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March 2017

Jan van den Bulck received the 2017 Senior Scholar Award in the Children, Adolescent and the Media Division from the International Communication Association

Elizabeth Moje was appointed dean at the U-M School of Education, effective March 1. She has served as interim dean since July 2016.  MORE->

Sioban Harlow was honored with the 2017 Sarah Goddard Power Award for commitment to women’s health from the U-M Academic Women’s Caucus.

February 2017

James S. Jackson among campus leaders featured in U-M video, “A True University: 200 Years of the University of Michigan.” Jackson says of the University’s history at its bicentennial: “The idea has always been that we could be first-rate in everything.”

January 2017

James S. Jackson received the Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science from the American Psychological Association in October 2016.

Robert Sellers was named the first U-M Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer.

Alison Stroud was the first recipient of ICPSR Staff Innovator of the Year Award.

Jukka Savolainen and Torjborn Skardhamar were awarded the American Society of
Crimonology’s Outstanding Contribution to Developmental and Life Course Criminology Award for their article, “Changes in criminal offending around the time of job entry: A study of employment and desistance.” published in Criminology in 2014.)

H. Luke Shaefer was named the inaugural director of Poverty Solutions, a new initiative launched by U-M to prevent and alleviate poverty.

Shinobu Kitayama received the Outstanding Achievement Award for Advancing Cultural Psychology from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and in January became editor for the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Personality and Social Psychology – Attitudes and Social Cognition Section.

Emerging Scholars: We Want You!

January 30, 2017

The Institute for Social Research (ISR) is seeking candidates for numerous fellowships and research awards for graduate students. The initiative is part of an ongoing effort to train the Next Generation of empirical social scientists by providing exceptional research opportunities. Last year, 56 awards were given to emerging scholars across campus and around the world. The awards totaled more than $250,000. More money will be awarded this year with the addition of the Jerald and Virginia Bachman Research Fellowship on Change in American Youth and the Angus Campbell Scholars Fund.

Because of its interdisciplinary nature, ISR has a unique role in the training of graduate students and providing opportunities for post-doctoral scholars and pre-tenure faculty at the university. Most of ISR’s fundraising effort has been devoted to creating research
opportunities for emerging scholars from various departments and colleges to work closely with the research faculty in both long-term and new research.

Visit the ISR Next Generation Fellowships and Research Awards website for more information.

Updated Cross-Cultural Survey Guidelines

January 30, 2017

First published in 2008, the Cross-Cultural Survey Guidelines have recently undergone a significant update and expansion. The guidelines provide information on best practices for the conduct of comparative survey research across cultures and countries.

The new edition includes over 800 pages of content with major updates and the expansion of all existing chapters, as well as the addition of new chapters on study design, study management, paradata, and statistical analysis. The guidelines cover all aspects of the survey life cycle and include the following chapters: Study Design and Organizational Structure; Study Management; Tenders, Bids and Contracts; Sample Design; Questionnaire Design; Adaptation; Translation; Instrument Technical Design; Interviewer Recruitment, Selection, and Training; Pretesting; Data Collection; Paradata and Other Auxiliary Data; Data Harmonization; Data Processing and Statistical Adjustment; Data Dissemination; Survey Quality and Ethical Considerations.

The guidelines are the product of an initiative of the International Workshop on Comparative Survey Design and Implementation. The initiative is led by the ISR Survey Research Center and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Survey Research and Methodology Program. The guidelines were developed to address gaps in the existing literature on the details of implementing surveys that are specifically designed for comparative research, including what aspects should be standardized and when local adaptation is appropriate. The intended audience for the guidelines includes researchers and survey practitioners planning or engaged in what are increasingly referred to as multinational, multiregional, or multicultural (3MC) surveys, although much of the material is also relevant for single country surveys.

More than 70 professionals from 35 organizations contributed to this effort. Tom W. Smith of NORC at the University of Chicago was the senior editor. For a complete list of contributors visit here.

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Kathleen O’Sullivan-Cook named ISR MHealthy Wellness Champion

OSullivan-Cook photoJanuary 30, 2017

In September, the Institute for Social Research (ISR) announced Kathleen O’Sullivan-Cook asISR MHealthy Wellness Champion. In this two-year volunteer position, she will lead efforts to create a healthier atmosphere within ISR through wellness education, support and events.

MHealthy, the University of Michigan’s (U-M) health and well-being program, helps those in theU-M community thrive through better health. Established in 2005, the program is managed byU-M’s human resources department, which assists in many ways, including the MHealthyWellness Champion appointment. The champion represents his or her department or organization within U-M and works with a MHealthy coordinator to foster a healthier work environment.

As MHealthy Wellness Champion for ISR, O’Sullivan-Cook will head a volunteer panel, also from ISR, to plan ways to encourage better health. It will implement an action plan over the next year and assess its effectiveness at the end, making changes as needed, before continuing fora second year. O’Sullivan-Cook, who works in Research Administration as a grants and contracts administrator intermediate, sees her role as a guide. “I’m excited to help my colleagues work toward their own health goals by providing information and easily accessible resources to encourage them on their way,” she says. “I’m looking forward to providing small tips and reminders that can help improve your day, like remembering to take little breaks to stretch and recharge.”

Co-workers encouraged O’Sullivan-Cook to apply to be MHealthy Wellness Champion because of her own success story and personal interest in health. “Five years ago, I decided to focus on myself, and I began researching nutrition and fitness,” she says. “I’ve since lost 100 pounds. I’m working on it every day, and I’m still incredibly motivated to keep going. Through this process,I’ve learned the importance — and the struggles — with keeping up a routine. I want to share what I’ve learned firsthand, as well as make other information readily available to anyone at ISR who is interested in making healthy changes in their life.”

The ISR action plan is under development, but O’Sullivan-Cook says she hopes to provide a few health education events throughout the year, as well as regular emails with tips for nutrition,exercise and mental health. She also says she’d like to offer incentives or rewards for those in the program. From her own experience, O’Sullivan-Cook knows support and encouragement are key for success. “Becoming healthy is about making a lifestyle change, and it’s helpful to live and work in environments that support your goals,” she says. “Once you have that in place,why not start making better choices today?”

More information about ISR’s MHealthy plan will be available in coming weeks. For further details about MHealthy, visit its website.