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February 16, 2019

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February 12, 2019

“Assuming that this is proceeding with the blessing of the king, this suggests that the crown is trying to chart its own course through Thailand’s turbulent political waters,” said Allen Hicken, professor of political science, on the electoral contest between the Thai king’s older sister and a military-backed candidate for prime minister.

The Associated Press / Time

February 12, 2019

Andrew Wu, assistant professor of finance, and of technology and operations, says the key to the success of U.K. digital bank Monzo is its early use of application programming interface: “They designed a series of APIs that allows different fintech front-end systems — robo-advisers, crowdfunding platforms, other banking and saving products — to communicate with Monzo’s back-end core systems: the management of bank accounts.”


February 11, 2019

“What these studies (on melting Antarctic ice) are showing is that we have a lot of evidence and … we’re in store for tens of centimeters of sea level rise at the lower end, possibly more. It’s enough to displace communities and we have to think about how we’re going to protect our most vulnerable populations,” said Jeremy Bassis, associate professor of climate and space sciences and engineering, and earth and environmental sciences.


February 11, 2019

Roya Ensafi, assistant research professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and colleagues created Censored Planet, a system that monitors and reports when access to websites is blocked, seeking to understand which websites governments are blocking and why.

Michigan Radio

February 11, 2019

Comments by Greg Tarle, professor of physics, were featured in a story about possible signs of dark matter identified by a costly and controversial space-based cosmic ray detector.

Science Magazine

February 8, 2019

Christina Weiland, assistant professor of education, was quoted in a story about the improvements made nationwide by Head Start, the country’s biggest preschool program serving nearly 900,000 low-income students.

The New York Times

February 8, 2019

“If you think it’s a war on plutocracy — you think that rich people have too much political power — then if these wealth taxes reduce the wealth of the very wealthy and reduce their political power, you’re satisfied, goal achieved. But if you’re thinking about this as a war on inequality (where) lower-income, lower-wealth people are not doing well, then you care about how much revenue you raise,” said Joel Slemrod, professor of economics and director of the Office of Tax Policy Research.

The Christian Science Monitor

February 8, 2019

Comments by Nicole Ellison, professor of information, were featured in an article about how Facebook has changed social life by keeping weak connections on life support forever — friendships you’ve evolved out of or would normally have faded out of your life, but which, thanks to Facebook, are instead still hanging around.

The Atlantic

February 7, 2019

Research by Natasha Pilkauskas, assistant professor of public policy, shows that nuclear families — father, mother and dependent children — now make up less than 20 percent of American households due to a decline in marriage, an increase in single parenthood and a growing population of nonwhite Americans.

Hour Detroit

February 7, 2019

“To say it was not about race is to say history doesn’t matter and there was this magic historical moment where all vestiges of a racialized housing market went away and everything started anew like the Book of Genesis,” said Matthew Lassiter, professor of history and urban and regional planning, about a 1950 provision in California’s Constitution that still requires voter approval before public housing is built in a community.

Los Angeles Times