May 16, 2021

In the News

  1. May 14, 2021
    • Photo of Howard Markel

    “The moonshot happened. We’re on the moon. … If you counted up all the lives that have been saved and all the disease prevented over the last 100 years, you’re talking the top 9 out of 10 greatest hits of medicine,” said Howard Markel, director of the Center for the History of Medicine, who believes the “moonshot” was developing and manufacturing safe and effective vaccines in record time.

    CNN
  2. May 14, 2021
    • John Pottow

    The federal judge who tossed out the National Rifle Association’s bankruptcy case warned that any effort to revive it will likely result in the appointment of an outside trustee to take control of the organization and its finances. “They will not be back anytime soon,” said John Pottow, professor of law, adding that the judge’s warning was “not just a shot across the bow” but “a full volley.”

    The New York Times
  3. May 14, 2021

    The warming deep waters of Lake Michigan will profoundly impact the lake’s food web, resulting in a reduced abundance of fish, says Gregory Dick, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, and ecology and evolutionary biology: “Lake Michigan has already faced some big challenges with … invasive species, and this picture that we’re talking about now is another big challenge on top of that.”

    WXYZ/Detroit
  4. May 13, 2021
    • Photo of Pat Cooney

    “Our best economic tool right now is public health. Once we get to a point where there’s enough folks vaccinated and some of the fear about being in public abates, I do think that there will be this kind of resurgence in the service economy,” said Patrick Cooney, assistant director of economic mobility at Poverty Solutions.

    Detroit Free Press
  5. May 13, 2021
    • Lindsay Ann Petty

    “We needed people to just really step up and volunteer their time, at a time when they were already tired and burnt out,” said Lindsay Ann Petty, assistant professor of internal medicine and medical director of the monoclonal antibody program. Michigan Medicine was one of the first health systems to develop a monoclonal antibody treatment to help the immune system fight off the coronavirus in the early stages of infection.

    Michigan Radio
  6. May 13, 2021
    • Daniel Cooper

    “We need to reduce the environmental impacts of vehicle production going forward, and one of the ways to do that is to boost the production of lightweight sheet metals from recycled materials,” said Daniel Cooper, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, who heads up the U-M Clean Sheet Project.

    DBusiness Magazine
  7. May 12, 2021
    • Kennith Resnicow

    “The fact that such a relatively apolitical behavior (vaccination) has become so politicized and connected to religion and ideology is really unique in our lifetime and has really challenged our ability to come up with messages and interventions,” said Kenneth Resnicow, professor of health behavior and health education, and of pediatrics. 

    Michigan Radio
  8. May 12, 2021
    • Anna Kirkland

    “It’s a big net to catch everything, not a way of evaluating what problems are actually caused by vaccines. ‘Died after getting a vaccine’ could mean you died in a car accident, you died of another disease you already had or anything else,” said Anna Kirkland, director of the Institute for Women and Gender, on an unverified national health database that naysayers have used to falsely suggest COVID-19 vaccines caused thousands of deaths. 

    The New York Times
  9. May 12, 2021
    • Ebony Parker-Featherstone

    Ebony Parker-Featherstone, assistant professor of family medicine, and of obstetrics and gynecology, says women must prioritize their health: “When you as an individual are coming from a place of health, coming from a place of prioritizing self-care, that actually better positions you to help care for others and be successful in the other roles in which we all often operate.”

    WEMU Radio
  10. May 11, 2021
    • Headshot of Daniil Manaenkov

    Daniil Manaenkov, an economist with the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics, says several reasons explain the current worker shortage, including unemployment benefits: “A lot of people at the lower end of wage distributions are better off claiming unemployment benefit. … Would you rather work for $500 a week full time or stay at home for $400?”

    Detroit Free Press