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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  • Helping Children Exercise During COVID-19

    Rebecca Hasson, associate professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the Active Schools and Communities Core, discusses the new InPACT at Home initiative that helps children exercise at home during COVID-19.

  • How Data Helps Battle COVID-19

    In this episode of Michigan Minds, Emily Martin, PhD, MPH, professor of epidemiology at the U-M School of Public Health, discusses how governments and businesses use epidemiological data to make decisions about reopening safely following the COVID-19-related shutdowns. She also provides insight on how experts can measure the effectiveness of a COVID-19 vaccine when one is available.

  • How Racism-Related Stress Impacts the Health of African Americans

    What is the toll of racial discrimination on the mental and physical health of young African Americans? In this episode of Michigan Minds, Enrique W. Neblett, Jr., PhD, professor of health behavior and health education at the U-M School of Public Health and associate director of the Detroit Academic-Community Urban Research Center, discusses the negative impact of racism on health.

  • How COVID-19 is Impacting the Low-Wage Workforce

    In this episode of Michigan Minds, Marie-Anne Sanon Rosemberg, PhD, RN, assistant professor at the School of Nursing, discusses her research addressing health disparities among youth and adult working populations, and how COVID-19 is impacting the low-wage workforce.

  • How Political Conflict and Participation Address Issues of Inequality

    In this episode of Michigan Minds, Christian Davenport, professor of political science and faculty associate at the Center for Political Studies, shares his insights on the current protests and political participation for social movements, and discusses his research on how police respond to protests.

  • How COVID-19 is Impacting Detroit Residents

    When COVID-19 began spreading across Detroit, the Detroit Metro Area Communities Study (DMACS) project leads adjusted the strategy to begin studying the impact of the pandemic on Detroit residents. In this episode of Michigan Minds, Jeffrey Morenoff, Director of the Institute for Social Research Population Studies Center, explains the goals of DMACS and shares recent findings from the surveys on how Detroiters are experiencing the pandemic.

  • How Structural Racism Generates Health Disparities

    In this episode of Michigan Minds, Michael Esposito, research fellow at the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research, discusses how structural racism shapes health disparities and shares the findings of a study he conducted that shows police use-of-force is among the leading causes of death for young men of color in the US.

  • Exploring Social Movements in the Fight Against Racism

    In this episode of Michigan Minds, Matthew Countryman, associate professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, History and American Culture and chair of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, explores the 2020 demonstrations against systemic racism and police violence and how it compares to social movements throughout history.

  • Mental Health Services During COVID-19

    In this episode of Michigan Minds, Angela Beck, clinical assistant professor and assistant dean for student engagement and practice at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, discusses her research on the growing demand for mental health care services during and post-COVID-19 and how to best position the workforce to respond to the anticipated spike.

  • 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.