April 10, 2021

In the News

  1. April 1, 2021

    “It’s incredible that anything from the FE was saved because they were fomenting revolution, not preserving history,” said Julie Herrada, curator of the Joseph A. Labadie Collection at the U-M Library. The Fifth Estate was “the counterculture’s source for music, politics and the arts in general. It wasn’t just a political paper or just a hippie paper, but spoke to all the communities that defined the 1960s in politics, culture and the arts.”

    Detroit Free Press
  2. April 1, 2021
    • Brian Zikmund-Fisher
    • Anna Kirkland

    The anti-vaccine crowd can appear larger when clumped together with people who are hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine, says Brian Zikmund-Fisher, professor of public health: “There are not that many people who hold that strong and confident of a belief. There are a lot of people who are questioning, hesitant, want to wait and see how it goes.” Anti-vaxxers, however, are publicly committed to their ideology. “That person is never going to change their mind and they’re not persuadable,” said Anna Kirkland, professor of women’s studies, public health and sociology. 

  3. March 31, 2021
    • Randy Singer

    “I can go into a shelf and grab a jar off the shelf and look at a river in someplace in southeast Asia in the 1800s. I can know exactly what the fishes were eating. I can know about the chemical composition of the water they lived in,” said Randy Singer, assistant research scientist in ecology and evolutionary biology and curator of the Museum of Zoology’s fish collection, about the challenges of bringing biological specimen records online.  

    National Public Radio
  4. March 31, 2021
    • Terese Olson

    “No amount of lead is deemed safe and your vulnerability is often exaggerated by when in your life you’re exposed to it. So if you are a young child that’s going to have to live with the lead you’re exposed to as a child if it’s high, that’s a far more worrisome problem,” said Terese Olson, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, on high levels of lead found in Benton Harbor’s water supply.

    The Detroit News
  5. March 31, 2021
    • Todd Austin

    “Imagine trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube that rearranges itself every time you blink. That’s what hackers are up against with MORPHEUS. It makes the computer an unsolvable puzzle,” said Todd Austin, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, whose research team developed a computer chip that works by reconfiguring key bits of its code and data dozens of times per second, turning any vulnerabilities into dead ends for hackers.

    DBusiness Magazine
  6. March 30, 2021
    • Miranda Brown

    Whatever the roots of the dumpling may be, its contemporary manifestations are a hybrid of several culinary traditions, says Miranda Brown, professor of Asian languages and cultures: “China may be a dumpling lover’s heaven (but) it is not its original homeland. … It’s now everyone’s food. It’s 100 percent Chinese, Korean, Armenian, as well as Turkish. China is a nexus of influence. But that’s food history; these recipes tend to get around.” 

  7. March 30, 2021
    • J. Alexander Navarro

    “If we have anything to learn from the history of the 1918 influenza pandemic … it is that a premature return to pre-pandemic life risks more cases and more deaths. And today’s Americans have significant advantages over those of a century ago. … Most critically, we have multiple safe and effective vaccines that are being deployed,” wrote J. Alexander Navarro, assistant director of the Center for the History of Medicine.

  8. March 30, 2021
    • So’Phelia Morrow

    “When those people say, ‘Well, people made a choice,’ 30 years ago, that choice was different than what it is now; 40 years ago, that choice was different than it is now. This is a racial issue, this is a gender issue, this is a class issue,” said So’Phelia Morrow, a doctoral student in social work and sociology, commenting on student debt forgiveness and the choice to pursue higher education no matter what the cost.

  9. March 29, 2021
    • Photo of Daniel Clauw

    Daniel Clauw, professor of anesthesiology and director of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center, is concerned that COVID-19 could exacerbate chronic overlapping pain conditions: “I think it will trigger the development of this symptom complex in a subset of people that get COVID, and make the symptoms of pain, fatigue, memory problems worse in many people that had pre-existing problems that were more affected by the pandemic.”

    The Guardian (U.K.)
  10. March 29, 2021
    • Marion Hofmann Bowman

    People who receive a flu shot are less likely to test positive for COVID-19 and even if they do, they have fewer complications, says Marion Hofmann Bowman, associate professor of internal medicine and cardiology: “It is possible that patients who receive their flu vaccine are also people who are practicing more social distancing and following CDC guidelines. … It is also plausible that there could be a direct biological effect of the flu vaccine on the immune system relevant for the fight against SARS-CoV-2 virus.”

    International Business Times