Srijan Sen, associate professor of psychiatry, was interviewed for a story about what it’s like to live with high-functioning depression. Some people may not even know how to identify depression in themselves, which is particularly concerning because depression doesn't discriminate, Sen said.
Johanna Mathieu, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, discussed lessons learned about the state’s energy infrastructure during last week’s polar vortex and fire at a Consumers Energy natural gas plant, and what Michigan could do to avert a similar situation in the future.
Michigan Radio (6:20 mark)
Nina Mendelson, professor of law, said the strategy that Department of Interior officials and others have taken of delegating many responsibilities to unconfirmed officials was “legally problematic” because it conflicts with the intent and language in the Federal Vacancies Reform Act: “Congress specifically sought to limit this sort of strategy.”
The Washington Post
“The polarization that exists on climate policy in the U.S. has prevented a lot of conservative politicians from doing something. And the decisions that are being made now, or the lack of decisions being made now, are going to condemn the Colorado (River) to additional flow reductions. If we don’t deal with climate change, the Southwest will become a place of exodus,” said Jonathan Overpeck, professor and dean of the School for Environment and Sustainability.
“The first rule of the Dunning-Kruger club is you don’t know you’re a member of the Dunning-Kruger club. People miss that,” said David Dunning, professor of psychology. “The work is about (how) when people don’t get it, they don’t realize they don’t get it. And so the fact that people don’t get the work in major ways is a delicious irony, but also terrific confirmation.”
Earth’s lack of carbon may have saved it from a Venus-like fate, says Ted Bergin, professor of astronomy, whose work on how primordial gas and dust turned into stars and habitable planets garnered him the 2019 Heineman Prize for Astrophysics.
“I’d give them a 50-percent chance for prevailing, only because they’ll have the money for the lawyers,” said Jessica Litman, professor of law, and information, regarding a potential legal challenge by broadcast companies against Locast, a free app that streams network TV to users in several U.S. cities.
The New York Times
“The independent candidacies that have done the best often have had a kind of populist orientation or capitalize on a particular issue where the parties are out of step with the public. It’s not clear that either of those applies to Schultz,” said Brendan Nyhan, professor of public policy, on the potential independent White House bid by former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.
National Public Radio
“The results are better than expected because expectations were so low. The company still faces the huge challenges of managing its mountain of debt and restoring investor confidence in the accuracy of its numbers,” said Erik Gordon, clinical assistant professor of business, commenting on General Electric beating estimates for sales and cash flow in the fourth quarter.
John Chamberlin, professor emeritus of political science and public policy, was quoted in an article about how Michigan’s new Democratic governor, attorney general and secretary of state are working in concert to disrupt conservative efforts they oppose, even as Republicans still control the state House and Senate.