September 20, 2019

In the News

  1. September 20, 2019

    “The ride-hailing business has very poor economics. Electric mobility, especially with entry-level products like e-rickshaws or e-auto rickshaws, solves a major customer pain point and has the potential to turn profitable much faster. A spinoff increases focus on the mission and plays well to most stakeholders — government, investors, employees,” said Puneet Manchanda, professor of marketing, on the recent trend of Indian electric mobility startups spinning out internal units and making them $1 billion ventures.

    Quartz India
  2. September 20, 2019

    “It creates an aggrieved party. It’s young people, it’s their future. I do think that’s significant in terms of getting a group to cluster around a common cause, to say, ‘I am being harmed,'” said Andy Hoffman, professor of environment and sustainability, and management and organizations, on the growing activism of young adults to combat climate change.

  3. September 20, 2019

    “In certain areas, there are so many quality-of-life issues that the environment isn’t one that’s being paid attention to,” said DeAndre Calvert, community engagement manager at the Ford School’s Program in Practical Policy Engagement, who will take students to Detroit to research tax credits that encourage people to plant native flowers and not spray pesticides on their lawns, and help a nonprofit group apply for grants to transform empty lots into homes for bees to harvest raw honey.

    The Washington Post
  4. September 19, 2019

    “I was interested in how I can keep the iconic form but to do something that was still a really strong maneuver and something that could react to what I was most interested in — this wide-open landscape and the sky,” said Catie Newell, associate professor of architecture, who turned a nearly 100-year-old barn in the middle of a wheat field in Michigan’s Thumb into an illuminated art installation.

    Detroit Free Press
  5. September 19, 2019

    “In a healthy labor relations context, there’s that understanding that when times are tough, everybody sacrifices. But when times improve, everybody shares, right? For this particular strike, I think what happened is the union feels somewhat betrayed because they helped GM during the bankruptcy period by taking concessions. And then GM turned around and closed plants,” said Roland Zullo, associate research scientist at the U-M Economic Growth Institute and director of the Center for Labor and Community Studies at UM-Dearborn.

  6. September 19, 2019

    “They accumulate all of these stresses: climate change, pollution, invasive species, habitat destruction. … Fish can act as a canary in the coal mine, and be indicators of environmental problems as they emerge,” said Karen Alofs, assistant professor of environment and sustainability, who studies how warming waters in the northern Great Lakes region may affect where fish live.

    Detroit Free Press
  7. September 18, 2019

    Emily Mower Provost, associate professor of computer science and engineering, and Melvin McInnis, professor of psychiatry, were quoted about their research analyzing speech in phone calls made by participants with bipolar disorder, which casts doubt on the Trump administration’s plan to stop gun violence by monitoring individuals’ smart devices.

    (This item is being republished to include information inadvertently omitted from Tuesday’s Record email.)

  8. September 18, 2019

    With the modest pay UAW members are receiving while on strike, the work stoppage at General Motors is unlikely to last longer than a few weeks, says Daniil Manaenkov, U.S. forecasting specialist at the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics: “Once the foothold becomes too large and no makeup is possible within a month or two, that’s lost production and lost income, which results in national implications.”

    The Detroit News
  9. September 18, 2019

    Research by Rachel Knight, assistant professor of pediatrics, and colleagues suggests that using “time outs” to discipline children does not harm them or the child-parent relationship: “There’s a wealth of research on how effective ‘time outs’ can be in reducing problematic behavior, when they are used appropriately. It’s a parenting strategy that’s often misunderstood and misused.”

    BBC News
  10. September 18, 2019

    “This is one of the most important unmet needs of medicine. Right now, the only approved approach to this allergy is to avoid peanuts, and the amount of effort and cost involved in making sure everything your child is exposed to is peanut-free is overwhelming to most families,” said James Baker, professor emeritus of internal medicine and biomedical engineering, and director of the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center, on FDA approval of a drug to treat life-threatening peanut allergies in children.

    The New York Times