October 31, 2020

In the News

  1. October 30, 2020
    • Photo of Karen Alofs

    “One of the most effective ways for controlling local invasions of crayfish seems to be trapping and manual removal. But these efforts are labor intensive and removals usually need to be maintained over long periods,” said Karen Alofs, commenting on the marbled crayfish, which are all female, reproduce asexually, are identical in genetic make-up and a terror to biodiversity. 

  2. October 30, 2020
    • Leah Litman

    In the past 30 years, the U.S. population has grown by almost a third, but no new federal Court of Appeals judgeships have been authorized. Given lower courts’ role in voting rights cases, Leah Litman, professor of law, says expanding them will be essential to safeguard the franchise: “At this point, the health and well-being of our constitutional democracy require Congress to exercise that power.”

    The New York Times
  3. October 30, 2020
    • Shelie Miller

    “It’s not that we don’t want to worry about single-use plastics, but it really is not seeing the forest for the trees,” said Shelie Miller, director of the Program in the Environment and professor of environment and sustainability, whose research shows that plastic doesn’t always have the most impact of any packaging material, and a packaged item typically has more environmental impact than the packaging itself.

    Popular Science
  4. October 29, 2020
    • Headshot of Srijan Sen

    “There’s good data that women are better physicians and spend time with patients more. We don’t have nearly enough physicians. If COVID drives more women out of medicine, that will have long-term effects on physician shortages for decades,” said Srijan Sen, professor of psychiatry and associate vice president for health sciences.

    Crain's Detroit Business
  5. October 29, 2020
    • Emily Toth Martin

    “The magnitude, the speed of this increase is unlike any we’ve seen since the spring,” said Emily Toth Martin, associate professor of epidemiology. “However, the increase in testing alone does not explain this rise. This rise supersedes any sort of adjustment that you would expect based on testing patterns, so we are convinced there is a rapid change in the spread across Michigan.” 

    WXYZ (Detroit)
  6. October 29, 2020
    • J. Alex Halderman

    “I’m worried that the Georgia system is the technical equivalent to the 737 Max. They have just made a last-minute software change that might well have unintended consequences and cause even more severe problems on Election Day,” said J. Alex Halderman, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, on the latest election technology being used in Georgia.

    PBS NewsHour
  7. October 28, 2020
    • W. Carson Byrd

    “A lot of institutions are going to be thinking, we need more students who can pay tuition by going for upper-middle-class students, for example, who are predominantly white. That’s all well and good if you’re thinking from a tuition standpoint, but not from an equity standpoint,” said W. Carson Byrd, scholar in residence at the U-M National Center for Institutional Diversity.

    Inside Higher Ed
  8. October 28, 2020
    • Photo of Melissa Borja

    President Trump is by far the “main source of the rhetoric that stigmatizes Asian and Asian American people,” said Melissa Borja, assistant professor of American culture, whose analysis of tweets from this year’s presidential, vice presidential and U.S. Senate candidates shows that while both parties have criticized China’s initial handling of COVID-19, only Trump and Republicans have actively used scapegoating language.

  9. October 28, 2020
    • Headshot of Paul Resnick

    As foreign and domestic actors find new ways to spread disinformation ahead of the election, people should be extra cautious of election-related emails, says Paul Resnick, professor of information and director of the Center for Social Media Responsibility: “If you’re thinking, ‘This might be a phishing attack,’ you’re already halfway to safety.”

    The Detroit Free Press
  10. October 27, 2020
    • Headshot of Scott Ellsworth

    “We are looking for any and all Black massacre victims. We don’t know yet what we have and who we have,” said Scott Ellsworth, a lecturer in Afroamerican and African studies and a member of the physical investigation committee searching for the remains of victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre — one of the worst and least-known incidents of racial violence in U.S. history.

    The Washington Post