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 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.

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  • A New Approach to Improving Firearms Safety

    Auto accidents and firearms are the leading causes of death for children and adolescents in the United States. But while the auto accidents number has largely trended down, thanks to research and safety measures, the same cannot be said for firearms deaths. In this episode, University of Michigan researchers Rebecca Cunningham and Marc Zimmerman talk about a new, national research effort underway, based at U-M, that takes an injury prevention approach to decreasing firearms deaths among children and teens.

  • Road Scholars tour connects U-M faculty with Michigan communities

    The Michigan Road Scholars tour is an annual week-long bus trip that connects University of Michigan faculty with people and communities throughout the state. In this episode, professors Bethany Hughes and Pamela Jagger talk about what they hope to learn from the tour, and how they think it could add to their teaching and research.

  • Building Public Engagement into the DNA of the new University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

    There’s more than just new displays on tap for visitors when the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History reopens April 14. The public will find many more ways to engage directly with scientists, researchers, and students. They’ll also discover opportunities to do their own investigations. In this episode, museum director Amy Harris and museum education director Kira Berman explain how public engagement is built into the core of the new museum.

  • A new research center looks to advance the prevention and treatment of concussions

    There’s been great advancement in the diagnosis, care, and prevention of concussions in recent years. But there are still unknowns about long-term effects and who is more prone to suffer them. In this episode, University of Michigan Biosciences Initiative grantee and School of Kinesiology professor Steven Broglio talks about how the Michigan Concussion Center aims to answer those questions. He also talks about how he sees contact sports evolving and how concussion research extends beyond athletics.

  • Building momentum for residential homes in Detroit

    There’s no shortage of development projects in Detroit, but that activity hasn’t been spread evenly around the city. In this episode, U-M Taubman College lecturer Kimberly Dowdell talks about her work redeveloping single-family homes in the city, and what she thinks it will take to build momentum for Detroit’s residential neighborhoods. She also talks about how her work informs her teaching.

  • Surveying transgender healthcare experiences

    Transgender people often face discrimination, but one of the areas where this can be subtle yet do more harm is in the healthcare setting. In this episode, University of Michigan researchers Shanna Kattari and Ashley Lacombe-Duncan talk about their studies on transgender experiences with  health professionals. They also talk about their goal of creating easily accessible information for healthcare providers to help better care for transgender patients.

  • Reduce chronic student absenteeism by addressing poverty

    School attendance is a major predictor of student success. Unfortunately, Michigan has the sixth-highest chronic absenteeism rate in the country. In this episode, University of Michigan Poverty Solutions researcher Jennifer Erb-Downward talks about the connection her research uncovered between poverty and student attendance. She also discusses ways educators can help these students improve attendance and succeed academically.

  • Examining slavery’s long shadow

    It was 400 years ago that the first Africans arrived in colonial Virginia, triggering the system of chattel slavery in America. In this episode, University of Michigan professor Earl Lewis talks about the long-lasting effects of slavery. Lewis, who heads the Center for Social Solutions, also discusses the center’s Slavery Initiative and the conversations it’s trying to spark.

  • The rise of three-generation households

    The number of kids living in a home with both parents and grandparents has nearly doubled in the last 20 years. Why does it matter? In this episode, University of Michigan professor Natasha Pilkauskas explains why finding out the reasons for this trend are important. She also says it should spark a rethinking of the way educational and social services are designed.

  • Michigan Minds Podcast: Do trigger warnings help?

    There’s a lot of debate about trigger warnings but far less research on whether they actually work as intended. University of Michigan PhD student Izzy Gainsburg talks about his study on trigger warnings and why more research is needed before setting policy on them.