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May 29, 2019

“The likelihood that somebody is going to default on their loan goes up as the size of their debt goes down. So those who are most likely to default on their loans have debts of only a few thousand dollars. What’s remarkable about these students is not the size of their debt but that they dropped out of school after only a few semesters,” said Susan Dynarski, professor of economics, education and public policy.

CNN International

May 29, 2019

“Falls are a trifecta in terms of reasons why they need an increased focus. They are highly prevalent, cause a lot of damage, including death, and they are preventable,” said Geoffrey Hoffman, assistant professor of nursing, whose research shows that fall-related injuries are a major reason why seniors are readmitted to the hospital within a month after being discharged.

U.S. News & World Report

May 29, 2019

A study by Aliya Alimujiang, doctoral student in epidemiology at the School of Public Health, and colleagues suggests that having a sense of purpose in life lowers the risk of all causes of death after age 50: “There seems to be no downside to improving one’s life purpose, and there may be benefits.”


May 29, 2019

Research by Daniel Spratt, associate professor of radiation oncology, and Robert Dess, assistant professor of radiation oncology, debunks the myth that genetics plays a larger role than health disparities in risk of death from prostate cancer for black men. “Black men have similar outcomes to white men once they’re diagnosed with prostate cancer, when you account for differences in access to health care and receiving guideline-recommended treatment,” Spratt said.

NBC News

May 29, 2019

Shirli Kopelman, clinical professor of management and organizations, was quoted in a story about how being less eager and not embracing every opportunity can be advantageous in negotiations and career advancement: “Emphasizing the uniqueness of your resources and your collaborative approach can help you more quickly advance your goals.”

The New York Times

May 22, 2019

“The point is not what’s happened to this particular individual but (that) this is an example of what happens to transgender people interacting with the health care system,” said Daphna Stroumsa, clinical lecturer in obstetrics and gynecology, regarding a pregnant transgender man in labor whose severe abdominal pains were misdiagnosed.

The Associated Press

May 22, 2019

“The U.K.’s exit should make it less likely for other EU member states to leave, because Brexit is probably going to be a disaster for the U.K.,” said Donald Regan, professor of law and philosophy, who noted that Britain had always focused on the free-market aspects of the European Union rather than an “ever closer political union.”


May 22, 2019

“Many adults are not aware of what vaccines they actually need. That is also balanced by physician unawareness of what vaccines they should be recommending. It’s gotten very complicated, and it is difficult to keep up with all the changes,” said Pamela Rockwell, associate professor of family medicine.

National Public Radio

May 22, 2019

Eric Kort, assistant professor of climate and space sciences and engineering, says it’s crucial to understand why methane levels in the atmosphere have sharply increased since 2007: “Is atmospheric methane increasing as a consequence of climate change, not of our direct emissions? Are some thresholds being passed? It is a wicked problem, but it’s not unsolvable.”


May 22, 2019

“Many people may not realize they could help preserve brain health by managing their blood pressure and blood sugar, getting more physical activity and better sleep, and stopping smoking,” said Donovan Maust, assistant professor of psychiatry.