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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…

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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.

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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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George Alter to direct ISR Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

August 2nd, 2011

NEW: Read a profile of Alter, “George Alter: History from the bottom up” ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Historian George Alter has been appointed Director of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), part of the University of Michigan Institute for…

Study illuminates the ‘pain’ of social rejection

March 25th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Physical pain and intense feelings of social rejection “hurt” in the same way, a new study shows.The study demonstrates that the same regions of the brain that become active in response to painful sensory experiences are activated during…

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Two U-M ISR studies named to NSF “Sensational 60” list

May 28th, 2010

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Two long-term studies conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) have been included in a National Science Foundation list of 60 scientific discoveries or advances that have had a major impact on…

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Burns reappointed Director of ISR Center for Political Studies

February 25th, 2010

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Nancy Burns has been re-appointed Director of the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR). A political scientist who has studied the reasons for gender differences in political participation, she…

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