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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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Collateral damage: Mortgage crisis dampened zeal for stocks

August 28th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—While many American families lost their homes during the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis, the housing market crash also induced some of the decline in the stock market as investors sold equities and never went back, say University of Michigan…

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Jeffrey Morenoff named director of ISR Population Studies Center

August 20th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Jeffrey Morenoff has been appointed director of the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR). “Jeff is an exceptionally accomplished researcher who brings tremendous energy and passion to his leadership of the Center,”…

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Facebook use predicts declines in happiness, new study finds

August 14th, 2013

ANN ARBOR — Facebook use predicts declines in subjective well-being instead of enhancing it, a University of Michigan study shows.  The study is the first published research examining the influence of Facebook on how happy people are and how satisfied…

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Measures of Effective Teaching: A new look at how to evaluate teachers

August 14th, 2013

ANN ARBOR – One of the most extensive collections of videos showing teachers at work in the classroom will be available this fall at the University of Michigan to help researchers learn more about how to evaluate good teaching and…

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Smart enough to know better: Intelligence is not a remedy for racism

August 12th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Smart people are just as racist as their less intelligent peers, according to a University of Michigan study.  They’re just better at concealing their prejudice. “High-ability whites are less likely to report prejudiced attitudes and more likely to say…

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