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Affordable Care Act unlikely to push employers to drop health insurance coverage

October 14th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—In the race for the best workers, small firms have always been at a bit of a competitive disadvantage when it comes to benefits they can offer. The Affordable Care Act is expected to change that, said Helen Levy,…

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Landmark U-M effort measures sustainability culture on campus

October 14th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Most University of Michigan faculty, students and staff say they are committed to sustainability, but new survey results indicate significant room for improvement in sustainability behaviors, awareness, engagement and accountability. The survey findings are part of a U-M report…

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Policy uncertainty dims consumer confidence in September

September 30th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Confidence fell in September as consumers were more likely to anticipate a slower pace of economic growth, fewer job opportunities and less favorable personal financial prospects, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. Conducted by the…

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Susan Murphy wins 2013 MacArthur “genius” grant

September 25th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—A University of Michigan statistician who is poised to make a significant impact on the field of personalized medicine, an area of great activity in biomedical research, has been chosen one of 24 “exceptionally creative individuals” by the John…

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Stepfamilies add to caregiver burden: U-M study

September 24th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Caregiving is always tough, but it’s that much tougher when caregivers have to rely on family ties that are ambiguous, strained or virtually nonexistent, suggests a University of Michigan study. Published online this month in the Journal of Marriage and Family,…


Scientific data repositories issue call for change on funding models for data archives

September 19th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Representatives of 25 organizations that archive scientific data have released a Call for Action urging the creation of sustainable funding streams for domain repositories—data archives with close ties to scientific communities. The document was developed after a June meeting…

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Extreme binge drinking: How common is it among high school seniors?

September 16th, 2013

ANN ARBOR — A University of Michigan study published online in JAMA Pediatrics finds that ten percent of high school seniors have engaged in extreme binge drinking, drinking 10 or more alcoholic drinks in a single sitting. The study is…

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U-M study: Will companies drop health coverage because of Obamacare?

September 10th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Will 2014 mark the beginning of the end for employer-sponsored health insurance as we know it? Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, policy experts have debated that very question. Thomas Buchmueller, a business economics professor…

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Marvin Parnes named Managing Director of ISR

September 3rd, 2013

Marvin Parnes, who has been serving as Associate Vice President for Research in the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) at the University of Michigan, has been appointed Managing Director of the Institute for Social Research (ISR). “Marvin…

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Consumer confidence eases in August, reflecting economic cross-currents

August 30th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence eased in August after reaching its highest level in six years in the prior month, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.  Conducted by the U-M…

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