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“Most supplements have little to no evidence that they work,” says Joseph J. Wakshlag, professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine. “I think people are looking for ways to make their dogs healthier since we perpetuate that dog food is not enough — when in reality it is.” 

Courtney McCluney, assistant professor of organizational behavior, discusses the harms of code switching in the workplace and the tyranny of culture fit in this podcast.  

“The depth and composition of each of Titan’s seas had already been measured, except for Titan’s largest sea, Kraken Mare — which not only has a great name but also contains about 80 percent of the moon’s surface liquids,” says Valerio Poggiali, research associate at the Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science and lead author of the paper on Kraken Mare’s depth measurements. 

Thomas Gilovich, professor of psychology, notes that social starvation amid the pandemic can make the anticipation for everyday purchases feel like the anticipation we typically reserved for bigger experiences. 

Facebook's decision "to cut off news in Australia is a demonstration of their raw technical power and their willingness to use it for their own ends,” says Drew Margolin, professor of communication.

Isaac Weisfuse, medical epidemiologist in the College of Veterinary Medicine, says, “We are entering a difficult phase of the pandemic because of the spread of a mutated virus that is easier to transmit and perhaps deadlier than earlier versions… The good news is that with increasing uptake of the vaccine, this phase may not be long lasting.” 

“We’re still dealing with structural inefficiencies,” says Saule Omarova, professor of law, citing the Robinhood episode. “Congress needs to be thinking about how the financial market is set up from the core out if we don’t want these things to happen.”

Jamila Michener, associate professor of government, discusses the pandemic’s effect on women in the workforce and focuses specifically on how Black and Latina women have been disproportionately affected. 

Steve Yale-Loehr, professor of immigration law, says a conviction for sexual assault of a minor typically qualifies as an “aggravated felony,” and that “such individuals remain immigration enforcement priorities.” 

“There is a new generation that's much more confident than before,” says Magnus Fiskesjö, associate professor of anthropology. “They are connected to everyone else [in the world] in a way that didn't happen before.”

Studies show transmission of coronavirus by food, frozen or otherwise, is negligible – "nothing has changed," says Martin Wiedmann, professor of food safety. "There is no reason to test foods, the risk is infinitesimally small, so essentially zero."

Louis Hyman, professor of Industrial and Labor Relations, writes this opinion piece arguing that most people remember and pay attention to the New Deal’s jobs programs. But “the low-cost government loans, ambitious housing insurance programs and tax subsidies” dwarf the impact of the jobs programs and “hold lessons for this year’s recovery.”