August 24, 2019

In the News

  1. August 20, 2019

    “As Scotty would say, ‘You can’t change the laws of physics.’ An orbit is an orbit, an orbit transfer is an orbit transfer and we have to fight gravity the same way today that we did 50 years ago,” said Ella Atkins, professor of aerospace engineering, and electrical engineering and computer science, who believes the development of ion propulsion could offer a major alternative for exploring the solar system.

    Daily Express (U.K.)
  2. August 20, 2019

    “I don’t think anything like Tiananmen from 1989 is in the cards. The world has changed since then and Hong Kong is not a student movement in Beijing 30 years ago. But we could see a lot happen that would do tremendous damage to Hong Kong, to China, to U.S.-China relations and to the region,” said Kenneth Lieberthal, professor emeritus of political science, on the anti-extradition protests in Hong Kong.

    PBS NewsHour
  3. August 20, 2019

    “The 9/11 Commission report provided a road map that helped refocus the government’s efforts against al Qaeda; nearly 20 years later, now is the time for similar action against a very different threat inside the United States,” co-wrote Javed Ali, the Towsley Policymaker in Residence at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

    CNN
  4. August 20, 2019

    Seven months after specific guidelines for certain operations were issued in October 2017, surgeons reduced the number of pain pills they prescribed patients by nearly one-third, with no reported drop in patient satisfaction or increase in reported pain, according to research by Joceline Vu, general surgery resident, and Chad Brummett, associate professor of anesthesiology and co-director of the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network.

    Los Angeles Times
  5. August 20, 2019

    “As research shows — and I think that many of us as parents or just perhaps as people know — it is hard to build a healthy family with a parent removed or with the threat of a parent possibly removed every day,” said William Lopez, clinical assistant professor of health behavior and health education, on the looming sense of uncertainty and stress that comes with changing immigration laws.

    Michigan Radio
  6. August 13, 2019

    Comments by Marlon James Sales, a research fellow in comparative literature, were featured throughout a story about the overlooked Spanish influence on the Philippines, a country ruled by Spain for more than 300 years through the late 19th century.

    Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  7. August 13, 2019

    “We cannot criminalize free speech, but we can make it socially and politically unacceptable to fan the flames of division for political gain. As a society, we have used social pressure to discourage drunk driving, bullying, and uttering racial slurs. Is it too much to ask the leader of the free world to stop exploiting differences of race and national origin, to protect our national security and public safety?” wrote Barbara McQuade, professor from practice at the Law School.

    The Atlantic
  8. August 13, 2019

    Donald Grimes, an economist with the U-M Economic Growth Institute, argues that the minimum wage should vary by state, hitting a sweet spot of about 60 percent of the state’s median wage. That standard, he says, “will ensure that our lowest-wage workers will have the same standard of living no matter where they live and will minimize any potential loss of jobs due to a higher rate.”

    U.S. News & World Report
  9. August 13, 2019

    According to research by Peter Alsip, ecological modeling data analyst at the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research, and colleagues, Asian carp are likely to find enough food to spread farther if they establish breeding populations in Lake Michigan, reinforcing the importance of preventing the invasive fish from gaining a foothold.

    The Associated Press / The Washington Post
  10. August 13, 2019

    “When you’re dealing with senior citizens with some degree of memory or other cognitive impairment, PARO is ideal — it’s an embraceable, novel animaloid that they can interact with,” said Jennifer Robertson, professor of anthropology and history of art, commenting on a Japanese robotic pet designed for therapeutic uses with the elderly.

    IEEE Pulse