The Michigan Minds Podcast

Michigan Minds brings to life the breadth and depth of faculty expertise at the University of Michigan. This series features quick yet informative analyses 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.

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  • Technology’s Role in the COVID-19 Pandemic

    From teaching college courses to hosting virtual dinners with family and friends, technology is playing a significant role in our lives right now. It’s how we work and learn, and how we are connecting with each other during a time when communities are instructed to stay at home to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. In this episode of Michigan Minds, Thomas Finholt, Dean and Professor of Information at the U-M School of Information, explains the impact of videoconferencing, social media, and data collection during a global pandemic.

  • School Resources Lost During COVID-19

    With schools closed for the remainder of the year due to the novel coronavirus, families are without many of the services and resources the schools normally provide. In this episode of Michigan Minds, Samantha Keppler, professor of technology and operations at Michigan Ross, discusses the other services schools provide beyond educating students.

  • How COVID-19 is Impacting the Student Achievement Gap

    In this episode of Michigan Minds, Pamela Davis-Kean, professor of psychology at the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and a research professor at the Institute for Social Research, explains that with schools closed, it falls to parents to provide learning opportunities for their children, but many families are unequipped to do so.

  • Poverty Solutions launches stimulus check website

    U-M Poverty Solutions wants to make sure Michiganders receive their stimulus payments as soon as possible, so they’ve created the Coronavirus Stimulus Payment website. In this episode of Michigan Minds, H. Luke Shaefer, director of Poverty Solutions and the Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professor of Social Justice and Social Policy, shares some of the important information on the new site.

  • Grocery shopping and food waste during the COVID-19 pandemic

    The COVID-19 pandemic has required many people to change their grocery shopping behaviors, which in turn has disrupted demand in the supply chain, according to Shelie Miller, associate professor at the U-M School for Environment and Sustainability and director of the U-M Program in the Environment. In this episode of Michigan Minds, Miller discusses how the shock in demand increases panic buying and how that impacts food waste.

  • COVID-19 and Drug Therapies

    Jonathan Sexton, U-M Center for Drug Repurposing lead and assistant professor of Internal Medicine at Michigan Medicine, explains how UM-CDR quickly reacted to the coronavirus outbreak and rapidly began identifying and screening drugs that could be effective as therapeutic interventions for COVID-19.

  • COVID-19 and Social Connections

    Normal routines around the world have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and one of the most significant areas of impact is the change in how people connect. In this episode of Michigan Minds, Marcus Collins, lecturer at Michigan Ross, discusses the impact COVID-19 is having on our social communications—from how people are connecting, to how brands have reacted, to how Collins is now interacting with his students.

  • Stress and Parenting During the Covid-19 Pandemic

    Shawna Lee, U-M associate professor of social work, is the lead author of a study that looked at stress and parenting during the coronavirus pandemic. Lee launched the online survey, with colleague Kaitlin Ward, on March 24, shortly after the White House implemented social distancing guidelines. Respondents to the survey self-reported on their parenting behaviors, economic situation, and overall well-being.  In this episode of Michigan Minds, Lee shares the details of the study and explains some of the findings and how they are interpreted.

  • Covid-19 and Social Infrastructure

    Along with residents of other states, Michiganders have been advised by state leadership to stay at home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. This means that people are not able to visit many of the places they typically frequent. Those social infrastructure sites where people gather, connect, and socialize are often called “third places”— locations outside the home and workplace that facilitate social interaction, community building, and social support. In this episode of Michigan Minds, Jessica Finlay, postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Social Research, explains how third places provide a social glue to society, and shares her thoughts on how the pandemic is impacting them.

  • Prisons and Social Distancing

    In this episode of Michigan Minds, Nora Krinitsky, director for the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP), discusses how the coronavirus may be impacting prisoners—both physically and emotionally—and explains why prisons might face difficulties trying to follow public health guidelines like social distancing.