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August 19, 2019

In The News

July 3, 2019

“Signaling Spanish fluency isn’t enough. The one thing Latino voters will probably remember the most is whether or not these nods in Spanish are followed by something much more substantive,” said Angela Ocampo, assistant professor of political science, on the candidates who spoke some Spanish during last week’s Democratic debates.

Detroit Free Press

July 3, 2019

Research by doctoral student Koji Takahashi and Allison Earl, assistant professor of psychology, found that meditation before seeing the doctor helps patients listen and understand health messages better. Meditation may not be able to stop fear or anxiousness completely, but being in a calmer mood is a positive step forward, the authors said. “You’ll be able to handle the information better by being in a calmer mood,” Earl said.


July 3, 2019

Kenneth Warner, dean emeritus of the School of Public Health, says that banning e-cigarettes alienates an entire population of adult cigarette smokers who are trying to quit and need an alternative: “We’re taking the risk of addiction among kids and comparing that with the immediate danger of smoking-related illness and death in smokers who have not been able to quit otherwise, and who might be able to quit with vaping.”

NBC News

July 3, 2019

Comments by Carol Persad, professor of psychiatry and director of the University Center for Language and Literacy, were featured in a story about ways that speech therapy can help people with aphasia — a disorder that can inhibit stroke patients’ ability to speak — regain their communication skills.

Everyday Health

July 3, 2019

“We shouldn’t settle for second-class elections in this country. We have the resources, we have the know-how, we have the technology to solve election security and declare this no longer a problem that voters have to worry about. But it’s going to take coordination and strong leadership from the federal government to make that happen,” said J. Alex Halderman, professor of electrical engineering and computer science.

Mother Jones

June 26, 2019

“Generally, the idea that lowering tax rates will increase revenue has been disproven time and time again. It certainly makes tax cuts look more attractive if you claim you won’t lose revenue, so it’s very attractive politically to claim it — but it’s almost never true,” said Joel Slemrod, professor of business economics and public policy, and director of the Office of Tax Policy Research.


June 26, 2019

Research by Lilia Cortina, professor of psychology and women’s studies, shows that many organizations flounder in how they handle sexual harassment complaints: “The mere presence of anti-harassment training should not be the ultimate goal. It should be a significant reduction in sexist and misogynistic attitudes, and significant reduction in harassing conduct.”


June 26, 2019

“The more money the wallet contains, the more people say that it would feel like stealing if they do not return the wallet,” said Alain Cohn, assistant professor of information, whose study of more than 17,000 “lost” wallets in 355 cities worldwide revealed that people were more likely to return a wallet if it had money in it than when it was empty.

National Public Radio

June 26, 2019

“Who could hold their own on a debate stage with President Trump? Biden, given his stature, gravitas and experience as vice president, would be able to hold it, but he definitely doesn’t have the star quality. If there’s anyone with that ‘it factor’ quality, I would say it’s (Pete) Buttigieg. None of them has the star power of Trump or is going to get 20,000 people at a rally,” said Aaron Kall, director of the U-M Debate program.

The Guardian (U.K.)

June 26, 2019

“This is an issue impacting our education system and workforce and if we are going to thrive as a state, we have to figure it out. We need to get to a place where people fully understand the extent of homelessness and housing instability in Michigan and how it has an impact on a child’s education and well-being,” said Jennifer Erb-Downward, senior research associate with U-M Poverty Solutions.