In the News

  1. February 15, 2024
    • Elizabeth Anderson

    “The overwhelming majority of Republicans think that poor people, who maybe are getting food stamps or some kind of public assistance, are lazy and life is easy for them,” said Elizabeth Anderson, professor of philosophy. “Anyone who’s actually been poor knows that it’s in fact a lot of work to be poor. … A lot of poverty is structural. It has nothing to do with the virtues and vices of individuals.”

  2. February 14, 2024
    • Brian Jacob
    • Kevin Stange

    “Investing in people through affordable and high-quality postsecondary education is one of the best things a state can do. Such investment increases economic resilience and upward mobility, spurs technological progress, and increases civic engagement. It pays for itself,” co-wrote Brian Jacob, professor of public policy, economics and education, and Kevin Stange, associate professor of public policy and education.

    Bridge Michigan
  3. February 14, 2024
    • Libby Hemphill

    “Retribution against extremists or debating on their terms will not prevent violence or reduce their effectiveness,” said Libby Hemphill, associate professor of information and digital studies. “Addressing the underlying reasons someone felt like extremists were a good fit for them will be more effective than trying to debate or punish people who are already bought in.”

  4. February 14, 2024
    • Paige Fischer

    “You can’t always see it. You don’t really experience the advanced health impacts necessarily until much later,” said Paige Fischer, associate professor of environment and sustainability who studies human adaptation to climate change and responses to extreme smoke, which continues to worsen with ever-increasing wildfires.

    The New York Times
  5. February 13, 2024
    • Joel Howell
    • Jeffrey Kullgren

    Ninety-eight percent of adults ages 50-80 say they benefit in at least one health-related way from engaging with music, according to the U-M National Poll on Healthy Aging. “We know that music is associated with positive effects on measures from blood pressure to depression,” said Joel Howell, professor of internal medicine, public health and history. Jeffrey Kullgren, associate professor of internal medicine and public health, said, “While music doesn’t come up often in older adults’ visits with their usual care providers, perhaps it should.”

  6. February 13, 2024
    • Olivia Halabicky

    “There is no safe level of lead,” said Olivia Halabicky, postdoctoral fellow in public health, who recommends that everyone test their water sources, homes and even nearby soil, and avoid consumer products that are high in lead. “We don’t want people to be exposed to this at all.”

    National Geographic
  7. February 13, 2024
    • Mary Gallagher

    Recovery from China’s real estate crunch depends on Xi Jinping’s willingness to take the lead in patching long-term economic cracks the central government helped create, says Mary Gallagher, professor of political science and director of the International Institute: “These problems are not only rooted in the bad behavior of corrupt officials, greedy capitalists or overextended households,” but by bad actors motivated by incentives set up by China’s development model.

  8. February 12, 2024
    • Will Thomas

    “Elections are always won at the margins. So really, the question is whether either this case or maybe some of this other litigation will impact Trump’s chances of building the kind of coalition he needs to win in November,” said Will Thomas, assistant professor of business law and philosophy, regarding the legal challenges facing Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

    CBS News Detroit
  9. February 12, 2024
    • Patrick Carter

    Reducing deaths from car crashes required looking at the problem from lots of different angles and the same approach will be needed for firearm deaths, said Patrick Carter, associate professor of emergency medicine and public health and co-director of the Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention: “Building that capacity is really critical to moving the needle and reversing the trends that we’re seeing.”

  10. February 12, 2024
    • Nikhilesh Mazumder

    White people are more likely than Native Americans and Black people to gain a spot on the national liver transplant list, new research shows. “It’s not like people are saying, ‘Oh, you are Black, you aren’t going to get it,’” said gastroenterologist Nikhilesh Mazumder, who believes it’s more that the history of race in the U.S. — and its persistent connection to poverty — has “ended up stacking the deck against referral.”

    The Washington Post