August 07, 2020

In the News

  1. June 17, 2020
    • Headshot of Michael Esposito

    Michael Esposito, research fellow at the Institute for Social Research, said black men are 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police than white men, and police killings make up about 9 percent of all adult male homicides in the United States — an exceptionally high rate compared to other countries: “That comparison means we can do something to prevent this entirely. I think people are taking that a little bit more seriously now.”

    Michigan Radio
  2. June 10, 2020
    • Headshot of Rick Neitzel

    Much like trampling on blades of grass, prolonged exposure to noise can wear down hair cells in the inner ear that transform vibrations into signals the brain interprets as sound, says Richard Neitzel, associate professor of global public health and environmental health sciences. “If you walk across a lawn once a year, those grass blades are going to spring back up. If you’ve got a troop of soldiers marching back and forth across this lawn constantly, you’re going to end up damaging those blades of grass such that they don’t recover.”

    National Geographic
  3. June 10, 2020
    • Photo of Vincent Hutchings

    Vincent Hutchings, professor of political science and research professor in the Center for Political Studies, says there’s no evidence that mail-in voting has the potential to result in increased fraud: “Voter fraud, in general, is relatively rare in the United States, whether we’re talking about via mail or other sources. There are isolated incidents here or there, but they are infinitesimal in their magnitude. That is what study after study after study has shown.”

  4. June 10, 2020
    • Headshot of Brian Denton

    “By suspending entry of certain students and researchers from the People’s Republic of China, the White House is stifling a flow of STEM talent that is critical to the success of American universities, as well as to companies like Amazon, Apple, Ford and IBM,” wrote Brian Denton, professor and chair of industrial and operations engineering.

    The Hill
  5. June 10, 2020
    • Riana Anderson

    “To the extent that we can absolutely, unequivocally point to the disproportionate use of violence and fatal force that police use for black people and our native brothers and sisters as well, it is a public health hazard on many levels,” said Riana Anderson, assistant professor of health behavior and health education, who believes public health professionals must advocate for defunding or at least deconstructing the current police system.

    The Associated Press
  6. June 10, 2020

    “The best way to prevent looting is to provide individuals with a living wage, provide for their basic needs, treat them with human dignity, and facilitate a life that is about thriving,” said Christian Davenport, professor of political science and public policy, faculty associate at the Institute for Social Research and director of the Conflict and Peace Initiative.

    The Atlantic
  7. June 3, 2020
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    “Even at a time when doctors offices are closed and elective procedures are not going on … even being able to pay for your prescriptions is where having insurance versus not having insurance is going to make a big difference,” said Sarah Miller, assistant professor of business economics and public policy. “You want a social safety net that gives you things when you lose your job — that’s why we have unemployment insurance.”

  8. June 3, 2020
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    “Under the law of the First Amendment, the president has things exactly backward. The First Amendment protects private parties from actions by the government that limit their free speech. When Twitter commented on the president’s tweets, it engaged in conduct that the Constitution protects. In contrast, when the president retaliated against that speech by issuing an executive order intended to punish Twitter, he engaged in conduct that the Constitution protects against,” said Len Niehoff, professor from practice at the Law School.

  9. June 3, 2020
    • Headshot of Sheria Robinson-Lane

    “If you have someone who needs help getting out of bed and you send two people to the room to assist them, the staff may be almost hugging that person to roll them over,” said Sheria Robinson-Lane, assistant professor of nursing, on the prevalence of COVID-19 among nursing home residents and workers. “Nursing homes are already challenged with staffing concerns, and we’ve seen a chance of 15 percent reduction in staff after COVID patients come in.”

    U.S. News & World Report
  10. June 3, 2020
    • Headshot of Josh Pasek

    Twitter’s assumption of a stronger referee role in its approach to President Trump’s tweets reflects a “pretty radical change,” said Josh Pasek, associate professor of communication and media, and political science. “We really haven’t been at a place where social media companies were willing to take on this role,” although it may heighten polarization. “When you can’t agree on the state of the world, you open up opportunities for people to question the motives of others.”

    The Associated Press