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  1. November 17, 2022

    Fossil fuel infrastructure now being built … risks becoming a stranded asset if governments want to make good on their pledges to curb climate change, says Jonathan Overpeck, dean of the School for Environment and Sustainability: “This is why we must leapfrog the gas-based solutions to renewable energy-based solutions, plus battery storage, plus hydrogen.”

    The Associated Press
  2. November 17, 2022
    • Julia Lee Cunningham

    “The people who do enjoy their time commuting tend to really think of it as a gift to them in some ways. They tend to think of it as a protected time where they don’t really necessarily need to be the mother, the caregiver, the type of specific identities associated with being at home, or they’re also not really at work yet,” said Julia Lee Cunningham, associate professor of management and organizations.

    The Wall Street Journal
  3. November 16, 2022
    • Photo of Mark Peterson
    • Jessica Faul

    “We’ve known that muscular strength is a predictor of longevity, and that weakness is a powerful indicator of disease and mortality, but, for the first time, we have found strong evidence of a biological link between muscle weakness and actual acceleration in biological age,” said Mark Peterson, associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, commenting on his research with Jessica Faul, research associate professor at the Institute for Social Research.

    Asian News International
  4. November 16, 2022
    • Kimberly Monroe

    With the holidays approaching as RSV and other respiratory viruses pack emergency rooms, think “vaccine first, turkey second,” said Kimberly Monroe, clinical associate professor of pediatrics, who suggests that children who aren’t in immediate life-threatening danger may get care faster through a regular doctor’s office or urgent care than in a backed-up ER.

    Bridge Detroit
  5. November 16, 2022
    • Photo of Yuen Yuen Ang

    “Washington’s stereotype about the Communist Party as a monolith used to be flawed, because there was in fact diversity, dissent and pushback within the party,” said Yuen Yuen Ang, associate professor of political science. “But Xi’s complete consolidation of power … now validates this stereotype. It has confirmed Biden’s perception that U.S.-China competition is a moral, existential battle between democracy and autocracy.”

    The New York Times
  6. November 15, 2022

    The strong showing by Michigan Democrats in last week’s election is a win for the “clean energy economy” and for automakers and electric vehicle battery makers, says Tom Lyon, professor of business economics and public policy, and of environment and sustainability: “Gov. Whitmer has been very supportive of the clean energy transition, and she’s helped work to bring new companies and new manufacturing facilities to the state.”

    Crain's Detroit Business
  7. November 15, 2022
    • Photo of Justin Wolfers

    “My guess is that — if other shocks don’t intervene — we’ll end up concluding in a couple of years that inflation was in fact transitory, but that the word transitory means ‘twice as long as you thought the word transitory meant,’” said Justin Wolfers, professor of economics and public policy, who believes we could see inflation realistically moderating in line with the Fed’s forecast of 3% next year.

  8. November 15, 2022
    • Barry Rabe

    “It’s not just about the U.S. and other developed nations reducing emissions. It’s also about what the U.S. does for developing countries to help them along. It becomes a huge challenge for Biden to explain how (the Inflation Reduction Act) will benefit other countries,” said Barry Rabe, professor of public policy and environment.

  9. November 14, 2022
    • Walter Mebane

    “They’re not getting 70% of the vote so it’s not like a landslide so to speak, but it’s a really solid victory (for Democrats),” said Walter Mebane, professor of political science and statistics, who believes Michigan Republicans lost traction largely in response to Proposal 3, a constitutional right for reproductive freedom.

  10. November 14, 2022
    • Lee Roosevelt

    “There’s a lot about Prop 3 that still needs to be litigated. … I don’t think it’s a straightforward done deal right now. There’s still a lot of things that need to be decided and those will be decided in courtrooms,” said Lee Roosevelt, assistant professor of nursing, who expects anti-abortion groups to fight provisions of the new law.