Michigan Minds

Michigan Minds

Michigan Minds brings to life the breadth and depth of faculty expertise at the University of Michigan. This series features quick yet informative analysis that provides unique perspectives on today’s top issues. U-M faculty are among the world’s leading researchers and teachers across all disciplines. Michigan Minds taps that thought leadership and shares this expertise with the world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.... Show More

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September 23, 2020 13 min
In this episode of Michigan Minds, April Nellis, a doctoral candidate in the U-M Department of Mathematics, explains how she and a team of researchers have developed a mathematical model that allows public health officials to determine how various levels of lockdown affect both the economy and the mortality rate of COVID-19.

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In this episode of Michigan Minds, Lissa MacVean, a lecturer III in civil and environmental engineering, explains how she has been educating students in two of her graduate courses using the hybrid format—some students in-person and some participating synchronously via Zoom—and how she is continuously finding innovative ways to adjust the course format to be as engaging as possible.

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Pop-up testing through University Health Service quickly identified more than 220 negative COVID-19 results following concerns of a cluster developing on campus. In this episode of Michigan Minds, Lindsey Mortenson discusses the strategies used to bring testing to students.

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Thomas Finholt, dean of the University of Michigan School of Information, joins Nikki Sunstrum, Director of Social Media and Public Engagement at U-M, to discuss the hybrid semester at U-M, share experiences from those participating in classroom instruction and virtual learning, and  explore online influence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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September 18, 2020 18 min
In this episode of Michigan Minds, Terri Friedline, associate professor in the School of Social Work, explains her research on banking and finances—specifically how banks and the financial system create barriers and who they impact.

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In this episode of Michigan Minds, Natalie Tronson, associate professor of psychology, discusses how COVID-19 might increase risk of memory loss and cognitive decline.

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In this episode of Michigan Minds, Andrew Ault, Dow Corning Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, explains how COVID-19 spreads through aerosol transmissions and talks about reducing exposure risk on campus.

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The University of Michigan COVID-19 Community Sampling and Tracking Program is an opt-in, voluntary program to actively monitor levels of COVID-19 in the U-M community. Emily Martin, associate professor of epidemiology at the U-M School of Public Health, says one of the biggest benefits of doing community sample testing is gaining a systematic picture of what is going on with the disease in the community. 



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In this episode of Michigan Minds, Reshma Jagsi, Newman Family Professor and Deputy Chair in the Department of Radiation Oncology and Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, explores the gender difference in research authorship during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In this episode of Michigan Minds, Ravi Pendse, U-M Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, highlights how U-M prepared numerous technology resources for students, faculty, and staff the fall hybrid semester.

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F. DuBois Bowman, dean of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, says this semester will be vastly different for everyone. But he’s confident that the U-M community will still thrive, and advance the university’s mission by bringing some of the brightest students from around the world to learn from and engage with faculty experts and staff across campus—in person and virtually.

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Michael Barr, dean of the Ford School of Public Policy, wants everyone to keep in mind that while this won’t look like a typical fall semester, Ford School faculty are committed to delivering a first-rate policy education to all students in a safe and flexible manner.




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In this episode of Michigan Minds, Anne Curzan, dean of the U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, highlights the importance of higher education and explores the many innovative ways that LSA faculty are planning for interactive and impactful courses this fall.

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In this episode of Michigan Minds, Emily Martin, associate professor of epidemiology at the U-M School of Public Health, explains how the university established campus health response committees to prepare for the fall semester, and how U-M has partnered with the State of Michigan, the CDC, and other universities to identify best practices. She also discusses how public health data drives decision making and how she and her colleag...
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In this episode of Michigan Minds, Tammy Chang, an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Michigan Medicine, and N’dea Moore-Petinak, a doctoral candidate at the U-M School of Public Health, discuss the findings of the national poll they conducted that show active shooter drills in schools have a negative effect on students’ emotional health and yield questionable results.

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In this episode of Michigan Minds, Anita Gonzalez, an associate dean and professor of theater in the School of Music, Theater & Dance, explains how SMTD is preparing for a public health-informed fall semester with students participating in courses in-person and virtually.

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Poverty Solutions and the Center for Social Solutions recently announced the inaugural faculty grants competition to pursue action-based research aimed at ending systemic and institutional racism. Kristin Seefeldt, associate director of educational programs at Poverty Solutions, and Alford Young, Jr., Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Sociology, explain the grants program and application process in this episode of Michigan Minds.




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In this episode of Michigan Minds, Marcus Collins, marketing lecturer at the Ross School of Business, details how he has facilitated connections and found opportunities to broaden his network through remote settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Alec Gallimore, Robert J. Vlasic Dean of the U-M College of Engineering, shares his excitement for the fall semester, emphasizes the importance of following public health guidelines, and discusses the innovative ways that the College of Engineering is planning to provide the best educational opportunities for all learners this fall.

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In this episode of Michigan Minds, Shawna Lee, associate professor in the School of Social Work, explains how COVID-19 has impacted everyone differently and shares some ways faculty can recognize the toll it has taken on their students and colleagues.

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