
    • Marisa Eisenberg

    “It’s clear that there’s something going on. I think the wastewater is really telling us that we actually are seeing more activity for H5 (influenza A virus) than other places are. Now as for why, that is a fascinating question. I don’t feel like we have a handle on it yet,” said Marisa Eisenberg, associate professor of epidemiology, complex systems and mathematics.

    Detroit Free Press
  4. June 19, 2024
    • Kamran Diba

    “The memories that are formed prior to sleep deprivation will not undergo the same memory processing as those before sleep. Other studies have previously shown that such memories won’t be remembered in the same way,” said Kamran Diba, associate professor of anesthesiology, whose research suggests that not getting enough sleep might permanently disrupt the formation and retrieval of waking memories.

    Newsweek
  5. June 19, 2024
    • Lee Roosevelt

    Because complications arising from taking mifepristone closely mimic those of a natural miscarriage, women in anti-abortion states may be protected from prosecution, says Lee Roosevelt, clinical associate professor of nursing. The medication also doesn’t show up in the bloodstream, making it challenging for doctors to prove whether patients have taken it unless they disclose it themselves, she says.

    The Washington Post
  6. June 12, 2024
    • Rada Milhacea

    Rada Milhacea, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and EECS doctoral student Artem Abzaliev are using artificial intelligence to better understand what a dog’s bark conveys about whether it is feeling playful or angry. “Advances in AI can be used to revolutionize our understanding of animal communication. Our research opens a new window into how we can leverage what we built so far in speech processing to start understanding the nuances of dog barks,” Milhacea said.

    BBC
  7. June 12, 2024
    • Kimberley Kinder

    The public-facing nature of bookstores makes them particularly powerful agents of social change and can serve as a bridge to more formal avenues of organizing, says Kimberley Kinder, associate professor of urban planning: “These places proclaim political identity in signage and events that spill out into the streets.” 

    The New York Times
  8. June 12, 2024

    “Instead of installing cameras at an intersection, if we know the trajectory of the vehicle, then the vehicle itself becomes the traffic sensor,” said Mcity Director Henry Liu, on the use of data gathered directly from internet-connected vehicles or navigation apps on drivers’ phones to help municipalities adjust the timing of their traffic lights. 

    The Wall Street Journal
  9. June 12, 2024
    • Shelie Miller

    “There is so much that the plastics industry needs to do to improve the sustainability of plastics,” said Shelie Miller, professor of environment and sustainability. “If our stance is, consumers should be able to consume whatever they want in whatever quantity they want and it’s someone else’s job to deal with it, that’s not a path toward sustainability.”

    National Public Radio
  10. June 12, 2024
    • Headshot of Robert Lionel

    “It’s going to be interesting to see whether AI complements our pet ownership or replaces it. There’s huge potential. But there’s equally huge risk,” said Lionel Robert, professor of information and robotics, on the latest pet tech innovations like smart collars and robot nannies.

    The Washington Post