In the News

  1. September 6, 2023
    • Sue Anne Bell

    “I think climate anxiety … used to be something that we thought about in terms of this long-term feeling of anxiety about where the planet as a whole is going,” said Sue Anne Bell, assistant professor of nursing. “I think more and more that the idea of climate anxiety is about, ‘Will I be able to get insurance on my house? Is my house going to flood? Am I going to be without power for an extended period of time?’”

  2. September 6, 2023
    • Domenico Grasso

    “Regional public universities are responsive to local needs because we are at the heart of our communities. … We design our teaching and service and engage in research based on the needs and ethos of our communities,” co-wrote Domenico Grasso, chancellor of UM-Dearborn. “RPUs contribute in essential ways to educate the Michigan workforce, build diverse communities and train tomorrow’s practitioners and leaders.”

    Bridge Michigan
  3. September 6, 2023
    • Headshot of Aubree Gordon

    The first U.S. case of the COVID-19 variant BA.2.86 — identified last month at a U-M lab — has more than 30 new mutations. “All of the risk assessments for this variant haven’t been done yet … (but) this virus might be better at evading preexisting immunity than some of the prior variants,” said Aubree Gordon, associate professor of epidemiology. “If it takes off, how severe or virulent will it be? That’s the other piece of it because we are going to see waves of lots of transmission,” said Joseph Eisenberg, professor of epidemiology. “So we want to be able to … minimize the number of severe cases and hospitalizations.”

    Detroit Free Press
  4. September 5, 2023
    • Nadine Hubbs

    “In this moment of QAnon and conspiracy theories, people are really, really attentive to the possibility of code words. So his lyrics are getting a lot of scrutiny and now he’s sort of been massaging the message as each day passes,” said Nadine Hubbs, professor of women and gender studies, on the popularity of Oliver Anthony’s country song “Rich Men North of Richmond.”

    KPCC Radio (Los Angeles)
  5. September 5, 2023
    • Photo of Justin Wolfers

    “The pandemic continues to exert a really important influence on the economy. … Labor supply, the return of women to the workforce, work from home, a fundamental transformation in the way we work, all the investments that didn’t happen, the shift toward services … this is going to continue to shape the economy for another two, three, four, five years,” said Justin Wolfers, professor of economics and public policy.

  6. September 5, 2023
    • So'Phelia Morrow

    “Emotional abuse is underrecognized as abuse even though psychological violence — more than physical violence or sexual violence — is the strongest predictor of post-traumatic stress disorder in abused women and often precedes physical abuse,” wrote So’Phelia Morrow, doctoral student in social work and sociology.

    Chicago Tribune
  7. September 1, 2023
    • Earl Lewis
    • Julie Arbit

    “There are a number of innovative ways that cities can fund infrastructure projects, such as public-private partnerships and green banks that help support sustainability projects. … Cities will have to remain vigilant about reducing emissions that contribute to climate change, and at the same time prepare for the climate risks creeping toward even the ‘climate havens’ of the globe,” co-wrote Earl Lewis, professor of history, of Afroamerican and African studies, and of public policy, and director of the U-M Center for Social Solutions, and CSS researchers Julie Arbit and Brad Bottoms.

    Scientific American
  8. September 1, 2023
    • Javed Ali

    “It was clear, I would say even before the attempted mutiny in June, that Prigozhin was living on borrowed time. He had been a thorn in the side of Putin for months … in Putin’s Russia, you can only get away with that for so long,” said Javed Ali, associate professor of practice of public policy, on the death of Russian mercenary Yevgeny Prigozhin, who died last week in a plane crash.

    The Sun (U.K.)
  9. September 1, 2023
    • April Zeoli

    “Gun violence isn’t a foregone conclusion of life and having a Second Amendment. … It’s preventable probably a good portion of the time, but to prevent it, we need to use the tools at our disposal,” said April Zeoli, associate professor of health management and policy and policy core director of the Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention.

  10. August 31, 2023
    • Photo of Ashlee Breitner

    “Our goal is for the region to continue to be the global epicenter of mobility. We are a historical, economic powerhouse for automotive, but there’s a lot that needs to be done to keep us competitive,” said Ashlee Breitner, managing director of the Economic Growth Institute, which provides money and technical help for small to medium-sized companies. Chelsea Gilbert, EGI project manager, said, “People typically need more help than just funds. The EGI creates suggestions to make the company more efficient, stable, etc.”