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February 19, 2024



Study shows burnout rate high among nurses in Michigan

Ninety-four percent of nurses in Michigan report emotional exhaustion, with younger nurses significantly more likely to report burnout than colleagues over 45, according to a School of Nursing survey. Its lead author said the survey is a call to action for “evidence-based, system-level interventions.”

Early sepsis detection tool may be cribbing doctors’ suspicions

Proprietary artificial intelligence software designed to be an early warning system for sepsis can’t differentiate high and low risk patients before they receive treatments, a U-M study has found. The Epic Sepsis Model is part of Epic’s electronic medical record software, which serves 54% of patients in the U.S.

Q&A: Would college athlete unions be effective?

The National Labor Relations Board recently ruled that men’s basketball players at Dartmouth College are school employees and ordered a union vote — a first for college sports. U-M sports economist Richard Paulsen discusses how unions might look for college athletes.


Photo of a stainless steel sculpture titled "Convergence."

This stainless steel sculpture by Jon Rush is on the Thompson Street side of the Institute for Social Research on Central Campus. By “inverting one ‘cage of triangles’ against the other,” Rush, a professor of art from 1962–2006, sought to symbolize ISR’s work in the study of social change. The Record periodically highlights pieces of public art at U-M. Browse an online list of public artworks at U-M.



Feb. 20

Know Thyself

The Importance of Vision in Museum Leadership, with Neil Barclay, president and CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 5:30-7 p.m., U-M Museum of Art, Auditorium

Feb. 20

Demystifying Doxxing

Panel discussion with Sarita Schoenebeck Douglas E. Lewis, 6-7:30 p.m., Trotter Multicultural Center

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“They are to be used in times of crisis when someone is suicidal or when someone is actively at risk of harming someone else. They are not going to affect law-abiding firearm owners who are not in danger of harming themselves or others,” said April Zeoli, associate professor of public health and policy core director at the Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention, about Michigan’s new red flag law that allows judges to remove guns from someone believed to be dangerous.

WWJ Radio

April Zeoli

“Biden’s messaging that the economy is doing well under him hasn’t convinced many people. Despite his repeated statements and despite government numbers that support him, he hasn’t moved the disapproval needle,” said Erik Gordon, clinical assistant professor of business.

Financial Times

Headshot of Erik Gordon

Despite the release of two new Alzheimer’s drugs since 2021, “dementia is going to be with us for the foreseeable future, even with these potential breakthroughs,” said Kenneth Langa, professor of internal medicine, and health management and policy. “It’s going to get harder and harder as the numbers go up. We need to figure this out.”

National Geographic

Kenneth Langa



A photo of Alexa White

Supporting environmental justice

Alexa White, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, investigates sustainable agriculture and has earned recognition for her wider efforts in support of environmental justice.

Public Affairs

The Office of Public Affairs is the university’s designated central voice in crisis communications.

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