In the News

  1. January 26, 2023
    • Zirui Huang

    “Consciousness is complex and studying it is like solving a scrambled Rubik’s cube. If you look at just a single surface, you may be confused by the way it is organized. You need to work on the puzzle looking at all dimensions,” said Zirui Huang, research assistant professor of anesthesiology, whose research provides a new way to assess a patient’s wakefulness, awareness and sensory organization.

    Medical News Today
  2. January 26, 2023

    “Adolescent chimpanzees are in some sense facing the same psychological tempest that human teens are,” said Alexandra Rosati, associate professor of psychology and anthropology. “Our findings show that several key features of human adolescent psychology are also seen in our closest primate relatives.”

    Popular Science
  3. January 26, 2023
    • Joel Slemrod

    “For your tax liability, it doesn’t matter. But if it really, literally, doesn’t matter, you might think it’s sort of random. I think it reflects social norms, that the man takes the primary role in the financial affairs of the couple,” said Joel Slemrod, professor of business economics, whose research found that only 12% of straight couples list the wife first as the primary taxpayer on a joint tax return.

    The Washington Post
  4. January 25, 2023
    • Meilan Han

    “If you were in the market to buy a stove today, and your options are gas or electric, then yeah, electric is probably the safer way to go,” said Meilan Han, professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine, who notes that gas is just one of a range of indoor air pollutants that can compromise human health. “It’s helpful to kind of have a holistic approach to protecting the health in the home.”

    Bridge Michigan
  5. January 25, 2023
    • Scott Rick

    Research suggests that spouses reshape each others’ financial behavior and over time, often grow more alike. Scott Rick, professor of marketing, says spendthrifts married to tightwads manage to find some middle ground: “The spouses who don’t converge have a harder time and those marriages are probably more fragile and could end in divorce.”

    The Wall Street Journal
  6. January 25, 2023
    • Headshot of Sarah Mills

    Despite complaints about appearance, noise and favored tax treatment, wind farms can supercharge the economies of rural America. “For communities that want to go all in on agriculture, wind fits well. For those that want to see a bunch of residential development or have economies based on tourism and the landscape, they may need to look more closely,” said Sarah Mills, senior project manager at the Graham Sustainability Institute.

    Fast Company
  7. January 24, 2023
    • Victor Agbafe

    “The use of Twitter to share scientific and medical advancements has the potential to help our medical system move closer to truly being patient-centered,” co-wrote medical student Victor Agbafe. “As the policies of Twitter are revisited and adapted under its new leadership, it is crucial to remember that despite all the concerns about the platform, it can truly play a remarkably positive role in creating a more dynamic, inclusive, and democratized health care and science ecosystem.”

    The Hill
  8. January 24, 2023
    • Jonathan Levine

    Politicians repeatedly reach for new and expanded highways as a transportation solution, but more road capacity can often result in more driving and congestion, says Jonathan Levine, professor of urban and regional planning. “Political power tends to be concentrated in people who are able to drive and have no particular restrictions. Political power is not concentrated in people who say, ‘Gosh, my life would really be transformed if there were decent transit around here.’”

    The Kansas City Star
  9. January 24, 2023
    • Susan Woolford

    “We can all, as a society, realize we have a role to play in reducing the stigma around childhood obesity, and helping to change many of the factors that lead to excess weight so that we can help this generation of young people grow up with better health,” said Susan Woolford, associate professor of pediatrics, on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ call for early and aggressive treatment of childhood obesity.

    The Washington Post
  10. January 23, 2023
    • Photo of Mark Peterson

    “Grip strength is often called a biomarker of aging. But the biological context for why it’s so predictive of positive and negative outcomes during aging hasn’t really been clear,” said Mark Peterson, associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, whose research suggests that grip strength is closely linked to mortality and may be a better indicator of life expectancy than blood pressure.

    The Washington Post