Hurricanes and oil spills could spell disaster for the Caribbean

by Bridget June 23, 2010

While Gulf Coast residents scramble to reinforce their property against an expected onslaught of summer hurricanes, concerns that the storms may be accompanied by oil spill debris present a new and unique challenge as Reuters recently reported. In Haiti and other parts of the Caribbean, relief workers are especially anxious.  Their actions are reminiscent of those made nearly a century ago by the Rockefeller Foundation’s pioneering medical campaigns in international health as detailed in University of Michigan Press new release Launching Global Health, by Steven Palmer.

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Q&A with Paul Gross, author of Extreme Michigan Weather

by University of Michigan Press June 2, 2010

Don’t like the weather in Michigan? Wait ten minutes. It’s an old joke, but one that shows how temperamental the weather in the Great Lakes State can be—and how much the residents enjoy talking about it. Paul Gross, a popular Detroit television meteorologist, shows readers exactly how extreme the weather in Michigan can be, from heat waves to bitter snows, ice storms to tornadoes, floods to high winds. He delves into the mysteries of extreme weather, explaining how the state’s harshest extremes and biggest storms come to be, helping readers to understand and truly appreciate what greets them when they […]

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Getting to Grassroots: Author Clarence Lang

by kris bishop September 17, 2009

by Clarence Lang, author of new release GRASSROOTS AT THE GATEWAY: CLASS POLITICS AND BLACK FREEDOM STRUGGLE IN ST. LOUIS, 1936-1975 “All scholarship is autobiographical.  I often wonder, then, whether my scholarly interest in the dynamics of class among African Americans stems from a desire to grapple with my own contradictions as someone from a working-class background who grabbed certain opportunities, squandered others, and in the process became a black middle-class professional who lives and works very differently from most African Americans. When I think of the experiences that may have contributed to my research, I can pull from the […]

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Q&A with Herbert Gans, author of Imagining America in 2033

by University of Michigan Press September 17, 2008

Herbert Gans is one of the most influential and prolific sociologists and social commentators of our time. He is the author of Imagining America in 2033: How the Country Put Itself Together after Bush. Part utopia, part realism, Imagining America is set mostly in the second and third decades of the century. It offers a set of progressive yet practical guidelines for restoring sanity and intelligence to nearly every aspect of life post-Bush. In Gans’s imagined future, elected officials, policymakers, activists, and citizens have transformed America into a much more humane and effective democracy. The book features three Democratic presidents; […]

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