“We keep breaking records, but what makes the current levels of CO2 in the atmosphere most troubling is that we are now well into the ‘danger zone’ where large tipping points in the Earth’s climate could be crossed. … It’s like we’re playing with a loaded gun and don’t know how it works,” said Jonathan Overpeck, professor and dean of the School for Environment and Sustainability.
“I think we need to do a lot more educating of faculty, and of English departments, about how to rethink what they’re doing. But I think it’s possible. We’re talking about smart people,” said Anne Ruggles Gere, professor of education, and English language and literature, and director of the Sweetland Center for Writing, about the role of academe in preparing literary studies scholars for the job market.
The Chronicle Review
Even companies that don’t trade directly with China are being impacted by the trade war if they do business with companies that do trade with China, said Kyle Handley, assistant professor of business economics and public policy: “There’s not a lot of ways this works out good for companies. They’re just missing out on sales right now, and while that’s happening, they may be losing market share to foreign competitors that they will not get back.”
Crain’s Detroit Business
Research by Kao-Ping Chua, assistant professor of pediatrics, and colleagues found that doctor and pharmacy shopping for opioids by members of families may be helping to fuel drug abuse: “Our study demonstrates yet another reason why clinicians should not overprescribe opioids.”
Sridhar Kota, professor of mechanical engineering, says too many American companies that originally went to Asia for manufacturing also are turning there for research, engineering and design on things like cellular telephones, lithium batteries and flat panel displays: “They were invented in the U.S. but not manufactured in the U.S. and now we don’t have the know-how to manufacture the next generation.”
“What is really novel here is not just that carbon from the surface ocean can reach the deep ocean on relatively short timescales, but that the ‘young’ carbon produced in the surface ocean is fueling, or sustaining, life in the deepest trenches,” said Rose Cory, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, on radioactive carbon from nuclear bomb tests in the 1950s and ’60s reaching the deepest parts of the world’s oceans.
“In Phase 1, Trump knew special counsel Robert Mueller could never lay a glove on him because of the Department of Justice policy that a sitting president cannot be indicted. Now that Trump faces investigation from a coequal branch of government that actually could remove him from office through impeachment, the Phase 2 strategy kicks in: Fight everything,” wrote Barbara McQuade, professor from practice at the Law School.
Although opioid overdose deaths are rising faster for blacks than for whites, the latter have had near exclusive access to buprenorphine, a drug that curbs the craving for opioids and reduces the chance of a fatal overdose, according to Pooja Lagisetty, assistant professor of internal medicine, and colleagues: “This epidemic over the last few years has been framed by many as largely a white epidemic, but we know now that’s not true.”
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“I think it’s likely helpful for parents to talk about the benefits of healthy food with their children in a child-friendly way, and also to model it. But also, all children have a different ‘temperament’ when it comes to eating, so don’t get too worried about your child being a picky eater unless they’re not growing,” said Alison Miller, associate professor of health behavior and health education.
Erin Bonar, assistant professor of psychiatry, says the inclusion of wrap-around services — including housing services and transportation — in Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s plan to combat opioid abuse nationwide is important: “Hitting all aspects of people’s lives is very important to being able to get people the tools to successfully live their lives without having an opioid addiction.”