September 23, 2021

In the News

  1. September 20, 2021
    • Headshot of Enrique Neblett

    “Some of the issues at hand are structural issues, things that are built into the fabric of society,” said Enrique Neblett, professor of health behavior and health education, on the highly disproportionate toll COVID-19 has taken on communities of color. “It’s not just that simple as, ‘Oh, you just put on your mask, and we’ll all be good.’ It’s more complicated than that.”

    The Washington Post
  2. September 20, 2021
    • Photo of Alexandra Minna Stern

    Vaccine hesitancy may be informed by a history of medical abuse — which also included forced sterilization — in some communities of color, says Alexandra Minna Stern, professor of history, American culture and women’s and gender studies. Fertility and reproduction is “symbolically and physically connected to the future — the future of certain communities and whether or not they’re being supported and can thrive, or whether or not they’re being curtailed and controlled,” she said.

    PBS NewsHour
  3. September 17, 2021
    • Headshot of Keri Denay

    Serious cardiac problems after COVID-19 are rare in young athletes and, in most cases, the fear of heart problems should not be a deterrent to being physically active, says Keri Denay, associate professor of family medicine: “The last thing we want is for people to sit on the couch and do nothing, because that’s going to have a detrimental impact on their overall health.”

    USA Today
  4. September 17, 2021
    • Photo of Trina Shanks

    “The whole point of the child tax credit is, if a family is working at all, it pushes the family above the poverty line so their children aren’t suffering,” said Trina Shanks, professor of social work, commenting on President Biden’s “Build Back Better” proposal, which would continue the expanded child tax credit — potentially cutting child poverty in half.

    The Washington Post
  5. September 17, 2021
    • Headshot of Steven Broglio

    “Gone are the days when concussed athletes are put back in the same day. Now, we can think of it as a dial, where we slowly progress people back into the sport,” said Steve Broglio, professor of kinesiology and director of the Michigan Concussion Center, whose research suggests college athletes who suffer a concussion may take as long as a month to recover.

    U.S. News & World Report
  6. September 16, 2021
    • Photo of John Schulenberg

    Marijuana use is up but drinking is down among college-age adults, say John Schulenberg, professor of psychology and research professor at the Institute for Social Research, and colleagues: “We clearly see that young people use alcohol as something to be taken at parties and gatherings. With the pandemic, those weren’t happening, so the alcohol intake and binge drinking dropped.”

    The Washington Post
  7. September 16, 2021
    • Headshot of Lauren Gerlach

    Lauren Gerlach, assistant professor of psychiatry, and colleagues found that four in five Americans ages 50 to 80 say their mental health is as good as, or better than, 20 years ago. “(The) resilience and wisdom that comes with aging, of having gone through tough times in the past and being able to get through it … I think can help put people in a better position in the face of stressors,” she said.

    The Christian Science Monitor
  8. September 16, 2021
    • Headshot of Sally Howell

    Most Americans don’t know a Muslim or admit to not knowing anything about Muslims, and this “invisibility” is what gives Islamophobia its power, says Sally Howell, associate professor of history and director of the Center for Arab American Studies at the UM-Dearborn: “It’s important that we understand that because we need to know that Muslims are not outsiders, they’re not strangers.”

    ABC News
  9. September 15, 2021
    • Headshot of Charles Shipan

    “The reality is there are a number of businesses that are wanting the government to step in. This gives them the cover to do what they want to do anyway,” said Charles Shipan, professor of political science, on President Biden’s new coronavirus vaccine and testing mandate for businesses with at least 100 employees.

    The Washington Post
  10. September 15, 2021
    • Headshot of Ketra Armstrong

    “NASCAR hasn’t had very much success with the African American community at large because of NASCAR’s association with the Confederate flag,” said Ketra Armstrong, professor of sport management and director of the Center for Race and Ethnicity in Sport. “If you’re a Black consumer, it’s hard to enjoy the sports or the leisure or the activity when you’re surrounded by this ambiance or this effervescence that’s racially discriminating.”

    ABC News