September 17, 2019

In the News

  1. September 9, 2019

    “What we saw in the Bahamas is unprecedented. As far as we know, we’ve never had such a powerful hurricane just stall over an island…the term ‘catastrophic’ falls short,” said Ángel Adames-Corraliza, assistant professor of climate and space sciences and engineering.

    PBS Nova
  2. September 6, 2019

    “These sinkholes are exceptional in terms of the type of life they hold. We consider them to be an extreme environment. Usually, we would have to go to Yellowstone Park or the deep sea to see something similar,” said Greg Dick, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, and of ecology and evolutionary biology, referring to sinkholes in the Great Lakes that nourish rarely seen microbial life.

    The Detroit News
  3. September 6, 2019

    “Contrary to current policy in many schools, the young people we polled do not support restrictions on bathroom use by transgender people. This suggests that young people’s views on bathroom use by transgender individuals differ from the narratives often represented in public debates,” said Halley Crissman, clinical lecturer in obstetrics and gynecology.

  4. September 6, 2019

    “Our findings suggest that spanking seems to be harmful on a global scale. There are some skeptics out there, but the majority of researchers think that the bans do matter,” said Garrett Pace, a doctoral student in social work and sociology, whose research found that children who are spanked show lower levels of emotional and social development and well-being than those who are not.

    National Public Radio
  5. September 5, 2019

    While it may be easy to think that using a video game avatar with a different skin color gives a white person elevated understanding of others, it “does not actually improve the suffering of other people who he’s aligning himself with, because he still is benefiting from his whiteness in other parts of his life,” said Lisa Nakamura, professor of American culture and director of the Digital Studies Institute.

    National Public Radio
  6. September 5, 2019

    Kristin Fontichiaro, clinical assistant professor of information, was quoted in a story about the role librarians can play in improving data literacy in society.

  7. September 5, 2019

    “Historically, it has been hard for the public to appreciate why universities place so much emphasis on research. A grand challenge is a vivid and inspirational way to drive home the good that research can do … (but) university research will indeed continue to make progress on some of society’s problems, with or without a grand-challenge initiative,” co-wrote Janet Weiss, professor of organizational behavior and public policy.

    Inside Higher Ed
  8. September 4, 2019

    “The danger with pneumonia is more related to the host, or the person experiencing the pneumonia, and their other medical conditions. People who are more likely to have severe pneumonias are those of older age, those who have emphysema or other lung diseases and patients who perhaps have decreased immune systems, for various reasons,” said Laraine Washer, associate professor of internal medicine.

    U.S. News & World Health Report
  9. September 4, 2019

    Jallicia Jolly, a doctoral candidate in American culture, discussed the need for HIV research and interventions to encompass more culturally informed, gender-specific approaches that address the unique needs and lives of HIV-positive black women.

    Michigan Radio (scroll down)
  10. September 4, 2019

    “We’re eager to conduct more work in these deposits to understand the environment of the … specimen, the relationship to climate change and how it affected human evolution, if at all,” said Naomi Levin, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, and of environment, who was part of a research team that discovered a “remarkably complete” cranium of a 3.8-million-year-old early human ancestor.