In the News

  1. May 31, 2023
    • Kelly Sexton

    “Other states are looking ahead and recognizing the return that investments like this bring. By acting now, we might ensure that the next ‘unicorn’ is founded, grows and stays in Michigan,” said Kelly Sexton, associate vice president for research and innovation partnerships, about a proposal to the state to provide a one-time investment of $126 million for four early-stage, pre-seed evergreen funds.

    Detroit Business
  2. May 31, 2023
    • Jim Sayer

    “The impact will be felt broadly and across economic sectors, including infrastructure owner-operators, vehicle manufacturers, technology providers and chipset designers, to name a few,” said Jim Sayer, director of the U-M Transportation Research Institute, about a $9.85 million grant from the Department of Transportation to help connect vehicles and pedestrians with safety information using “cellular vehicle-to-everything technology.”

    The Detroit News
  3. May 31, 2023
    • Stacy Rosenbaum

    “When we’re thinking about how to help kids recover from early adversity, it’s very important to keep in mind that it’s not enough to just provide them with social support or to just provide them with economic support,” said Stacy Rosenbaum, assistant professor of anthropology. “If we ignore one or the other, I think the chances of success when doing interventions is not very high.”

    Scientific American
  4. May 31, 2023
    • Headshot of Peter Reich

    Research by Peter Reich, director of the Institute for Global Change Biology, shows that moss plays a crucial role in fighting climate change: “Like forests, mosses stabilize the microclimates and physical environments beneath them … they provide minerals and carbon to the soil and thus offer a better home for the soil microbiome than areas of bare ground.”

  5. May 31, 2023
    • Denise Anthony

    “Improving the functionality and accessibility of portal systems, as well as providing more outreach and training to help patients understand and use portal systems, will be crucial to improving equity,” said Denise Anthony, professor of health management and policy, sociology and information, who found that 78% of people age 50-80 use at least one patient portal to access health care information. 

  6. May 24, 2023
    • Jennifer Robertson

    A Twitter video of foreign ambassadors urging Japan to embrace LGBTQ rights has drawn the ire of the Japanese, who have spoken out on issues in other countries. “In terms of ambassadorial outspokenness, I think the most conservative members of the L.D.P. and Japanese media are being really hypocritical,” said Jennifer Robertson, professor emerita of anthropology.

    The New York Times
  7. May 24, 2023
    • Kevin Boehnke

    “It makes sense that most employers don’t want people using cannabis while they’re working. The problem is that job-site drug screening captures usage only in the recent past. It does not assess current impairment or predict whether an employee may be a future safety risk,” wrote Kevin Boehnke, research assistant professor of anesthesiology.

    The New York Times
  8. May 24, 2023
    • Joe Grengs

    “Car-dependent metropolitan areas divide and isolate people from one another. Strong public transit systems do the opposite: They bring people and places together, fostering fortuitous interactions and vibrant experiences,” said Joe Grengs, professor of urban and regional planning.

    The Nation
  9. May 19, 2023
    • Ben Winger

    Buildings made up of patterned glass are more visible to birds by breaking up reflections, says Ben Winger, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and assistant curator at the Museum of Zoology. “The window doesn’t look just like the cloudy sky or vegetation around it. It gives them a moment of pause and they will slow down or change direction.”

    Crain's Detroit Business
  10. May 19, 2023
    • Dan Slater

    “They need only look next door to Burma to see how bad things can get when a military ignores democratic elections and tries to rule without any meaningful support in cities and among the young,” said Dan Slater, professor of political science and director of the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, about the massive loss of support for Thailand’s military-backed establishment.

    The Washington Post