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  1. October 27, 2021
    • Photo of Vincent Hutchings

    Vincent Hutchings, professor of political science and Afroamerican and African studies, says Democrats’ attempts to get Republicans on board with voting rights legislation are counterproductive, and that eliminating or altering the filibuster may be the only way to pass federal legislation targeting voter suppression and gerrymandering.

  2. October 27, 2021
    • Photo of Daniel Fisher

    More than 11,000 years ago, hunter-gatherers in North America would bring down a mammoth the size of an African elephant and put the leftovers into ponds to keep it for later use. “The pond offers a place to stash carcass parts. What is the alternative when there are other predators and scavengers on the landscape who will gladly partake of a meal?” said Daniel Fisher, professor and curator of the U-M Museum of Paleontology.

    Live Science
  3. October 27, 2021
    • Photo of Hitomi Tonomura

    “If he were a singer or artist, it would be fine, but people think he is not ‘lawyer-like’ nor looking appropriate for a person who will wed a royal woman,” said Hitomi Tonomura, professor of history and women’s and gender studies, commenting on the ponytail worn by the fiance of Japan’s royal princess when he arrived in Japan for their wedding this week.

  4. October 26, 2021
    • Headshot of Erik Gordon

    “Some investors would rather drink rat poison than be identified with Mr. Trump. Other investors will remember the following he had on Twitter and see 12-story-high dollar signs,” said Erik Gordon, clinical professor of business, on the reaction of investors in a special purpose acquisition company that financed Donald Trump’s new social media company — a merger partner unbeknown to investors.

    The New York Times
  5. October 26, 2021
    • Photo of Nicole Bedera

    One of the most common ways people fail to intervene in a culture of sexual violence is by excusing or minimizing the behavior of perpetrators, says Nicole Bedera, doctoral student in sociology: “You’re not doing the people in your life a favor if you refuse to intervene on the violence they have committed. … A lot of men who’ve committed acts of sexual violence have never had anyone raise any reservations about their behavior to them before.”

    USA Today
  6. October 26, 2021
    • Sara Adar

    Research by Sara Adar, associate professor of epidemiology, and colleagues found that using cleaner fuels or upgrading older diesel buses reduced children’s exposure to airborne particles by as much as 50 percent. A nationwide switch to cleaner school buses could result in 14 million fewer student absences each year, she says. 

    ABC News / The Associated Press
  7. October 25, 2021
    • Headshot of Melissa Creary

    “You let (gene therapy) out into the wild, and then all of these historical, societal and anthropological things are going to muck it up,” said Melissa Creary, assistant professor of health management and policy, whose research suggests that discussions about gene therapy, at least for sickle cell disease, must address big issues such as colonialism, slavery, racism, and “all the things that come from generations and generations of oppression.” 

    Scientific American
  8. October 25, 2021
    • Deborah Levine

    Emphasizing brain health could be an important motivating factor for older Americans to regularly measure their blood pressure at home, says Deborah Levine, associate professor of internal medicine: “People are afraid of developing dementia or having a stroke. Data are emerging that high blood pressure is a risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia in later life. Some adults don’t know that.” 

    NBC Today
  9. October 25, 2021
    • Headshot of Vikas Parekh

    “With the delta variant, you don’t need many unvaccinated folks to see a surge. Even in vaccinated people, there are definitely breakthroughs. That’s not a majority of vaccinated people or even a huge percentage, but people who got vaccinated early are seeing waning immunity,” said Vikas Parekh, professor of internal medicine and associate chief medical officer for Michigan Medicine.

    The Detroit News
  10. October 22, 2021
    • Dan Slater

    Because Myanmar’s military junta “is almost bereft of domestic and international support,” the release of thousands of political prisoners makes sense, says Dan Slater, professor of political science and director of the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, who believes “conditions on the ground will not change or improve,” unless the military releases the rightfully elected political leadership and returns to its own original power-sharing process.

    The Washington Post