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February 24, 2021 23 min
Riana Elyse Anderson, assistant professor in the School of Public Health, joins Michigan Minds to talk about health disparities in Black communities and how racism affects the mental health of African Americans.  

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In this episode of Michigan Minds, Earl Lewis, Thomas C. Holt Distinguished University Professor of History, Afro-American and African Studies, and Public Policy, and the founder and director of the Center for Social Solutions, discusses his research aiming to build on community-based partnerships to explore localized reparations solutions. As an American social historian, Lewis also explores the significance of Black History Month...
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In this episode of Michigan Minds, Dr. Erica Marsh, MD, MSCI, FACOG, associate professor at Michigan Medicine, discusses health care hesitancy among Black patients and medical professionals within the Black community and talks about the importance of examining issues of racial and ethnic disparities within health care. 

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In this episode of Michigan Minds, Lola Eniola-Adefeso, University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor of Chemical Engineering at the College of Engineering, discusses a paper she recently co-authored examining the disparities in health research funding between white and Black researchers of similar academic achievement and recommending how to eliminate the discrimination. 

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For 10 consecutive years, the University of Michigan has ranked number one in research volume among U.S. public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. In this episode of Michigan Minds, U-M Vice President for Research Rebecca Cunningham, discusses those metrics and the advancements they lead to, the Firearm Injury Prevention Research Initiative at U-M, and the importance of focusing on more participation among ...
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In this episode of Michigan Minds, Erin Cech, assistant professor in the department of sociology, explains her research examining cultural processes of inequality. She also explores the importance of studying inequities in STEM, and her recent research into the disparities that affect LGBTQ STEM professionals.

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Rada Mihalcea, professor of computer science, joins this episode of Michigan Minds to explain her research in natural language processing—a subfield of artificial intelligence‚ and what she feels are the best ways to encourage more women and girls to pursue work in STEM-related fields. 




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In this episode of Michigan Minds, mathematics professor Trachette Jackson, who is also a member of Michigan Medicine’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, explains the field of mathematical oncology and her work in developing data-driven mathematical models for cancer. Jackson also provides words of wisdom for women and girls interested in pursuing careers in STEM programs.

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In this episode of Michigan Minds, Monica Dus, assistant professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, discusses her research to understand why some foods make eating behaviors change and the podcast that she hosts to promote researchers and their work. As a part of the special series focusing on women in STEM programs, Dus also reveals some of the best ways to encourage more women to pursue work in ...

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In this episode of Michigan Minds, Julie Lumeng, assistant vice president for clinical and human subjects research and executive director of the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research, explores the importance of human-research activity and the studies she has conducted examining the development of eating behavior in children. Lumeng also shares advice to women and girls embarking on their own journeys into science fiel...
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In this episode of Michigan Minds, Pamela Raymond, Stephen S. Easter Collegiate Professor Emerita of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology in the College of Literature, Science, & the Arts, discusses her research investigating retinal stem cells in zebrafish to uncover properties of human neural stem cells. And because this episode is part of a series focusing on women in STEM, Raymond also talks about  her advocacy fo...
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In this episode of Michigan Minds, Angela Calabrese Barton and Leslie Rupert Herrenkohl, professors in science education and the learning sciences, discuss their research examining the information people learn about COVID-19 and how that information impacts the actions they take with respect to COVID-19 and justice-related concerns. 

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Libby Hemphill, Associate Professor on Information and Associate Director of the Center for Social Media Responsibility, joins Nikki Sunstrum, U-M Director of Social Media and Public Engagement, to discuss the role that social media played in the events that unfolded at the U.S. Capitol, including the implications of social media platform sanctions against President Donald Trump, their responsibility as gatekeepers of public inform...
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In this episode of Michigan Minds, Varna Kodoth, research assistant at the Center for Education of Women+, explains how she is working to enhance nontraditional student experiences in STEM programs.

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In this episode of Michigan Minds, senior research specialist and program manager at the Ford School of Public Policy and the Graham Sustainability Institute Sarah Mills, discusses her research examining the impacts of renewable energy on rural communities and how state and local policies affect whether communities can actually get renewable energy projects built.

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In this episode of Michigan Minds, Center for the Education of Women+ social worker Courtney Reid discusses how she helps members of the U-M community identify meaningful goals and utilize transferable skills to refine educational and professional pursuits.

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In this episode of Michigan Minds, assistant professor at the Ford School of Public Policy Kaitlin Raimi explains her research on how people compare their own beliefs and behaviors to those of others, specifically climate change and environmental behaviors. 

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In this episode of Michigan Minds, U-M Director of Debate Aaron Kall discusses how the debate team adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights their recent success at what is considered the fall semester’s ‘national debate championship.’

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In this episode of Michigan Minds, John Ayanian, MD, MPP, director of the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, explains the details of the case and explores possible outcomes as the public waits for a ruling to come in 2021. 

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In this episode of Michigan Minds, Rogério Meireles Pinto, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Social Work, discusses the significance of Transgender Awareness Week and explains his research to examine the health and structural challenges facing individuals in the transgender, and broader LBGTQ+ community.

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