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January 20, 2019

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December 5, 2018

Research by Katherine Freese, professor of physics, and colleagues suggests that direct evidence of notoriously elusive dark matter might be found on ancient rocks right here on Earth.


December 4, 2018

Lutz Kilian, professor of economics, says lower gas prices won’t necessarily boost the U.S. economy: “There were similar declines in 2012 and we didn’t see much happen in terms of economic growth. I wouldn’t expect an economic stimulus to come from this.”

PBS NewsHour

December 4, 2018

Methamphetamine and opioid use has soared among pregnant American women — especially those in rural areas — putting the health of baby and mother at risk, according to research led by Lindsay Admon, clinical lecturer in obstetrics and gynecology.

U.S. News & World Report

December 4, 2018

“It means that more people are paying attention to Donald Trump. That’s the takeaway. It’s just part of the zeitgeist,” said Adam Pritchard, professor of law, commenting on the uptick in IPO-bound companies citing the president and his administration as a potential risk to their business.

Bloomberg News

December 3, 2018

“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

December 3, 2018

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.


December 3, 2018

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.”


November 30, 2018

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

November 30, 2018

“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.

Bridge Magazine

November 29, 2018

“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