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April 19, 2019

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March 22, 2019

William Chey, professor of gastroenterology and nutritional sciences, and Eric Martens, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, were quoted in a story about fiber, a true superfood that nearly all Americans fail to get enough of in their diet. “Most doctors and people think all fiber is created equal,” Chey said. “But different types of fiber have different properties in the gut, especially as it pertains to the microbiome.”

Vox

March 22, 2019

Because of Michigan’s auto insurance laws, “legal car ownership is extremely difficult for the vast majority of Detroiters and thousands of low-income Michiganders, erecting a huge barrier in their paths to economic opportunity,” co-wrote Joshua Rivera, data and policy adviser at Poverty Solutions, and Pat Cooney, associate director of the Detroit Partnership on Economic Mobility for Poverty Solutions.

The Detroit Free Press

March 22, 2019

“The potential eviction of tribal, indigenous households from their traditional lands is an unethical act adversely affecting millions of impoverished people,” wrote Arun Agrawal, professor of environment and sustainability, on a Supreme Court case in India that pits individual household-based rights against communities’ rights to protect and manage their customary forests.

The Washington Post

March 21, 2019

While many parents recognize the intrinsic benefits of student participation in extracurricular activities, Sarah Clark, associate research scientist in pediatrics, worries many may be deterred if they don't believe there are other, tangible benefits — like getting into college: “I do think it contributes to some kids not necessarily having the same encouragement and opportunity to engage in some of these things.”

MarketWatch

March 21, 2019

Phoebe Ellsworth, professor emerita of law and psychology, says people who still support the death penalty are less fervent about it now: “It used to be that people who supported the death penalty would always check strongly agree or very much approve of it. Now, even the supporters are closer to the middle than they used to be. Those extreme values aren’t being endorsed anymore.”

TIME

March 21, 2019

(Editor’s note: The Record is republishing an amended version of this item to clarify the faculty member’s position.)

Emily Wilcox, assistant professor of modern Chinese studies, addressed Chinese dance history in an article investigating the U.S.-based performing arts group Shen Yun. The group claims to perform ancient Chinese dances to international audiences, but Wilcox disputes that assertion.

The New Yorker

March 21, 2019

Daniel Herbert, associate professor of film, television and media, was quoted in a story about Scarecrow, an iconic Seattle video store that has amassed more than 132,000 titles — many of them not available on the internet or anywhere else — but is beset by money woes.

The New York Times

March 20, 2019

(Editor’s note: This item has been amended from its original version to clarify the faculty member’s position.)

Emily Wilcox, assistant professor of modern Chinese studies, addressed Chinese dance history in an article investigating the U.S.-based performing arts group Shen Yun. The group claims to perform ancient Chinese dances to international audiences, but Wilcox disputes that assertion.

The New Yorker

March 20, 2019

“While federal reform efforts are important both for federal prisoners and because of the leadership role the federal government can play, only 12 percent of prisoners are in federal prisons. Truly wide-reaching national reform also requires the federal government to incentivize states and localities to change,” co-wrote Jeffrey Morenoff, professor of sociology and public policy and research professor at the Institute for Social Research.

The Hill

March 20, 2019

Research by Kyle Sheetz, resident in general surgery, and colleagues found that just because a flagship hospital gets good marks for patient care doesn't mean results will be equally good in affiliated hospitals in the same network: “For simple care in straightforward patients it may not make a difference. But if you’re having a heart operation or a colon removed for cancer, you want to talk to your doctor about it and ask the surgeon what kind of experience he has.”

Reuters

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