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August 21, 2019

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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.


July 17, 2019

“For a long time, there’s sort of been a bargain between the public and research universities: We do research, we do advanced education. In return, the public gives us resources, and then the freedom to explore and discover. And I think the societal respect for the success of that enterprise seems to be diminishing,” said President Mark Schlissel.

Bridge Magazine

July 17, 2019

Research by Dorceta Taylor, professor of environmental sociology, suggests a lack of transparency when it comes to demographic data within environmental organizations: “It is certainly a curious phenomenon. Is it pushback against this idea that diversity is something important?”

Michigan Radio

July 17, 2019

“The astronaut office viewed scientists as pipe-smoking oddities having unruly hair and wearing baggy tweed jackets with leather patches on our elbows,” said Tony England, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at UM-Dearborn and NASA’s first scientist astronaut, whose ingenuity helped save the Apollo 13 crew.

The Oakland Press

July 17, 2019

“It does suggest that the Women’s March has made sustained efforts to organize women in a way that involves many different issues, including race, sexuality, class and religion — and that the large majority of its participants embrace those values,” wrote Michael Heaney, adjunct research assistant professor at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, whose research suggests that the Women’s March has lived up to its stated commitment to intersectional activism.

The Washington Post

July 17, 2019

“For American science to advance, basic and applied research must be openly and widely shared. At the same time, the United States must continue to benefit — as it has for decades — from the world’s best and brightest scholars coming to the country to study and work. Indiscriminate restrictions on either could do irreparable harm to the U.S. scientific enterprise,” wrote Mary Sue Coleman, U-M president emerita.