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A screen shot of the user interface for the MET project

Project readies video data on effective teaching

April 18th, 2012

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded U-M two grants totaling more than $4.7 million over four years.  Two ISR Centers – the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and the Survey Research Center (SRC) — are…

Palestinian Bedouin boys from a marginal community outside Gaza City play as they look out of their courtyard gate Nov. 3, 2008, in Malalha in the Gaza Strip. Photo credit: Abid Katib/Getty Images

Hidden costs of war: Middle East violence and its effect on children

April 18th, 2012

Wars have obvious victims. The dead, the injured. Those left behind. But there is another class of victims that often goes unnoticed: children.

Benkí helps son Félix tackle homework. Photo courtesy of José Benkí.

ISR in the Community: En Nuestra Lengua

April 18th, 2012

José Benkí and Teresa Satterfield speak Spanish at home with their two boys. They read books in Spanish, fix dinner in Spanish, and play games in Spanish. But when Angel goes to preschool, and Felix goes to second grade, their…

An elderly couple sitting on a porch (Photo by Thinkstock)

Testing successful aging program with low-income seniors

April 11th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—With an $886,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation, researchers from the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research are conducting an innovative field experiment designed to improve the lives of older, lower-income people.

Nyoman Kerata

“Afflictions” films start Culture, Mind, and Brain conference

April 9th, 2012

Ethnographic filmmaker and anthropologist Robert Lemelson combines scholarship and cinema artistry in his acclaimed film series, “Afflictions.” This Friday afternoon, Lemelson will be screening two of the films in this series on campus at the start of the annual conference…

Hunger in West Africa (Photo by Kimberly Hoang)

U-M project seeks to relieve hunger in West Africa

March 14th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Last fall’s harvest in the Sahel region of West Africa was the worst in nearly 30 years, and now a University of Michigan anthropologist who has studied the region for decades is working to save the people from…

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Consumer confidence improves in January due to job gains

January 27th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.— Consumer confidence continued to improve in January due to positive news about potential job gains, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.  The Surveys, conducted by…

Egyptian Revolution (Photo by Mariam Soliman, available on Wikimedia Commons under a Creative Commons license.)

Expert on the Arab Spring on the 1st anniversary of the Egyptian revolution

January 19th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—As the first anniversary of the Egyptian revolution approaches on Jan. 25, sociologist Mansoor Moaddel is available to discuss trends in religious, political and cultural values in Egypt and other Arab countries.

Fred Conrad

Fred Conrad heads Michigan Program in Survey Methodology

January 19th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Cognitive psychologist Frederick Conrad has been appointed director of the University of Michigan Program in Survey Methodology, based at the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR). The Program is one of only three in the U.S. to provide…

Professor Jim Lepkowski (left) and his fellow authors donated royalties from their survey methodology textbook to benefit student education and research, including the work of Charles Cannell Fund Award recipient Ashley Bowers (right).

Authors donate royalties to advance Survey Methodology

August 8th, 2011

Survey methodology ­— the analysis of sources of error in surveys, including the bias and variability that affect data quality — has long been a field of study, but typically as an addendum to such concentrations as sociology or statistics.…

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