“Trump was not responsible for GM’s layoffs. Nor is there anything he or any other politician can do to change the need for GM to cut these jobs. ... The one thing that the government can do is to make sure that U.S. research centers, including universities, have as much money as necessary to develop electric vehicles (and battery charging technology) and autonomous vehicle technology. We don’t want to lose that technology race to China,” said Donald Grimes, an economist at the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics.
Detroit Free Press
People with unorganized workspaces are viewed by their bosses and colleagues as being more neurotic and less agreeable than employees with neater desks, according to a new study for which Terrence Horgan, professor of psychology at UM-Flint, was lead author.
Doctors and patients may not realize that hearing loss contributes to preventable miscommunication about treatment plans, said Michael McKee, assistant professor of family medicine: “Patients also need to feel empowered and speak up when they do not understand. It is their right to know their health information.”
In a federal report on climate change, Maria Carmen Lemos, professor of environment and sustainability, and Jenna Jorns, program manager for the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments, wrote that the Great Lakes region has seen a decline in lake ice cover, more algae blooms in the lakes, changes in agriculture and forestry, and outbreaks of infectious diseases more common in warmer temperatures.
WXYZ / Detroit
“It’s good they’re moving ahead. What they want to hope for is that there’s not another recession that would impact demand. They don’t need anything to lower demand,” said Margaret Dewar, professor emerita of urban planning, regarding slow-moving revitalization efforts of the Fitzgerald neighborhood in northwest Detroit.
“I think one of the messages I’ve taken from this is the fact that even in a horrendous situation like a concentration camp, that these men were able to produce this beautiful music,” said Patricia Hall, professor of music theory, who helped bring to life a music manuscript arranged and performed by prisoners in the Auschwitz I men’s orchestra.
The Associated Press
“The imagination of the suburbs is stuck in a model that emerged in Orange County in the 1960s: Goldwater-Reagan voters, white-collar, conservative activists,” said Matthew Lassiter, professor of history, and urban and regional planning, referring to the longtime Republican California county that like many other U.S. suburban counties has become more racially, economically and politically diverse.
The New York Times
Comments by Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, senior economist at the U-M Energy Institute, and Gabriel Ehrlich, director of the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics, were featured in a story about the layoffs of thousands of General Motors workers and the closing of several factories in North America.
Detroit Free Press
Maxwell Owusu, professor of anthropology, says countries like Ghana need a strong infusion of literacy to boost industrialization to facilitate technological change and provide job opportunities for both skilled and unskilled labor.
Ghana News Agency
Research led by Renuka Tipirneni, assistant professor of internal medicine, suggests that people who don't understand how their health insurance works or how to estimate out-of-pocket costs are more likely to avoid needed care than those with a firm grasp of what services should cost.