September 29, 2020

In the News

  1. September 23, 2020
    • Headshot of Karyn Lacy

    Karyn Lacy, associate professor of sociology and Afroamerican and African studies, says President Trump’s rhetoric about saving American suburbs from left-leaning activists and low-income housing projects is “woefully out-of-date” and risks alienating women: “I don’t think this messaging will appeal to women of color, who for too long were excluded from the suburbs. I don’t think it will appeal to most middle-class white women who are less likely to be worried about property values than more financially strained women might be.” 

    Detroit Free Press
  2. September 23, 2020
    • Photo of Richard Primus

    “There are only a few modern justices who would have been significant figures in American law even if they had never served on the Supreme Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is one,” said Richard Primus, professor of law and a former Ginsburg clerk. 

    The Christian Science Monitor
  3. September 22, 2020
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    “We did see similar abuses in the Watergate era and, as a result, a number of policies were put into place to protect the Justice Department, but we’ve seen the (Trump) administration run roughshod over them,” said Barbara McQuade, professor from practice at the Law School, commenting on the William Barr-led Justice Department, which seems to curry favor with Trump allies and punish detractors.

    WDET Radio
  4. September 22, 2020
    • Headshot of Sandro Cinti

    Gov. Whitmer’s health and safety mandates like the stay-home order as suggested by medical experts helped lower COVID-19 rates in Michigan, said Sandro Cinti, professor of internal medicine and infectious diseases: “The mitigation strategy — wearing a mask, social distancing, the very slow opening of businesses — has probably been key to keeping the cases down, and that will keep the mortality rate down (in the fall).” 

    Michigan Advance
  5. September 22, 2020
    • Photo of Alexandra Minna Stern

    “It’s important to know that America was profoundly shaped by the eugenics movement. … The legacies continue to play out and the lessons have not been learned. It’s an integral part of understanding the history of inequality in the United States, and how social ideas can be twisted to promote dehumanization,” said Alexandra Minna Stern, professor of American culture, history and women’s studies.

  6. September 21, 2020
    • John Piette
    • Photo of Preeti Malani

    U-M’s latest National Poll on Health Aging shows that 56 percent of Americans over 50 say they sometimes or often feel isolated from others — more than twice as many as two years ago. “As the pandemic continues, it will be critical to pay attention to how well we as a society support the social and emotional needs of older adults,” said John Piette, professor of public health. Preeti Malani, U-M’s chief health officer, said “the use of technology to bridge the gap and the importance of keeping up healthy routines like exercise, sleep, a balanced diet and getting outside, will no doubt continue to be important in the months ahead.”

    The Economic Times (India)
  7. September 21, 2020
    • Margaret (Peggy) Somers

    “In 2017 … Republicans trumpeted a radically different truth about human nature when they pronounced that cutting taxes on the wealthy would incentivize them to work harder, invest more and spur rapid economic growth,” wrote Margaret (Peggy) Somers, professor emerita of sociology. “But how is it that extra money incentivizes the rich to become paragons of moral virtue and economic rainmakers, whereas for working people it incentivizes them to become social parasites and economic saboteurs?”

    The Guardian (U.K.)
  8. September 21, 2020
    • Photo of Cathy Goldstein

    “Continuous recording of data can be really interesting to see trends,” said Cathy Goldstein, associate professor of neurology at the U-M Sleep Disorders Centers. But it’s important to have a framework for thinking about the health data provided by the new Apple Watch and to share it with a primary care physician to place it into context with one’s overall health.

    The New York Times
  9. September 18, 2020
    • Photo of Len Niehoff

    “One of the primary concerns is that this is part of a pattern of retaliation against social media platforms that the president does not like, either because of how the platform has treated his speech or because of how users have deployed the platform against him,” said Len Niehoff, professor from practice at the Law School, who believes President Trump’s decision to ban TikTok violated free speech rights.

  10. September 18, 2020
    • Benjamin Goldstein

    Research by Benjamin Goldstein, a research fellow at the Erb Institute, and colleagues found that homes of wealthy Americans generate 25 percent more greenhouse gases than those in lower-income neighborhoods: “You can have a really large home and throw solar panels all over and it can be low carbon. But if it is supplied by a standard electrical grid, which is using fossil fuels, then that’s just going to exacerbate the climate.”

    WEMU Radio