In the News

  1. November 14, 2022
    • Jonathan Hanson

    “The districts in Michigan had been written by Republicans 10 years ago, and it made it very difficult to have competitive races across the board. The new districts are much more fair and they created a much more competitive situation,” said Jonathan Hanson, lecturer in statistics for public policy, on Democrats’ electoral success.

  2. November 11, 2022
    • Jasmine Simington

    Detroit voters are more motivated to participate in elections if a candidate on the ballot supports reparations for Black Americans, according to research by doctoral students Jasmine Simington of sociology and public policy, and Erykah Benson of sociology. “While we do find that (Black Americans) are more likely … to support reparations, we do see high support across the board among other non-Black ethnoracial groups,” Benson said.

    Bridge Detroit
  3. November 11, 2022
    • Jenna Bednar

    Though there was frustration during the pandemic, “voters appreciated how hard she worked to increase the funding available for public schools. … She didn’t run saying we need to revamp the curriculum, or ban books, or keep certain ideas out of the classroom. Voters responded to that,” said Jenna Bednar, professor of public policy and political science, on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s successful bid for a second term.

    Chalkbeat Detroit
  4. November 11, 2022
    • Ashley Gearhardt

    “Understanding (tobacco) products were not just ‘habit forming,’ but truly addictive, motivated public health approaches … warning labels, restricting advertising to children and economic incentives to avoid tobacco,” said Ashley Gearhardt, associate professor of psychology. “I would like to see similar approaches occur to change a food environment … dominated by highly processed foods that pushes profits over health.”

  5. November 10, 2022
    • Matthew Collette

    While Great Lakes ships that move cargo with sails rather than fuel may be a few years away, the idea of sail-assist to reduce emissions is relevant today, says Matthew Collette, associate professor of naval architecture and marine engineering: “Adding sails to existing ships might reduce emissions from 10% to 30%. But I think we are also going to have to figure out a zero-carbon fuel source for them.”

    Great Lakes Echo
  6. November 10, 2022
    • H.V. Jagadish

    “If we, as a society, want to address and solve some of the greatest challenges that lie ahead, it is absolutely essential to expand and strengthen our collective efforts in AI enabled discovery,” said H.V. Jagadish, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and director of the Michigan Institute for Data Science.

  7. November 10, 2022
    • Matthew Fletcher

    “If the ruling is all about how tribes aren’t sovereign anymore, then that’s everything,” said Matthew Fletcher, professor of law and American culture, about a Supreme Court challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act. That kind of broad ruling, he said, would cast a shadow on every corner of federal Indian law.

  8. November 9, 2022
    • Courtney Polenick

    More than half of adults 50 and older say they’ve helped a senior citizen with health, personal hygiene, home tasks or finances. “The challenges of helping someone you know as they grow older should not be underestimated but neither should the potential rewards,” said Courtney Polenick, assistant professor of psychiatry. Jeff Kullgren, associate professor of internal medicine and public health, says he knows “the value that (caregivers) can bring to the health and well-being of older adults. But there is almost no formal mechanism for our society to recognize or compensate them for what they do.”

    The Hill
  9. November 9, 2022
    • Denise Kirschner

    Using mathematics, Denise Kirschner, professor of microbiology and immunology, and Jennifer Linderman, professor of chemical and biomedical engineering, developed a whole lung simulation capable of reproducing activity during a pulmonary tuberculosis infection — a breakthrough that could speed up the search for more effective treatments and vaccines for TB.

  10. November 9, 2022
    • Headshot of Karyn Lacy

    “A white, monolithic conception of the suburbs is no longer accurate. That means Republicans who want to win in the long term … will need to abandon a way of life that’s a relic of the past and devise a durable strategy to attract suburbia’s newest residents. At the same time, Democrats can’t take diverse, suburban voters for granted,” said Karyn Lacy, associate professor of sociology and Afroamerican and African studies.

    NBC News