November 20, 2019

In the News

  1. November 15, 2019
    • Photo of Sushil Atreya

    “We’re beginning to see this tantalizing correlation between methane and oxygen for a good part of the Mars year. I think there’s something to it,” said Sushil Atreya, professor of climate and space sciences and engineering, whose research shows increased levels of methane and oxygen on Mars depending on the season.

  2. November 15, 2019
    • Headshot of Mara Cecilia Ostfeld

    “When we look back, I think the morals and ethics will be pretty clear. There is an opportunity to say this is where we stand and what we represent. … That said, being on the right side of history is not always a winning strategy in the short term,” said Mara Cecilia Ostfeld, assistant professor of political science, whose research suggests the current racial realignment along party lines is akin to white voter flight from the Democratic Party after it championed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

  3. November 14, 2019
    • Headshot of David Michener
    • Headshot of Roland Kersten

    David Michener, curator of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, and Roland Kersten, assistant professor of medicinal chemistry, were interviewed about the medicinal garden at Matthaei-Nichols. Michener says the garden is arranged by human health issue rather than by horticultural needs of the plants, and Kersten plans to conduct research on plants there as a source of new chemicals to treat diseases. “I think there is a lot of potential to find new drugs from plants, Kersten said.

    WEMU Radio
  4. November 14, 2019
    • Headshot of Rick Neitzel

    Rick Neitzel, associate professor of environmental health sciences, says there’s evidence that 90 percent of people who live in urban environments are exposed to sound levels higher than an average of 70 decibels a day: “That suggests that a lot of people are going to have hearing loss. We often attribute that to age, but I’m going to argue that it’s just from unrecognized noise.”

    CBC (Canada)
  5. November 14, 2019
    • Headshot of Douglas Arenberg

    Research by Douglas Arenberg, professor of internal medicine, and colleagues shows that only about 60 percent of lung cancer patients get recommended treatments like chemotherapy and radiation that are linked to better survival odds, and rates are even lower for black and elderly patients: “While these findings are very concerning … there may be good reasons why less intensive treatment is in fact medically appropriate.”

  6. November 13, 2019
    • Headshot of Pauline Jones

    “The collapse of the Berlin Wall meant enormous new opportunities to build broader markets and new democracies — but it also allowed for the establishment of illiberal regimes and Russia’s resurgent influence. As we are learning across the world, democracy is not an irrevocable achievement,” co-wrote Pauline Jones, professor of political science and director of the International Institute.

    The Washington Post
  7. November 13, 2019
    • Headshot of Eve Primus

    “The stars have to align — both the medical condition and the sentence the person is facing — for a person to even make this argument,” said Eve Brensike Primus, professor of law, commenting on a recent court case in Iowa in which a prisoner who briefly died before being revived argued that he had served his life sentence and should be freed.

    The New York Times
  8. November 13, 2019
    • Headshot of Robert Lionel

    In research designed to give automakers and technology companies insight into how humans can better adapt to self-driving cars, Lionel Robert, associate professor of information, and colleagues found that there are three human personality traits that we want to see in our driverless cars: agreeableness, consciousness and emotional stability.

  9. November 12, 2019
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    James Hilton, vice provost for academic innovation, says universities looking to innovate should not just put existing degree programs online, but think deeper about how they could change instruction to serve different groups of students: “There’s an opportunity to fundamentally reimagine how we deliver education for this century, for this technology, this economy, this political environment.”

    Inside Higher Ed
  10. November 12, 2019
    • Headshot of Marjorie Treadwell
    • Headshot of Courtney Townsel

    Comments by Marjorie Treadwell, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and Courtney Townsel, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, were featured in an article about the 13-year-high preterm birth rate in Detroit, according to statistics from the state of Michigan. “I think the entire medical community continues to be frustrated with the health disparities that we continue to see. I think it’s highlighted by cities like Detroit, which have high rates of African American patient populations,” Townsel said.

    Detroit Free Press