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Social media tapped for insights into economics, political communication, parenting

January 25th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—University of Michigan researchers will use Big Data from social media to gain new insights into economics and the way people communicate about parenting and politics under two recently funded research projects. The projects will assemble research teams with…

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Bad vibrations: Phantom phone alerts linked to cell phone dependency

January 24th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—You’ve probably felt or heard it before: a buzz in your pocket or a ding from your purse. You think a message has come to your phone, but when you look, the screen is blank. Researchers call these “phantom…

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U-M announces new initiatives and partnerships to help alleviate poverty

January 18th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) is proud to announce that H. Luke Shaefer, faculty associate in the Survey Research Center and Population Studies Center and associate professor of social work and public policy, will serve as…

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An Afternoon with Junot Díaz

January 17th, 2017

ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) presents award-winning author Junot Díaz on January 18 at 12 p.m. in Rackham Auditorium. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Díaz will speak about his bestselling…

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Medicaid expansion boosts Michigan’s economy and will more than pay for itself, U-M study finds

January 4th, 2017

ANN ARBOR — Michigan’s expansion of Medicaid health insurance coverage has boosted the state’s economy and budget, and will continue to do so for at least the next five years, according to a new University of Michigan study. The expansion’s…

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Consumer optimism surges in December

December 23rd, 2016

ANN ARBOR—As unexpected as Trump’s election, consumers expressed much more positive economic expectations following his victory. While the surge in confidence ended by mid-December, it nonetheless led to the highest level of the Sentiment Index since January 2004, according to…

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Teen use of any illicit drug other than marijuana at new low, same true for alcohol

December 13th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Teenagers’ use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco declined significantly in 2016 at rates that are at their lowest since the 1990s, a new national study showed. But University of Michigan researchers cautioned that while these developments are “trending in…

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Vaping, hookah use by US teens declines for first time

December 13th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Teens are lighting up less often when it comes to e-cigarettes and hookahs. A new study finds that the percentage of U.S. teens who vape declined in 2016—the first significant reversal of a rapid rise in adolescent vaping. The…

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Claudia Rankine’s Citizen

December 5th, 2016

ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) presents award-winning poet and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Claudia Rankine on January 16 at 4 p.m. in Rackham Auditorium. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Rankine will…

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Dementia on the downslide, especially among people with more education, study finds

November 21st, 2016

Positive brain health trend may cushion blow on society, but doesn’t lessen impact on individual patients and caregivers, U-M researchers say ANN ARBOR, MI — In a hopeful sign for the health of the nation’s brains, the percentage of American…

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