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Reflections on emerging technologies, responsible innovation, communication, and risk, from University of Michigan Risk Science Center Director Andrew Maynard.

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Combatting Ebola: Beyond the hype
Combatting Ebola: Moving beyond the hype

As of October 19, over 9,000 cases of Ebola had been reported, with close to 5,000 deaths, almost exclusively in West ...

Five things worth knowing about ebola
Five things worth knowing about ebola

There’s something rather human about being scared of the ebola virus.  It’s a “bogeyman” virus – the stuff of nightmares; ...

Could playing sports on artificial turf be bad for your health?
Could playing sports on artificial turf be bad for your ...

Most artificial turf these days incorporates rubber granules formed from recycled tires. They make an effective and environmentally friendly playing ...

Engaged scientists on twitter
(Some of the) most engaged research scientists on Twitter

Science Magazine has just released an update of it’s list of Twitter’s most popular researchers – now expanded to “100 ...



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Combatting Ebola: Moving beyond the hype

October 24, 2014

As of October 19, over 9,000 cases of Ebola had been reported, with close to 5,000 deaths, almost exclusively in West Africa.  And while there have been success stories such as the elimination of Ebola infections from Nigeria and Senegal, the numbers of cases in vulnerable economies continues to grow. While Ebola is unlikely ...

Five things worth knowing about ebola

October 23, 2014

There’s something rather human about being scared of the ebola virus.  It’s a “bogeyman” virus – the stuff of nightmares; hovering in the shadows of our imagination like a half-glimpsed specter.  Like most imagined horrors though, the reality of ebola is much more mundane. The latest episode of Risk Bites takes ...

Risky tales: Talking with Seth Shostak at Big Picture Science

October 21, 2014

I had a roller coaster of an interview with Seth Shostak (Director of the Center for SETI Research and host of Big Picture Science) last week on risk and black swan events. I was poised to talk about rare but high impact events like a mega-eruption at Yellowstone National Park, or a ...

This is Environmental Health Science

October 17, 2014

We’ve just posted a new video about the University of Michigan Environmental Health Science department that I’m quite pleased with. It’s aimed at students who may be interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the environmental health sciences (and perhaps don’t know this yet!), but it’s also a great 30,000 foot introduction ...

Building trust between academics and journalists

October 13, 2014

As an academic, speaking with reporters can be nerve wracking.  The gut-wrench is palpable as you click on the article that follows, unsure of whether the person you spoke with has got it right, or created a train wreck with your name splattered all over it. Building trust Over the years, I’ve learnt ...

Ebola virus: Insights from University of Michigan Experts

October 12, 2014

Over the past several weeks, we’ve been posting articles on the ebola outbreak from University of Michigan experts. As concern continues to grow over the outbreak, we’ve collected these together on the Risk Science Center Ebola Virus Topic Page, and will continue to add to this as new articles are posted. Current articles include ...

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