September 17, 2019

In the News

  1. 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.

  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.

  5. 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.”

  6. 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
  7. September 10, 2019

    Research by Stuart Soroka, professor of communication and media, and political science, indicates that, on average, a slight majority of viewers worldwide demonstrate a bias toward more negative news: “But the results also revealed that this negative bias was not shared by everyone, and some even had a positive bias — a sign that there may be a market for positive news.”

    Los Angeles Times
  8. September 10, 2019

    “Though hearing aids can’t be said to prevent these conditions, a delay in the onset of dementia, depression and anxiety, and the risk of serious falls, could be significant both for the patient and for the costs to the Medicare system,” said Elham Mahmoudi, assistant professor of family medicine, about research into seniors who get a hearing aid shortly after being diagnosed with hearing loss.

  9. September 9, 2019

    “They will still be in sediment cores for future civilizations to find them, because except for bacteria it doesn’t look like most things can degrade them in any way. They break down into smaller and smaller pieces but they’re still inherently, chemically plastic,” said Allen Burton, professor of environment and sustainability, and of earth and environmental sciences, discussing microplastics that have been polluting oceans since the 1940s.

  10. September 9, 2019

    “We often think of disasters as immediate emergencies. But really what I see more of is people with chronic medical conditions that need routine care that they’re not able to get,” said Sue Anne Bell, assistant professor of nursing, whose research shows that a majority of adults over 50 are not prepared for natural disasters and emergency situations.

    National Public Radio