April 02, 2020

In the News

  1. March 30, 2020
    • Photo of Richard Rood

    “What we’re seeing is some systematic increases in temperature over the long run, putting you closer to freeze-thaw cycle of water. And you’re seeing winters getting warmer, shorter — so you just don’t have the amount of time you used to for thermodynamics to do their thing,” said Richard Rood, professor of climate and space sciences and engineering, commenting on this winter’s relative lack of ice coverage on the Great Lakes.

    National Geographic
  2. March 30, 2020
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    “There will be plenty of food for everyone who needs it. There really is. There’s no need to panic or hoard,” said Shelie Miller, associate professor of environment and sustainability, and civil and environmental engineering, and director of the Program in Environment. She said, however, “Some of the increased volume is due to people actually needing more food at home to accommodate for changes in lifestyle.”

    The Detroit News
  3. March 27, 2020
    • Headshot of Chris Poulsen

    “For science labs, [the coronavirus] can be disastrous to research, because you’re essentially being shut down. And people that do fieldwork or people in the humanities and social sciences who require travel to archives, internationally or even across state boundaries, are all going to have limitations on their work,” said Chris Poulsen, LSA associate dean for natural sciences and professor of earth and environmental sciences, and climate and space sciences and engineering.

    Inside Higher Education
  4. March 27, 2020
    • Photo of Donald Grimes

    “This is not going to be like the Great Depression. The loss of income then was probably five to 10 times worse than what we are going to experience. It will not even be as bad as (Michigan’s) lost decade (in the 2000s), when we lost almost a million jobs. But the decline will be much sharper, the job losses will occur in a matter of months,” said Donald Grimes, a regional economic specialist at the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics.

    Bridge Magazine
  5. March 27, 2020
    • Headshot of Scott Greer

    “The United States is nearly unique among rich democracies in lacking a national policy for paid sick leave. Without it, sick people continue to go to work, making it easier for illnesses to spread — whether that’s the common cold, a norovirus or covid-19,” co-wrote Scott Greer, professor of health management and policy, and global public health.

    The Washington Post
  6. March 26, 2020
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    “It is promising in some ways. But we know very little. … I can’t stress enough, we don’t even know that these agents work yet at this point in time. We’re doing the best that we can with the information that we have,” said Jason Pogue, clinical professor of pharmacy, on anecdotal reports from China and France indicating chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine might be effective against coronavirus.

    Michigan Radio
  7. March 26, 2020
    • Headshot of Rachael Kohl

    The coming tsunami of unemployment claims driven by the coronavirus pandemic will make it harder for workers who claim they’re misclassified as contractors to get the legal help they need to prove they’re eligible for unemployment benefits — especially “pro se” claimants representing themselves without counsel. “Misclassification is already a legally difficult issue for anyone to understand. It’s not an issue people are equipped to handle pro se,” said Rachael Kohl, clinical assistant professor of law.

    Bloomberg Law
  8. March 26, 2020
    • Headshot of Daniel Jacobson

    When high-risk and disabled populations rely on overwhelmed delivery services and the people dropping off packages are put at a greater risk of contracting the coronavirus, is it the right time to buy non-essentials online? Daniel Jacobson, professor of philosophy, says not everything is a moral issue: “Everything is a tradeoff, and people need to focus on the important things rather than ephemera.”

    CNBC
  9. March 25, 2020
    • Photo of Tom Ivacko
    • Headshot of Stephanie Leiser

    “Local governments are on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis. Their actions will ultimately shape how well we can survive COVID-19 and its economic aftermath. … When we get through this public health crisis, if we do nothing to fix our broken system of funding local government, we will likely face multiple local fiscal health crises, and all the problems that will follow,” wrote Tom Ivacko, interim director of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, and Stephanie Leiser, a lecturer at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

    The Hill
  10. March 25, 2020
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    Andrew Wu, assistant professor of finance, and technology and operations, says the coronavirus impact on the supply chain is likely to be far greater than other events, like the Fukushima Daiichi power plant disaster and the Thailand tsunami, because it isn’t as geographically isolated: “We’re dealing with a moving target. This is one aspect that will compound the effect of this.”

    Crain's Detroit Business