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February 16, 2019

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February 1, 2019

Comments by Anna Stefanopoulou, director of the U-M Energy Institute and professor of mechanical engineering, were featured in a story about why electric cars struggle in cold temperatures.


February 1, 2019

“(It’s) not just the engineering pieces, but a lot of the other social questions that (need to) be well understood before these systems are really going to benefit us. We’re working just as hard on those topics as on the engineering in Michigan,” said Greg McGuire, lab director at Mcity Lab, on the societal and legal implications of self-driving vehicles.


February 1, 2019

“This is a remarkable narrowing of the lines between governance, business and politics since the app is not put forth as a channel to learn about the government but centered on the person himself,” said Joyojeet Pal, associate professor of information, on the built-in social network of the personal mobile application of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


January 31, 2019

Heather Ann Thompson, professor of Afroamerican and African studies, history, and the Residential College, says African Americans are less likely than whites to be able to marshal resources to fight back against the justice system: “It has everything to do with who has access to good defense lawyers and who’s getting pulled over to begin with.”

USA Today

January 31, 2019

“As a matter of antitrust law, that doesn’t really have any impact, and how Facebook chooses to organize its wholly owned entities is not an antitrust issue. The bigger question is how Facebook was allowed to own three media outlets in the first place,” said Daniel Crane, professor of law, on Facebook’s recent announcement it will merge its messaging services — Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.


January 31, 2019

“Private time has been a recommended part of adolescent clinical care for quite some time and is a cornerstone of the movement to support the transition from the pediatric system of care to the adult system of care,” said Sarah Clark, co-director of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.


January 30, 2019

“There’s a lot of push for people to jump to the conclusion that these are gang-related. Bullying, talking smack, someone talking about your girlfriend—this is common, and those are typically the conflicts that escalate,” said Rebecca Cunningham, professor of emergency medicine, and health behavior and health education, on the increase in mass homicides on school campuses.

Los Angeles Times

January 30, 2019

“The value of art is decided by human beings, and the value of human beings is decided by human beings. When one of those value judgments is in conflict with another, forcing us to take sides, our discussions reveal how moral decisions are being made, and on whose terms and under which circumstances,” said Irina Aristarkhova, associate professor of art history and women’s studies, on whether socially condemned behavior discredits a person’s artistic vision.

The Christian Science Monitor

January 30, 2019

“It’s well known that if you want to keep a person dialed into something, give them a reward at variable times. Turns out, that’s exactly what email or social media does — you don’t know when you’ll get another like or receive your next email, and so we keep checking,” said Ethan Kross, professor of psychology and faculty associate at the Institute for Social Research.

National Geographic

January 29, 2019

Research by Suzanna Zick, research associate professor in family medicine and environmental health sciences, suggests breast cancer survivors struggling with common, lasting symptoms stemming from their treatments may find relief in self-applied acupressure: “Women do not have a problem learning this technique at all.”

U.S. News & World Report