In the News

  1. March 21, 2023
    • Elizabeth Langen

    The ongoing rise in U.S. maternal deaths is “disappointing,” says Elizabeth Langen, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology: “In the health care system, we need to accept ultimate responsibility for the women who die in our care. But as a nation, we also need to accept some responsibility.”

  2. March 21, 2023
    • Juan Cole

    “No one in the Biden administration today cares that (the Iraq War) ruined what credibility America had as a pillar of international order in the global south and gave Putin cover for his own atrocity. Who remembers anymore that, in 2003, we were Vladimir Putin?” wrote Juan Cole, professor of history.

    The Washington Post
  3. March 20, 2023
    • Sasha Bishop

    Some plants are not just flowering earlier, but also producing bigger flowers to attract pollinators, according to research by Sasha Bishop, doctoral student in ecology and evolutionary biology, and colleagues. “We show that — in addition to well-documented shifts to earlier flowering — floral architecture and rewards can also play significant roles in the evolutionary response to contemporary environmental change.”
  4. March 20, 2023
    • Photo of Nicole Ellison

    “This isn’t the same as correcting a typo, as the context can change entirely. That is why it is important to have a record of the change, and perhaps even have it explained,” said Nicole Ellison, professor of information, on YouTube agreeing to allow a 2018 music video to be edited to remove “offensive” imagery.

  5. March 20, 2023
    • Ravi Anupindi

    “The bargaining power is shifting. The over-inventory situation that started last year is really hurting the retailers, so they’re basically beginning to cancel orders,” said Ravi Anupindi, professor of technology and operations, as retailers look to use their scale and buying power to gain greater control of their supply chains now that shortages have eased and supplier-buyer dynamics return to pre-pandemic norms.

    The Wall Street Journal
  6. March 17, 2023
    • Yuri Zhukov

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky employs the terms “peace” and “victory” differently depending on who he’s addressing, says Yuri Zhukov, associate professor of political science: “In domestic political discourse, ‘victory’ is clearly defined as the liberation of all occupied Ukrainian territory,” but “European leaders have not clearly defined for themselves what a Ukrainian ‘victory’ might look like.”

  7. March 17, 2023
    • Richard Curtin

    “Indirect costs are far more, and include stock losses in retirement portfolios, rising interest rates at banks, etc., as well as increased insurance fees. The recent chatter is merely about the FDIC insurance, the smallest part of the total costs that will be paid by all banks,” said Richard Curtin, research professor at the Institute for Social Research, about the impact on consumers of the Silicon Valley Bank collapse.

  8. March 17, 2023
    • Melissa Creary

    “In the sickle cell world, we’re very happy to see that these therapies are coming soon. But even when it comes to market, it’s not going to be everywhere right away,” said Melissa Creary, assistant professor of health management and policy, who worries that many patients may be unable to access or afford new sickle cell gene therapies.

  9. March 16, 2023
    • Photo of Justin Wolfers

    “The best forecast for the future state of the economy is the current state and the current state is good. There’s a recessionary vibe, but there’s no recessionary reality,” said Justin Wolfers, professor of economics and public policy, who believes fears of a painful economic downturn are overblown.

  10. March 16, 2023
    • Preeti Malani

    Preeti Malani, professor of internal medicine, says loneliness is associated with poor health outcomes like diabetes and heart disease, and even mortality — and doctors should screen patients for it at regular appointments: “Just like we ask about diet, about exercise, about how you’re sleeping, we should ask about loneliness and social interactions.”

    Michigan Radio