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August 19, 2019

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July 31, 2019

Research by D. Andre Green, a postdoctoral fellow in ecology and evolutionary biology, reveals that the wake-up time of monarch butterflies, long thought to be triggered by warmth and light, actually relies on cold and internal timing, which could be crucial for conservation efforts.

Popular Science

July 31, 2019

“Free speech in this country died a little bit in Ohio this month. An appeal is likely, so perhaps mourning can wait. But those who are celebrating do not understand the grave risks that this ruling poses to the speech that they value,” wrote Len Niehoff, professor from practice at the Law School, on a libel verdict against Oberlin College, in which a jury held it responsible for student protesters’ accusations of racism against a local business.

The Detroit News

July 31, 2019

The United States could have averted about 15,600 deaths if all 50 states expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, suggests new research by Sarah Miller, assistant professor of business economics and public policy, and colleagues.


July 31, 2019

“Parents, public health experts and clinicians must rally to address this problem. There is a critical need for clinical workforce training to support clinic and school-based education, screening, prevention and early intervention,” said Sean Esteban McCabe, professor of nursing, whose research found that a significant part of the drug crisis centers on the misuse of prescription drugs by other family members and friends.


July 31, 2019

A study by Lindsey De Lott, assistant professor of neurology, and ophthalmology and visual sciences, and Tiffany Braley, associate professor of neurology, found that surgery is safe for people with multiple sclerosis: “The idea that patients with MS might be at an increased risk of relapse following surgery isn’t necessarily the case, so we need to be careful delaying important surgeries,” De Lott said.

U.S. News & World Report

July 24, 2019

“When the state policymakers needed women’s hands, they sent them to do labor. Now they want to push women into marriage and have a bunch of babies,” said Wang Zheng, professor of women’s studies and history, commenting on the resurgence in traditional gender roles in China that has increasingly pushed women back into the home.

The New York Times

July 24, 2019

“I could see Amazon using the information to target advertising that would steer customers to its own new pharmacy venture. Amazon could also share the information it gets from Alexa Health for targeted advertising by third parties in the same way it currently uses personal information,” said Jodyn Platt, assistant professor of learning health sciences, on Amazon’s new partnership with Britain’s National Health Service.

Los Angeles Times

July 24, 2019

Richard Rood, professor of climate and space sciences and engineering, and earth and environmental sciences, says the extreme heat caused by climate change will not occur in isolation — there will be droughts, wildfires, floods, and other extreme weather events that will compound the impacts of the heat: “Our past climate can no longer guide us. We have to build and adapt to what’s coming.”

National Geographic

July 23, 2019

“Any effort to combat sexual harassment in the workplace is a step in the right direction (but) … when workers lack basic rights on the job, it is much harder to speak out against sexual harassment and to pursue remedies,” said Kate Andrias, professor of law.

ABC News

July 23, 2019

“To Republicans, Trump is simply saying: ‘Hey, if you don’t like America, you can leave. That is not at all controversial. If you already support Trump, then it’s very easy to interpret his comments that way. … (He) is doing exactly what Republicans want him to do. He’s taking on groups that they oppose,” said Vincent Hutchings, professor of political science.