“Partisanship is now a very important part of the average citizens’ compass for determining how they feel about not just issues but about each other,” said Nicholas Valentino, professor of political science and research professor at ISR’s Center for Political Studies.
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Research by Lindsay Admon, clinical lecturer in obstetrics and gynecology, shows that black women have the highest risk of life-threatening birth complications in the United States — a 70-percent higher rate than whites for major birth problems.
Richard Primus, professor of law, says newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is unlikely to heed calls by critics to step aside from certain politically charged cases in which his fairness and independence might be questioned after a divisive confirmation fight: “For Kavanaugh to recuse would be for him to say, ‘Yes, I understand you don’t trust me … and I validate that concern.’ He’s not going to say that.”
“Using online social media to maintain contact with family members and friends is a good way to compensate for seniors who restrict their social activities due to pain. It is not going to replace seeing people in person, but it will help supplement their reduced activities,” said Shannon Ang, doctoral student in sociology.
Lisa Meeks, clinical lecturer in family medicine, says that by virtue of their own experiences, doctors with disabilities are better equipped to understand and empathize with patients, especially those with disabilities, and have prompted innovative thinking about how to provide care.
With the advent of social media, “envy is being taken to an extreme.” We are constantly bombarded by “photoshopped lives and that exerts a toll on us the likes of which we have never experienced in the history of our species. And it is not particularly pleasant,” said Ethan Kross, professor of psychology and faculty associate at the Institute for Social Research.
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Wang Zheng, professor of women’s studies and history, and research scientist at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, says China’s tight grip on freedom of information hasn’t stopped digitally savvy women from working to amplify #MeToo stories: “Thanks to the internet, and (virtual private networks), their minds are not constrained by the firewall.”
While a majority of Michiganders supports marijuana legalization, only 21 percent of local officials do — and it’s not just conservative leaders who account for the gap: “I think that’s a telling sign that these officials see a different side of the industry than most citizens do. It makes me think it’s not so much a cultural thing,” said Tom Ivacko, associate director of the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy.
“There’s going to be a backlash, but I don’t think she’s going to get totally Dixie Chicked. … She effectively avoids falling into a trap whereby her message could be reduced and dismissed as partisanship,” said Nadine Hubbs, professor of women’s studies and music, regarding pop singer Taylor Swift’s Instagram endorsement of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen of Tennessee.
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“One of the things I can tell you from the bottom of my heart is that we still have a long way to go. But I can also tell you we have also made a great deal of progress in the past three years. … We are a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community and we will continue to work to become even more so,” said Robert Sellers, vice provost for equity and inclusion, chief diversity officer, and professor of psychology and education.