In the News

  1. November 23, 2021
    • Emily Toth Martin

    “For the flu vaccine, I think we have a complicated puzzle to solve this year,” said Emily Martin, associate professor of epidemiology. “I think our communities at large have been so COVID-focused for so long that this is kind of an opportunity to get this back on the table and say, “Remember the flu? I know it was gone last year but it’s definitely back.”

    WDIV / Click on Detroit
  2. November 23, 2021
    • Richard Primus

    “If, over time, (Supreme Court) decisions are made partly by the nominees of each party, then both parties feel they have a stake in the institution,” said Richard Primus, professor of law. But if decisions are made only by one party’s appointees, “the other party’s sense that the game is fair is going to take a hit — and even more so if that party has won the popular vote in seven of the last eight presidential elections and still has no prospect of appointing a court majority.”

    The Atlantic
  3. November 23, 2021
    • Preeti Malani

    Rates of COVID-19 infection, hospitalization and positive test results have soared over the last two weeks in Michigan to some of the worst levels of the pandemic. “If you overlay the most vaccinated counties with the ones that are having the most cases right now, there’s a relationship,” said Preeti Malani, U-M’s chief health officer and professor of internal medicine. “There’s only a few counties that have (a) majority vaccinated, and they’re faring better overall.”

    The Detroit  News
  4. November 22, 2021
    • Photo of Joel Slemrod

    When governments focus on audits, taxpayers tend to fall in line to avoid tangling with the taxman, says Joel Slemrod, professor of economics and faculty director of the Office of Tax Policy Research: “The preponderance of the evidence suggests the deterrence effect of enforcement on evasion is clear and, in many cases, substantial. … Surprisingly, just getting a letter from a tax agency improves compliance. That’s what I call the ‘you’re-on-our-radar’ effect.” 

    MarketWatch
  5. November 22, 2021
    • Headshot of Lindsey Mortenson

    While 98 percent of the U-M student body is vaccinated against COVID-19, only about a third has had the flu shot. “There’s vaccine fatigue, and they think that the COVID vaccine protects against the flu virus, which it doesn’t. So, I think there’s a lot of work that we can do to keep our campus educated,” said Lindsey Mortenson, medical director of the University Health Service.

    CBS News
  6. November 22, 2021
    • Photo of Jeremy Kress

    “Saule (Omarova) is widely regarded as one of the top financial regulatory scholars in the world. Whether you agree with her, or disagree with her, you can’t have a complete debate about current topics in U.S. banking law and U.S. financial regulation without taking into account what Saule has written on the topic,” said Jeremy Kress, assistant professor of business law, commenting on President Biden’s nominee to head the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which is responsible for regulating the assets held by more than 1,000 banks.

    National Public Radio
  7. November 19, 2021
    • Headshot of Marisa Eisenberg

    “It’s a weird spike. It’s not very spikey; it’s much more gradual. Usually, you have kind of an exponential rise and then an exponential fall. This one’s been kind of linear. It’s been slowly climbing,” said Marisa Eisenberg, associate professor of epidemiology, complex systems and mathematics, on Michigan’s current COVID-19 surge.

    WDET Radio
  8. November 19, 2021
    • Headshot of Ravi Anupindi

    “Consumers, flush with money they did not spend last year, want to splurge. This is the classical bullwhip effect that ceases to stabilize as the supply chain is being subjected to multiple shocks,” said Ravi Anupindi, professor of operations research and management. Demand has been faster than anticipated, he says, as many countries recover.

    Detroit Free Press
  9. November 19, 2021
    • Jonathan Overpeck

    “We must divorce ourselves and our economies from fossil fuels as quickly as possible, and for reasons that go beyond the climate chaos and deadly air pollution that fossil fuels cause. … The countries that move the fastest will be the true leaders of the rapidly expanding clean energy economy of the 21st century,” wrote Jonathan Overpeck, professor and dean of the School for Environment and Sustainability.

    The Hill
  10. November 18, 2021
    • Brian C. Weeks

    Brian C. Weeks, assistant professor of environment and sustainability, says a recent study on birds in the Amazon and his own research on migratory birds reinforce the idea that birds may be changing shape due to a warming climate — changes that should concern us all: “All around the world, people depend on natural systems. Intact natural systems provide more economic benefits to humanity than the entirety of the world’s GDP, so they matter to you whether or not you know it.” 

    National Public Radio