September 15, 2019

In the News

  1. September 13, 2019

    “Median household income today is right where it was in 1999. We’ve seen two decades with no progress for the middle class. The economy is producing more than before, but the gains aren’t being shared equally,” said Justin Wolfers, professor of economics and public policy.

    The Washington Post
  2. September 13, 2019

    “Feeling confident that you’re going to get a job is important, but we want to provide opportunities for students to develop confidence that the job matters and that the work has purpose,” said Paula Wishart, assistant dean of student development and career initiatives at the LSA Opportunity Hub, which offers resources to help place students and make sense of their internships and prepare for life after graduation.

    The Chronicle of Higher Education
  3. September 13, 2019

    Research by Calista Harbaugh, general surgery resident, suggests that kids do well with alternative pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen after common pediatric surgeries: “Our study found that use of non-opioid and non-medication pain strategies results in good pain control after many children’s operations. If opioids are prescribed, parents should expect that their child should need few doses and only in the first days after surgery.”

  4. September 12, 2019

    “One of the major takeaways is how incredibly important Social Security is in the retirement security of low- and moderate-income households,” said Luke Shaefer, director of the Poverty Solutions program and professor of social work and public policy, commenting on a federal report that found poorer Americans are much less likely to survive into their 70s and 80s than rich Americans.

    The Washington Post
  5. September 12, 2019

    “Everyone loves thinking about the sort of a-ha moment. I don’t necessarily believe that it’s one a-ha moment that sort of says now everything’s fine. I think it’s more common that it’s the product of a lot of hard work, a lot of self-reflection, a lot of curiosity as to why we do the things we do,” said Natalie Burns, a clinical social worker at Michigan Medicine, on making a life-changing breakthrough for individuals in mental health therapy.

  6. September 12, 2019

    “There’s this sense this it’s culturally approved. There’s this question of — ‘How bad can it really be?'” said John Schulenberg, professor of psychology and research professor at the Institute for Social Research, whose study shows that vaping marijuana as well as nicotine doubled among college students from 2017 to 2018, and that marijuana use among college students, overall, is at its highest level since 1983.

    Inside Higher Ed
  7. September 11, 2019

    “Every day on rounds, all of America’s liver specialists are seeing multiple young people in various states of liver failure. In clinics, we experience more and more young people being referred. We’re doing more transplants than we’ve ever done for this reason. More and more people are dying,” said Elliot Tapper, assistant professor of gastroenterology and internal medicine.

    Chicago Tribune
  8. September 11, 2019

    When fruit flies are exposed to a high-sugar diet, key metabolites associated with brain health become depleted — a finding that could tell researchers why behaviors that change with the internal energy state change on high-nutrient diets, according to research by Monica Dus, assistant professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology, and Peter Freddolino, assistant professor of biological chemistry, and computational medicine and bioinformatics.

  9. September 11, 2019

    Jerry Davis, professor of management and organizations, said the number of startups that hire people has been falling for four decades: “If you can rent the parts of a business, use temps rather than full-time employees, rent a factory, then you can look a lot more like a virtual startup. Then you don’t really need to create an enterprise with employees.”

  10. September 10, 2019

    “What schools and government shouldn’t do is cut loans without getting money to students in other ways. Every college graduate would be better off without student debt. But they would not be better off without their college degrees, which loans make possible for millions of people,” wrote Susan Dynarski, professor of public policy, education and economics.

    The New York Times