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  1. August 28, 2023
    • Anita Norich

    “I don’t know what it means to be celebrating Chava Rosenfarb in the city of her birth in which she was a prisoner in a ghetto for almost six years. … Can you do that in a country that hasn’t done the hard work of acknowledging the past? None of her characters can escape the Holocaust. Can Poland?” said Anita Norich, professor emerita of English and Judaic studies, about the celebration by the Polish city of Lodz of the centennial of the Yiddish writer’s birth.

    The Washington Post
  2. August 23, 2023
    • Sara Adar

    Research by Sara Adar, associate professor of epidemiology, and doctoral student Boya Zhang found a link between dementia and exposure to wildfire smoke. “(For wildfires), global action and policy are needed to slow down the pace of climate change,” Zhang said. “But on an individual level, during poor-air-quality days, it’s better to stay at home and not exercise outside. Also, maybe install an air purifier in your home, and shut your windows.”

    The Washington Post
  3. August 23, 2023
    • Photo of Aaron Kall

    “The catch-22 in these (Republican) debates is that even if Trump is not there as a frontrunner and there’s technically an opportunity for others, if they’re forced into a bunch of questions and their answers are basically defending Trump, then it’s almost impossible for them to make up any ground,” said Aaron Kall, director of U-M Debate.

    The Guardian (U.K.)
  4. August 23, 2023
    • Sarah Peitzmeier

    “There’s never going to be one silver bullet that fixes everything. Gone are the days of students watching a one-hour video when they come on campus. Awareness isn’t enough,” said Sarah Peitzmeier, associate professor of nursing and public health, noting the success of U-M’s sexual assault resistance training. “There is strong evidence that this training is effective, yet less than a dozen universities use it.”

    U.S. News & World Report
  5. August 23, 2023

    “We are going to be present in every community across America where violations of the law are occurring. We are going to hold polluters accountable when they break the law,” said David Uhlmann, director of U-M’s Environmental Law and Policy Program who is on leave to be head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unit that investigates environmental crimes.

    The New York Times
  6. August 23, 2023
    • Photo of Carol Boyd

    “I do not believe that comparing the health risks of marijuana smoking and tobacco smoking is useful any more than asking, ‘Are eating cookies healthier than eating cake?’ All smoke is an irritant to the respiratory tract and at a time in human history when humans breathe polluted air, no added smoke is good,” said Carol Boyd, professor emerita of nursing.

  7. August 16, 2023
    • Eric Brandt

    “There’s no clearly established exact step goal; the classic 10,000 steps isn’t necessarily data-backed, (but) the more activity you can do, the better, and you’re going to keep getting more and more benefit from it,” said Eric Brandt, clinical lecturer in cardiovascular medicine, on research that shows that as few as 4,000 steps daily can help a person live longer.

  8. August 16, 2023

    “Like divination, AI seems independent of its creators. But, like divination, it is not,” co-wrote Webb Keane, professor of anthropology. “When AI scrapes the web, it reflects back to us what we have put there. Our apps should show this. They should be required to present some of the evidence relevant to their decisions. This way, users can see that artificial intelligence is drawing on human intelligence.”

    The Spectator (U.K.)
  9. August 16, 2023
    • Cheng Li

    “Understanding the mechanisms of the largest storms in the solar system puts the theory of hurricanes into a broader cosmic context, challenging our current knowledge and pushing the boundaries of terrestrial meteorology,” said Cheng Li, assistant professor of climate and space sciences and engineering, whose research shows that megastorms on Saturn are similar to hurricanes on Earth, although significantly larger.

  10. August 16, 2023
    • Daniel Shumer

    “Over time, I watch patients flourish and grow,” said Daniel Shumer, associate professor of pediatric endocrinology, who believes that hormone therapy is not experimental and has real benefits, and that withholding hormone treatment until someone turns 18 is missing a big window to help young transgender patients.

    The Associated Press