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Who are you? Squatters can actually help a neighborhood

August 23rd, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Squatters who illegally occupy vacant homes or buildings are not always contributing to apathy or social disorder, say University of Michigan researchers. It can actually be a good situation for a neighborhood to have these individuals move into abandoned…

The baby boy biting brown beads on a bed

Experts call for interdisciplinary study of childhood exposure to environmental contaminants

August 18th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—The recent public health crisis in Flint, Mich., underscores a need for scientists to better understand the relationship between environmental contaminants and child development, say researchers at The University of Michigan and their collaborators. In a paper published in…

African American man holding his chest.

Depression a strong predictor of heart disease in black, but not white, adults

August 11th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Symptoms of depression lead to a greater risk of heart disease in older black adults, but not in white adults, reports a new study from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (ISR). The study, published online in…

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Hubert M. Blalock Memorial Lecture Series Continues

August 4th, 2016

On August 4, in Angell Hall Auditorium D, a favorite part of the ICPSR Summer Program continues. The Hubert M. Blalock Memorial Lecture Series is held in honor of renowned sociologist and methodologist Hubert “Tad” M. Blalock, Jr., who died…

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Greg Tewksbury named Assistant Director of ISR

July 29th, 2016

Greg Tewksbury, the former vice chancellor for business and finance for the University of Michigan-Flint, has been named Assistant Director of the Institute for Social Research (ISR). “I am delighted to welcome Greg into this important position,” said David Lam,…

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July consumer confidence: Improved finances and low interest rates support spending

July 29th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Consumers were a bit less optimistic in July than one month or one year ago, although consumer confidence remains at a reasonably high level, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. The recent decline was due…

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Teens who misuse pain meds are more likely to abuse drugs as adults

July 26th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—A new University of Michigan study about substance abuse confirms why parents should properly dispose of leftover prescription opioids. When teens use codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone and other prescription opioids for nonmedical purposes, they become at risk to develop a…

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U-M political science experts: no voter fraud in Austrian election

July 1st, 2016

A team of researchers at the University of Michigan’s Center Political Studies (CPS) says their Elections Forensics Toolkit shows no signs of voter fraud in the Austrian 2016 presidential election. The Constitutional Court of Austria issued an order today to…

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Tap into positive energy for a better workday

June 30th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—It’s no secret that feeling positive vibes from people you work with makes the job more enjoyable. But a new University of Michigan study shows a leader’s positive energy has a direct impact on productivity, absenteeism and commitment. People…

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Consumer spending keeps economy afloat in June

June 24th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Consumers were a bit less optimistic in June due to rising concerns about prospects for the economy, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. While no recession is anticipated, consumers increasingly expect a slower pace of…

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