December 12, 2019

In the News

  1. December 12, 2019
    • Headshot of Jamie Mitchell
    • Headshot of Jill Becker

    Jamie Mitchell, assistant professor of social work, and Jill Becker, professor of psychology, discussed the lack of diversity in the subjects of medical research studies and how diseases and treatment differ based on race and gender. “We don’t have a lot of confidence to be able to tell patients, yes we’ve actually tested this Alzheimer’s intervention, this depression intervention, with people who look like you, who may have a similar background and upbringing as you, who may have faced some of the same stressors — such as discrimination — as you,” Mitchell said.

    Michigan Radio
  2. December 12, 2019
    • Photo of Anne Curzan

    “People will sometimes use the judgment of punctuation as a way to judge other people or win an argument,” said Anne Curzan, professor of education, linguistics, and English language and literature, and dean of LSA. The suggestion is that “somehow you’re not smart because you misplaced an apostrophe according to standard usage. It’s a total power move. If we’re all honest about it — every single one of us have messed up our ‘its’ and our ‘it’s.’ It’s confusing.”

    BBC News
  3. December 12, 2019
    • Headshot of Roland Graf

    “Currently, there is nothing else like iGYM, as most other accessible gaming technologies either limit it to small screens or are developed for people with cognitive disabilities. Our vision with the system is to make it as simple and affordable as possible,” said Roland Graf, associate professor of art and design, on the game system his research team developed to create a truly inclusive play environment for children — both disabled and able-bodied.

    The Associated Press
  4. December 11, 2019
    • Headshot of Trish Koman

    Trish Koman, research investigator in environmental health sciences, discussed the Michigan Environmental Project, an online mapping tool designed to track the impact of climate change — both the environment and public health — on Michigan cities and residents.

    WEMU Radio
  5. December 11, 2019
    • Headshot of Tuija Pulkkinen
    • Headshot of Anthony Waas

    Tuija Pulkkinen, professor of climate and space sciences and engineering, and Anthony Waas, professor of aerospace engineering, co-wrote that to ensure that our species endures, we have a responsibility to develop our society to become a spacefaring one: “That’s why … we’ve recently launched the University of Michigan Space Institute. Its purpose is to bring together a strong multidisciplinary community and facilitate entirely new types of collaborations that might not have emerged organically solely within science and engineering communities.”

    Inside Higher Ed
  6. December 11, 2019
    • Photo of Lindsay Admon

    Pregnant women who live in a rural area of the United States are at higher risk of life-threatening complications or death during or after childbirth, according to research by Lindsay Admon, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and colleagues: “Policies and programs aiming to improve maternal health and reduce adverse events associated with delivery must address the unique health needs and challenges faced by rural women.”

    U.S. News & World Report
  7. December 10, 2019
    • Headshot of Margaret Hicken

    “Gun violence, segregation, these things have not traditionally been public health issues. But there’s been a growing call for people to understand that everyday life affects your health,” said Margaret Hicken, research assistant professor at the Institute for Social Research and Michigan Medicine, in a story about how police shootings may be causing black infants long-term harm.

  8. December 10, 2019
    • Photo of Robert Sellers

    “We wanted to create an infrastructure that would allow us not to simply prevent or address problems that have already occurred, but to create space and opportunity to be better in everything we do. DEI is a core strategy to that,” said Robert Sellers, vice provost for equity and inclusion, chief diversity officer, and professor of education and psychology, on U-M’s institutional strategy on diversity, equity and inclusion.

    Inside Higher Ed
  9. December 10, 2019
    • Headshot of Miriam Manary

    “Most of the requirements for an airline seat, in terms of its strength and crash response, are less stringent than for vehicle seats. A lot of the characteristics you’d need to have a wheelchair serve as a successful airplane seat are already happening in what we’re doing making them suitable for motor vehicle seats,” said Miriam Manary, lead engineer in biosciences at the U-M Transportation Research Institute.

  10. December 9, 2019
    • Headshot of Brian Weeks

    Research by Brian Weeks, assistant professor of environment and sustainability, and colleagues, suggests a warming climate is reducing the average body mass and leg bone length of songbirds in North America while increasing their wingspan to enable them to continue to make long migrations even with smaller bodies: “In other words, climate change seems to be changing both the size and shape of these species. As humans change the world at an unprecedented rate and scale, there are likely widespread and consistent biotic responses to environmental change.”