“If the shutdown continues much longer, workers may face lasting financial damage even if they ultimately receive retroactive pay. … The thousands of government employees should not find themselves fighting off creditors because our elected officials can’t stop fighting among themselves,” co-wrote Matthew Shapiro, professor of economics and research professor at the Institute for Social Research.
The New York Times
Substance abuse among the LGBTQ community is higher than previously thought, according to research by Carol Boyd, professor of nursing and women’s studies, and colleagues.
“Launching art projects like this with no commercial, scientific, or national security value seems unwise. Space is getting increasingly crowded,” said Patrick Seitzer, research professor emeritus of astronomy, on a Russian startup’s effort to bring billboard advertisements to low-Earth orbit using a grid of tissue box-sized satellites.
President Mark Schlissel wrote a letter to the editor explaining the importance, scope of duties and reasons for a range of positions that work to advance diversity at U-M: “Our work on diversity, equity and inclusion is motivated by our belief that diversity and academic excellence are inseparable. They cannot exist without each other.”
The Detroit News
Steven Ratner, professor of law, says the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul warrants an investigation by the United Nations: “(UN Secretary General António) Guterres has a chance to demonstrate his moral leadership in the face of the murder of an independent journalist and the importance of respect for key rules of the international order. … Now is the time for him to act, so we can finally find out the facts.”
The Washington Post
Sue Ashford, professor of management and organizations, says the gig economy is growing because it’s cheaper for companies to have contract labor than full-time employees, and technology is making it possible for more people to work from anywhere.
“There’s this narrative that blacks aren’t interested in the environment; how can you not be interested in the land you walk on, the air you breathe, the water you drink?” said Dorceta Taylor, professor of environmental sociology.
“There are plenty of unbalanced groups around, but I don’t know of too many others who are as unbalanced as his are who are aggressively promoting the fact that they are balanced,” said Adam Finkel, clinical professor of environmental health sciences, commenting on environmental risk assessment groups run by scientist Michael Dourson, who has a reputation for minimizing the risks of toxic chemicals.
“We know that it helps people generate energy. We know that it boosts mood. We know that it improves executive functioning and all the tasks associated with that — focus, creativity. There are so many positives that happen when you move. … I consider energy from taking care of yourself as essential fuel for the things that matter most in our lives,” said Michelle Segar, director of U-M’s Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center.
National Public Radio
“In economic terms, the new deal is not, in fact, better than the old one, but it may (only may) benefit U.S. workers to a small extent. I don’t see any way that it actually brings in money to our government,” said Alan Deardorff, professor of economics and public policy, referring to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.