In the News

  1. May 29, 2024
    • Roshanak Mehdipanah

    A quarter of renters in Michigan spend more than 50% of their total income on rent, when it should be no more than 30% on rent or a mortgage, says Roshanak Mehdipanah, professor of public health. The focus on housing affordability needs to expand beyond just housing prices, “insuring that folks are able to maintain a lifestyle where they’re not choosing between rent, food or medication,” she said.

    WDET Radio
  2. May 29, 2024
    • Liliana Cortés Ortiz

    The deaths of dozens of howler monkeys in Mexico may be the latest sign of the danger extreme temperatures pose to wildlife worldwide. “Howler monkeys are very resilient to those conditions and can survive for long periods of time,” but things are changing “so fast that it’s going to be very difficult for many species to adapt,” said Liliana Cortés Ortiz, research associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

    The New York Times
  3. May 29, 2024
    • Amiyatosh Purnanandam

    “While we have made a lot of progress in bringing inflation down from its peak in 2022, it’s still higher than what the Fed would like to see before lowering the federal funds rate. The Fed wants to see repeated evidence of lower inflation rates across various measures before feeling confident about cutting rates,” said Amiyatosh Purnanandam, professor of finance.

  4. May 29, 2024
    • Joyce Lee

    Research led by Joyce Lee, professor of pediatrics and nutritional sciences, found that the use of diabetes and obesity drugs has surged among teens and young adults. “There are more providers prescribing this medication … we really need to think about the long-term safety and effectiveness of these medications for this population.” 

    The Associated Press
  5. May 29, 2024
    • Photo of William Elliott III

    As Congress debates whether a national savings program for children can help alleviate income inequality, William Elliott III, professor of social work, says such accounts have shown the ability to help families build wealth: “Even when family savings are minimal, significant assets accumulate in these types of accounts.”

  6. May 22, 2024
    • Thomas McKenney

    “I think the relevant question is how reliable and redundant should systems be onboard ships. … Shipping remains by far the most efficient way to transport goods. So it’s really having the right balance between cost efficiency without compromising safety,” said Thomas McKenney, clinical associate professor of naval architecture and marine engineering, on whether most cargo ships have enough safeguards.

    The Associated Press
  7. May 22, 2024
    • Deborah Gordon-Gurfinkel

    “There’s no censorship and no judgment. And one thing that we do is we invite the chaos of real life — and then we work with it. And the kids thrive,” said Deborah Gordon-Gurfinkel, lecturer at the Residential College and director of Telling It, a program that encourages middle schoolers to share their feelings and experiences in creative ways.

    CBS News Detroit
  8. May 22, 2024
    • Kyle Sheetz

    “The evidence for whether it makes patient outcomes better is extremely mixed. There are in fact zero randomized controlled trials in any operation that show robotic surgery is better than laparoscopy,” said Kyle Sheetz, assistant professor of surgery.

    The San Diego Union-Tribune
  9. May 22, 2024
    • Rebecca Hasson

    “We know that physical activity is essential for child learning. And so, we really want to make sure that every child has an equitable opportunity to move to prime the brain for learning, regulate their emotions, and just get the wiggles out,” said Rebecca Hasson, associate professor of kinesiology, whose Childhood Disparities Research Lab is working with schools in Washtenaw County to get children moving.

    WEMU Radio
  10. May 22, 2024
    • Adam Simon

    Manufacturing fleets of hybrid gas-electric cars instead of pure electric vehicles is the answer to reducing greenhouse gas emissions amid a global copper crunch, says Adam Simon, professor of earth and environmental sciences: “Transitioning to an entire fleet of … hybrids would potentially have as big a positive impact on the environment and require a lot less copper and other metals.”

    The Detroit News