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June 17, 2019

In The News

May 17, 2019

Paolo Pasquariello, professor of finance, says that “tariffs on Chinese and American imports will be paid for almost entirely by local consumers, especially U.S. consumers, given that they collectively import from China more than they sell to it. In other words, U.S. tariffs act exactly like taxes on American consumption of foreign goods and services, and those taxes will lower American consumers’ real income, discourage some of their consumption and ultimately lower U.S. GDP growth.”

The Hill

May 17, 2019

Katherine Freese, professor of physics, discussed weakly-interacting massive particles, or WIMPs, which are popular candidates for dark matter: “If we’re right and these are the dark matter particles then there would be billions of them going through you every second. But they’re not going to do anything to you because the interactions are really, really weak.”

The Naked Scientists

May 17, 2019

Silvia Pedraza, professor of sociology and American culture, says the new economic sanctions against Cuba aren’t going to break the current regime — all they’re going to do is make it economically difficult for people: "But they will find a way around it. It just isn’t going to have the political consequences that ([the U.S. hopes) it will have.”

National Public Radio

May 16, 2019

“I think a ban will send a very strong statement within the national conversation about the potential harms associated with (facial-recognition technology). … We already know that it infringes on people’s privacy and it heavily discriminates against some groups of people,” said Sarita Yardi Schoenebeck, associate professor of information, about a potential ban of facial-recognition technology in San Francisco.


May 16, 2019

The need for drug treatment programs is higher than any other unmet need across the state, with nearly a third of Michigan counties lacking medication-based treatment services for opioid addiction, says Tom Ivacko, associate director of the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy: “That is higher than the need for access to affordable housing, job training, public transportation, subsidized health care, child care, emergency food and so on.”

Michigan Radio

May 16, 2019

“We keep breaking records, but what makes the current levels of CO2 in the atmosphere most troubling is that we are now well into the ‘danger zone’ where large tipping points in the Earth’s climate could be crossed. … It’s like we’re playing with a loaded gun and don’t know how it works,” said Jonathan Overpeck, professor and dean of the School for Environment and Sustainability.

Live Science

May 15, 2019

“I think we need to do a lot more educating of faculty, and of English departments, about how to rethink what they’re doing. But I think it’s possible. We’re talking about smart people,” said Anne Ruggles Gere, professor of education, and English language and literature, and director of the Sweetland Center for Writing, about the role of academe in preparing literary studies scholars for the job market.

The Chronicle Review

May 15, 2019

Even companies that don’t trade directly with China are being impacted by the trade war if they do business with companies that do trade with China, said Kyle Handley, assistant professor of business economics and public policy: “There’s not a lot of ways this works out good for companies. They’re just missing out on sales right now, and while that’s happening, they may be losing market share to foreign competitors that they will not get back.”

Crain’s Detroit Business

May 15, 2019

Research by Kao-Ping Chua, assistant professor of pediatrics, and colleagues found that doctor and pharmacy shopping for opioids by members of families may be helping to fuel drug abuse: “Our study demonstrates yet another reason why clinicians should not overprescribe opioids.”


May 14, 2019

Sridhar Kota, professor of mechanical engineering, says too many American companies that originally went to Asia for manufacturing also are turning there for research, engineering and design on things like cellular telephones, lithium batteries and flat panel displays: “They were invented in the U.S. but not manufactured in the U.S. and now we don’t have the know-how to manufacture the next generation.”