June 18, 2021

In the News

  1. June 2, 2021
    • Carol Flannagan

    “It’s what I like to call bonkers. When you look at it from a 20,000-foot view, it means each individual crash was substantially more deadly,” said Carol Flannagan, research professor at the U-M Transportation Research Institute, commenting on data that shows more people died in traffic crashes last year than the year before despite fewer motorists on Michigan roads.

    The Detroit News
  2. June 2, 2021

    “For so long sports teams have gotten a lot of criticism for just looking at the bottom line, not really caring about the health and wellness and overall well-being of their consumers. … It’s really tricky because the other side of the coin is, ‘Well why did I have to reveal to you my vaccination status?'” said Ketra Armstrong, professor of sport management, on stadiums requiring fans to show proof of vaccination.

  3. May 26, 2021
    • Headshot of Jason Owen-Smith

    “Federal research investments should be judged neither by the titles, nor by the immediate economic returns of individual grants. Instead, we should ask how our national portfolio of research funding enables people … to contribute to a growing, innovative economy that benefits us all,” wrote Jason Owen-Smith, professor of sociology and research professor at the Institute for Social Research. 

    The Hill
  4. May 26, 2021
    • John Heron

    A research team led by John Heron, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, has developed a material that could allow the property that makes fluorescent lights and electrical transformers buzz power a new generation of more efficient computing devices and also lead to better magnetic sensors for medical and security devices.

    DBusiness Magazine
  5. May 26, 2021
    • Photo of Michelle Moniz

    “When a health care worker declines a COVID-19 vaccine, it affects the herd immunity of the health care workforce and potentially the safety of patients and communities that workforce serves,” said Michelle Moniz, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology. “And health care workers are a trusted a voice that influences others, so vaccine hesitancy in this group could undermine efforts to widely vaccinate populations and achieve herd immunity.” 

    Crain's Detroit Business
  6. May 26, 2021
    • Kiela Crabtree

    “When Black Americans are the targets (of violence), other Black Americans respond with anger and search for more information; when other people of color are targeted, African Americans respond with empathy. White and Hispanic Americans have more muted responses, regardless of the target. What does that suggest about political attitudes?” wrote Kiela Crabtree, a doctoral student in political science. 

    The Washington Post
  7. May 21, 2021
    • Volker Sick

    “Instead of just extracting and throwing away, how can we better live in more sustainable ways by reusing everything that we have touched before?” asks Volker Sick, professor of mechanical engineering, pondering the public’s acceptance of products containing CO2 emissions captured by technology — products such as plastics, concrete, carbonated drinks and even fuel for aircraft and automobiles.

    Michigan Radio
  8. May 21, 2021
    • Michelle Fearon

    A new study by Michelle Fearon, research fellow in ecology and evolutionary biology, found that areas with more types of bees have less disease than sites with fewer species: “And that is a really cool finding because it suggests that if we are conserving these bees and encouraging really diverse pollinator communities, we might be also reducing the risk of virus transmission.”

    WKAR Radio
  9. May 21, 2021
    • Kate Astashkina

    “Reducing food waste at the household level creates a chain reaction. It reduces emissions not just at the downstream tier, it also reduces emissions at every level in the supply chain, all the way back up to the farm,” said Kate Astashkina, assistant professor of technology and operations.

    Bon Appétit
  10. May 20, 2021
    • Headshot of Scott Ellsworth

    “Greenwood wasn’t just a place, but a state of mind. They had built this place, they had created it. It wasn’t a gift from anyone, it was their own community. In Greenwood, everybody knew they were just as good as anyone else,” said historian Scott Ellsworth, a lecturer in Afroamerican and African studies, who is part of an effort to find the remains of African American victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre — one of the worst incidents of racial violence in U.S. history.