Research by Jessica Moorman, doctoral student in communication studies, found that preschoolers who spend more time watching television, playing video games or using computers get less sleep — especially if they're sneaky about their technology use at bedtime.
"One nice thing is that's going to translate into increases in real purchasing power. So even adjusting for inflation, we're going to start to see healthier increases in wages and incomes," said Gabriel Ehrlich, director of the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics, commenting on his forecast for a steadily improving Michigan economy.
Research by Amiyatosh Purnanandam, professor of finance, suggests that high levels of predatory lending in poor neighborhoods can be linked to rules like the Community Reinvestment Act that focus more on quantity of loans than quality of service.
Nilton Renno, professor of climate and space sciences and engineering, says recent research makes a strong case for the presence of ice blocks a few feet below the surface of Mars, but further confirmation is needed.
Reuven Avi-Yonah, professor of law, was quoted in a story about how a loophole in the new U.S. tax law could allow multinational corporations to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes on profits stashed overseas.
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A new kind of artificial cartilage that could alleviate joint pain and potentially spare many people from having to undergo joint replacement surgery is being developed by Nicholas Kotov, professor of chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, materials science and engineering, and macromolecular science and engineering, and his colleagues.
"My intuition is that the problem is at least as bad in medicine as elsewhere. And the data show that the problem for female physicians is certainly bad enough that the profession must work together to correct it," said Reshma Jagsi, professor of radiation oncology and director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, regarding sexual harassment and inequality in the medical field.
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"Wal-Mart would have had to go to at least $11 in many markets in order to retain reliable employees. The tax cut made it easier for the company to swallow," said Erik Gordon, clinical assistant professor of business, commenting on the retailer's recent announcement to boost the minimum wage for its U.S. employees.
Sexual harassment and assault is not always about sexual desire, but often about "the exploitative power-driven use of sexuality" — made worse by the inequality of women in the workforce, said Anna Kirkland, director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and professor of women's studies.
Barry Fishman, professor of education and information, and Mika LaVaque-Manty, associate professor of political science and philosophy, were featured in a story about an innovative, game-based grading system they use to motivate students.
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