September 23, 2021

In the News

  1. September 15, 2021
    • Headshot of Ketra Armstrong

    “NASCAR hasn’t had very much success with the African American community at large because of NASCAR’s association with the Confederate flag,” said Ketra Armstrong, professor of sport management and director of the Center for Race and Ethnicity in Sport. “If you’re a Black consumer, it’s hard to enjoy the sports or the leisure or the activity when you’re surrounded by this ambiance or this effervescence that’s racially discriminating.”

    ABC News
  2. September 14, 2021
    • Photo of John Chamberlin

    John Chamberlin, professor emeritus of political science and public policy, says it’s reasonable for Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission — which is being sued for possibly missing deadlines — to take more time to draw congressional and statewide legislative maps: “It would have been a sort of Herculean task to do all the work that they have to do when they didn’t get the data until just recently.”

    Michigan Radio
  3. September 14, 2021
    • Headshot of Kelly Wright

    Kelly Wright, doctoral candidate in linguistics, says it’s fairly common to suddenly forget words, a phenomenon exacerbated by the pandemic: “Anomia, which is a difficulty retrieving known words, can happen as a symptom of exhaustion, certain illnesses or depression — all which inhibit the regular patterned firing of neurons in the language centers of the brain.” 

  4. September 14, 2021
    • Photo of Luke Shaefer

    “We now have definitive evidence that food hardship is responsive to government aid. The effect is crystal clear,” said H. Luke Shaefer, professor of public policy and social work and director of Poverty Solutions, whose research found that the 2021 stimulus checks brought immediate reductions in food insecurity.

    The New York Times
  5. September 13, 2021
    • Headshot of Tabbye Chavous

    “If we got rid of every system that was broken and imperfect, we’d have no systems. Just like any process, the execution and implementation matter,” said Tabbye Chavous, director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity and professor of education and psychology, on whether the way tenure is practiced is in tension with efforts to diversify the faculty.

    The Chronicle of Higher Education
  6. September 13, 2021
    • Headshot of Kyle Whyte

    “The urgent issue is not just that there are environmental perils coming, but rather that the climate crisis was built off of generations of inequity,” said Kyle Whyte, professor of environment and sustainability and a member of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council. “If people don’t recognize that it’s a crisis of justice, as well as a crisis of the environment, then they’re going to continue to propose problematic solutions.”

  7. September 13, 2021
    • Headshot of Ethan Kross

    “When you use third-person pronouns and your name to refer to yourself, you zoom out and get some distance from the current situation. Your perspective shifts from being overwhelmed to seeing the problem as a challenge, from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can,’” said Ethan Kross, professor of psychology, and management and organizations, and faculty associate at the Institute for Social Research. 

    The Washington Post
  8. September 10, 2021
    • Headshot of Felichism Kabo

    “For most collaboration, takeoff is the most challenging bit, and that’s when we find co-location is most helpful. When people have a prior relationship, it’s much easier to sustain that virtually,” said Felichism Kabo, assistant research scientist at the Institute for Social Research, whose research shows that people are more likely to end up collaborating if they see each other in person during the workday.

    The New York Times
  9. September 10, 2021
    • Headshot of Michael Steinberg

    A bill currently stalled in the Michigan House would “clarify the right of employees and students of color to wear their hair in a way that is consistent with their culture and traditions,” said Michael Steinberg, director of the Civil Rights Litigation Initiative at the Law School. “The bill would also provide needed guidance for employers and school districts: They can no longer force people of color to conform to Eurocentric hairstyles.” 

  10. September 10, 2021
    • Photo of Sarah Miller

    “Some women who had an abortion had children down the line, and we saw a small increase in financial problems, but by no means as much as for the women who didn’t have access to abortions,” said Sarah Miller, assistant professor of business economics and public policy, whose analysis of research data on the effects of limited reproductive freedom found that being denied an abortion causes massive financial distress, especially among poorer women and women of color.