In the News

  1. October 20, 2021
    • Todd Allen

    “In southwestern Michigan, we are preparing to close the carbon-free Palisades nuclear plant and replace it with fossil fuels, increasing carbon emissions while costing hundreds of long-term, family-wage jobs. This decision seems like sinking the lifeboats in the face of a massive iceberg,” wrote Todd Allen, professor of nuclear engineering and radiological sciences.

  2. October 20, 2021
    • Photo of Natasha Pilkauskas

    About 13 percent of eligible low-income households did not receive the first two federal child tax credit payments, and were not sure why or were uncertain on how to claim them, says Natasha Pilkauskas, associate professor of public policy and faculty associate at the Institute for Social Research: “It is important that we take additional steps to ensure the CTC is reaching and supporting all eligible children and families who can benefit from this important investment.”

  3. October 20, 2021
    • Headshot of Melissa Cousino

    “We know that how children cope with adversity is strongly associated with how the adult parents and caregivers in their life cope with adversity,” said Melissa Cousino, associate professor of pediatrics, on how best to prepare children for the risk of coronavirus at school. Parents should “validate and normalize their child’s response,” and talk about their own strategies for carrying on, she said.

    The New York Times
  4. October 19, 2021
    • Headshot of Daniil Manaenkov

    “The economy is growing but I think there’s going to be some modest slow down … and on the inflation, I’m afraid I don’t have good news. I think inflation is going to stay elevated at least for the next several months or maybe even quarters,” said Daniil Manaenkov, an economist with the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics.

  5. October 19, 2021
    • Headshot of David Mendez

    Although they represent just 12 percent of the U.S. population, African Americans have accounted for roughly 40 percent of all menthol-smoking-related premature deaths in the United States since 1980 — a total of 157,000 smoking-related premature deaths and 1.5 million years of life lost, according to research by David Mendez, associate professor of health management and policy, and technology and operations. 

  6. October 19, 2021
    • Headshot of Anne Schott

    About one in 100 people diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. is a man — meaning the risk is small, but far from zero, says Anne Schott, professor of internal medicine and associate director for clinical research at the Rogel Cancer Center. “I would say that there is, in general, less awareness of breast cancer in men and certainly we don’t do mammographic screening. … Male breast cancer is more common in families, particularly with the BRCA2 mutation.”

    USA Today
  7. October 18, 2021
    • Jeremy Bricker

    “To what extent is that concrete there because of the stuff that needs to be protected and to what extent is it part of the Japanese culture?” said Jeremy Bricker, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, on Japan’s use of barriers such as concrete dams, sea walls and tetrapods to protect against natural disasters.

    The New York Times
  8. October 18, 2021
    • Photo of Kenneth Warner

    Ken Warner, dean emeritus of the School of Public Health, said the FDA’s authorization of an e-cigarette from R.J. Reynolds is a positive step for reducing the harms of smoking, but lamented that only a vaping device backed by a Big Tobacco company won the endorsement: “The demands the FDA places on companies filing these applications are so extraordinarily difficult to meet that only those with huge resources and personnel … are able to file successfully.” 

    The Associated Press
  9. October 18, 2021
    • Headshot of Erin Cech

    “There seems to be this sentiment that, ‘security be damned, we’re trying to find meaning,’” said Erin Cech, associate professor of sociology, on how the pandemic has encouraged many to take stock of their lives, quit their jobs and find happiness and fulfillment in new careers. Her research shows the pursuit of stability, income and status has been overtaken by what she calls “the passion principle,” which is now a central factor in career decision-making. 

    Financial Times
  10. October 15, 2021
    • Headshot of Rogério Pinto

    Art has the ability to help people understand and work through difficult feelings and ideas, says Rogério Pinto, associate professor of social work: “ The pursuit of art-based projects and the experience of visual and performing arts can be really good for one’s well-being. As you begin to be able to heal yourself … some space begins to open within yourself so that now you can accommodate someone else or you can begin to accommodate the plight of another person.”

    Pride Source