“It is as serious of a threat to the Fed as I have seen in my lifetime. It raises the prospect of a dysfunctional Fed, and a dysfunctional Fed would lead to a dysfunctional economy,” said Justin Wolfers, professor of economics and public policy, on the nominations of ardent Trump supporters Herman Cain and Stephen Moore to the Federal Reserve Board.
The New Yorker
Until cannabis-specific tests become more reliable, other roadside tests, such as following a light or finger with only eyes, walking heel-to-toe along a line or standing on one leg for 30 seconds, are the best options to detect marijuana-impaired drivers, said Carol Flannagan, research associate professor at the U-M Transportation Research Institute.
“The simple answer is cost,” said Andre Boehman, professor of mechanical engineering, on why some European automakers may have suppressed the development of emissions-fighting technology — technology that requires resources that can lead to higher car prices and decreased sales.
The Washington Post
“Although a seemingly simple process, mistakes can occur during the removal of gowns and gloves,” said Sarah Krein, research associate professor of internal medicine, on a recent study that shows improper removal of personal protective garments can result in contamination of clothes or equipment with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
“That’s really draconian. This is like losing a scholarship from an NCAA penalty,” said Rodney Fort, professor of sports management, commenting on a proposed rule change that would require colleges accepting graduate transfers in basketball and football be docked a scholarship if the transfer does not earn a secondary degree within a year.
The New York Times
Comments by Joan Nassauer, professor of landscape architecture, were featured in an article about the environmental benefits — but lack of popular use — of turf lawn alternatives such as fescue grasses and native plants.
“I originally named them to see if I can get away with it,” said Joshua Stough, research fellow in microbiology and immunology, whose new study describes the Three Stooges — Larry, Curly and Moe — a trio of viruses he found in Lake Ontario algae that specialize in infecting other viruses.
“We know that spending time in nature reduces stress, but until now it was unclear how much is enough, how often to do it, or even what kind of nature experience will benefit us,” said MaryCarol Hunter, associate professor of environment and sustainability.
Migratory songbirds that produce faint, high-pitched chirps as they fly at night are involved in more lethal building collisions than songbirds that don’t, according to research by Ben Winger, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and assistant curator at the Museum of Zoology.
A story about a new exhibition at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology features comments by co-curators Carrie Roberts, conservator, and Catherine Person, educational and academic outreach coordinator. The exhibition, “Ancient Color,” dives deep into the material and application of pigment and in doing so highlights a colorful, international history.