“Dancers have fewer resources. The economics have limited us. And there’s this 19th-century notion of artistic genius, where the choreographer is supposed to be the person from which everything springs. Essentially the choreographer is the playwright and director,” said Clare Croft, associate professor of dance, in a story about how some choreographers are now collaborating with dance dramaturges.
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Jeremy Kress, professor of business law, said a potential merger of two large U.S. retail banks “would result in greater or more concentrated risks to U.S. financial stability. There is strong empirical evidence that the collapse of a combined BB&T-SunTrust would be worse for the economy than if both banks failed separately.”
Cynthia Chestek, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and electrical engineering and computer science, commented on research that demonstrates electrical activity in the brain can be decoded and used to synthesize speech: “Speech decoding is an exciting new frontier for brain-machine interfaces. And there is a subset of the population that has a really big use for this.”
Eric Schwartz, assistant professor of marketing, and colleagues are working on a plan to make publicly available all of the data and records of work that’s been done since Flint’s water crisis began: “Knowing that kind of information really should empower residents to really see what information is out there and what they ought to be doing about that if they still have lead lines right now.”
“The stakes are very high because in a very, very large number of states around the country there is no law that explicitly protects people against discrimination on a basis of their sexual orientation or identity. Michigan is one of those states,” said Sam Bagenstos, professor of law, on a U.S. Supreme Court case that originated in Michigan and will decide whether federal civil rights law prohibits discrimination against transgender people.
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Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, senior economist at the U-M Energy Institute, says increasing registration fees for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to help fund Michigan’s roads could limit their market growth: “I would be really discouraging any sort of tax that would disincentivize the purchase of EVs. If anything, we want to incentivize the demand.”
“Edibles are particularly risky because consumers don’t know how much THC they are getting, and it is harder to control compared to smoking. With edibles, you don’t know for an hour later, and then it is too late,” said Mark Osbeck, clinical professor of law, commenting on the health risk to consumers and potential litigation risks faced by companies that sell edible marijuana products.
“It’s not clear the FAA has the staffing or the expertise to independently confirm that the companies who say ‘trust us’ for the unmanned industry have really done due diligence to earn that,” said Ella Atkins, professor of aerospace engineering, and electrical engineering and computer science, regarding autonomous aircraft currently under development by several companies.
Meghan Duffy, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and her research on water fleas, or Daphnia, was the subject of a feature story. Daphnia keep freshwater clean by eating algae, yeasts and bacteria; maintain ecological balance; filter healthy waterways; act as a food source for amphibians, insects and fish; and may someday serve as antifungal medicines for wildlife, crops and people.
An average meal sourced from a grocery store is responsible for 33 percent more greenhouse gas emissions than an equivalent dish from meal kit delivery services Blue Apron and HelloFresh, according to research by doctoral student Brent Heard of the School of Environment and Sustainability and Shelie Miller, associate professor of environment and sustainability, and of civil and environmental engineering, and director of the Program in Environment.