October 01, 2020

In the News

  1. October 1, 2020

    “I could imagine him teaching … as he has a lot of interesting perspectives to share. He could do that at a university level or teach at a high school, which is where you can really get people while they’re still at a very formative age and figuring out their political identities,” said Christian Fong, assistant professor of political science, on the future plans of U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, the ex-Republican-turned-Libertarian who will not seek re-election.

    USA Today
  2. October 1, 2020

    “It’s not just a number. It’s human beings. It’s people we love. It’s our brothers, our sisters. It’s people we know. And if you don’t have that human factor right in your face, it’s very easy to make it abstract,” said Howard Markel, professor and director of the Center for the History of Medicine, on the worldwide coronavirus death toll, which has now eclipsed 1 million officially but is probably much higher.

    The Washington Post
  3. October 1, 2020
    • Ariangela Kozik

    “Sometimes I feel like you internalize that there’s just not that many of us, we’re not that visible. It’s hard to explain what it means to know I’m not the only one out here in the world,” said Ariangela Kozik, research fellow in internal medicine, on the scarcity of African American microbiologists. She, along with Chelsey Spriggs, research fellow in cell and developmental biology, organized Black in Microbiology Week, the latest in a series of virtual events highlighting Black scientists in a variety of disciplines.

    The New York Times
  4. September 30, 2020
    • Headshot of Leah Litman

    “Although the election is not technically until November 3, election season is already well under way—most significantly in the dozens of election-litigation cases that are determining how people can vote, whether they can vote, and whether their votes will be counted. … While election law and voting rights might seem to have become nakedly partisan, only one side is actually favoring democracy,” wrote Leah Litman, assistant professor of law.

    The Atlantic
  5. September 30, 2020
    • Anne Ehlers

    “This operation is not a magic pill. It’s a tool to be used in combination with a proper diet and physical activity. Prior to surgery, patients should be taught how to eat, and after surgery they need to learn how much they can eat before feeling sick. Most people can tolerate any food in small amounts, but they may never be able to eat a full Thanksgiving dinner again,” said Anne Ehlers, assistant professor of surgery, noting that only one-half of 1 percent of people eligible for bariatric surgery currently undergo it.

    The New York Times
  6. September 30, 2020
    • Lydia Kelow-Bennet

    While some may call summer 2020 a turning point for the country — with a raging pandemic and surging activism — Lydia Kelow-Bennett, assistant professor of Afroamerican and African studies, likens it to a broken leg that continues to heal improperly, and the only way to fully repair the limb is to break it again: “We keep trying to heal these breaks but they’re not set right in the first place, and so the reason then why these issues keep coming up, the reason why we have not addressed racial justice effectively in this country, is because we never set the break.” 

    NBC News
  7. September 29, 2020
    • Photo of Donald Grimes

    “This is going to be the only recession in history where income goes up. This is the most bizarre thing we’ve ever seen,” said economist Don Grimes of the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics, commenting on the 54 percent growth in personal income in Michigan during the second quarter — not from wages but from government stimulus checks, jobless benefits and expanded unemployment that added $600 per week to payouts.

    Bridge Magazine
  8. September 29, 2020
    • Andrew Gronewold

    Andrew Gronewold, associate professor of environment and sustainability, says the past 10 years have been the wettest on record for the Great Lakes watershed: “The rate at which precipitation has changed over the past decade simply cannot be explained by historical variability alone. The best explanation is a warming atmosphere and warming global temperature.” 

    Physics Today
  9. September 29, 2020
    • Photo of Kate Andrias

    “She wrote that the decision whether to bear a child is central not only to a woman’s dignity and autonomy, but also her place in society … that women have the right to participate as equal citizens. And in order to be able to do that, in order to be able to realize their full potential, they must be able to control their reproductive lives,” said Kate Andrias, professor of law, who as a clerk worked with Ruth Bader Ginsburg on a dissent in a case that banned an abortion procedure, with no exceptions for a woman’s health.

    National Public Radio
  10. September 28, 2020
    • Photo of Anna Suk-Fong Lok

    “We know that everyone is eager to have the COVID vaccines and would have liked to have those vaccines yesterday. … We want to expedite the trials and get it done as quickly as possible, but we have to make sure there’s safety data that these vaccines work before they will be approved,” said Anna Lok, professor of internal medicine and assistant dean for clinical research. Njira Lugogo, associate professor of internal medicine, added, “As investigators we’re responsible for making sure our first priority is the safety of our participants.”