Rebecca Haffajee, assistant professor of health management and policy, says the country may be at a breaking point where change is inevitable at the federal level regarding marijuana laws because so many states are in conflict with U.S. policy: “We’ve kind of reached a critical mass of acceptance. Generally, people either find a therapeutic benefit or enjoy the substance and want to do so without the fear of being a criminal for using it.”
The Associated Press / The New York Times
“Research demonstrates that men too face backlash when they don’t adhere to masculine gender stereotypes — when they show vulnerability, act nicer, display empathy, express sadness, exhibit modesty, and proclaim to be feminists. This is troubling not least because it discourages men from behaving in ways known to benefit their teams and their own careers,” wrote David Mayer, professor of management and organizations.
Harvard Business Review
“With global institutions for criminal accountability under attack from the White House and other heads of state, recent academic work offers insight for prosecutors, judges, policymakers and advocates working to fulfill the goal of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize recipients — to end the scourge of sexual violence against civilians during war,” co-wrote Ragnhild Nordås, assistant professor of political science.
The Washington Post
“We are so screwed it’s beyond what most of us can imagine. And depending how far you look into the future, it just gets worse,” said Aviv Ovadya, chief technologist at the U-M Center for Social Media Responsibility, regarding pernicious applications of neural networks that can manipulate all we see and how we think online and in social media.
“Reasonable doubt should acquit a criminal defendant, but it should eliminate a Supreme Court nominee. It is better that 10 qualified judges get rejected than let one criminal sit on the Supreme Court,” wrote Richard Hall, professor of public policy and political science.
Detroit Free Press
“Part of my job is to create a strong connection between the students and faculty and the library. Artists’ books are perfect for this because they represent a sweet spot between the things the students and faculty make (art, design) and the things the library has (books, information),” wrote Jamie Lausch Vander Broek, librarian for art and design at the U-M Library, on the acquisition of a bound book of 20 individually wrapped American cheese slices.
According to research led by Joshua Ehrlich, assistant professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, older white people with very impaired eyesight are more likely to use low-vision devices — magnifying lenses for reading, telescopes for distance vision and electronic options — that may improve independence, compared to elderly people in other racial and ethnic groups.
Marc Zimmerman, professor of public health and psychology, discussed his “Busy Streets” theory, which explores what it takes to cultivate a safe environment where communities can thrive, and where positive social interaction describes the neighborhood.
The Academic Minute
James Slavin, professor of climate and space sciences and engineering, and a lead investigator on NASA’s last mission to Mercury, was interviewed about this month’s launch of a new mission that will probe puzzles including Mercury’s skewed magnetic field, its overstuffed iron core, and strange lakelike depressions.
“It’s not about teaching kids what ideas to think or how to decide, it’s really about engaging them and looking at issues, looking at situations. Critical thinking, using evidence, evaluating bias. Those are skills that are useful today with the so-called fake news and the manipulation of information that we see. Those are skills that are the bedrock of civic engagement, being an informed citizen,” said Susan Santone, lecturer in education.