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Jerome Johnston

Jerome Johnston directs ISR Research Center for Group Dynamics

January 24th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Jerome Johnston has been appointed director of the Research Center for Group Dynamics, part of the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. “I am delighted to make this appointment. Jere has interesting new ideas for supporting junior faculty,…

Toni Antonucci

U-M’s Toni Antonucci to receive Distinguished Career Award

September 6th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—University of Michigan psychologist Toni Antonucci will receive the 2012 Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award from The Gerontological Society of America, the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. Antonucci is the associate vice…

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David Harding: Interrogating the truth of the American Dream

September 29th, 2011

Part of the fun—and challenge—of field research is coping with the odd curve ball. For sociologist David Harding, one episode in particular stands out. It was the summer of 2003, and Harding, then pursuing his doctorate in sociology and social…

Chinese woman smoking (Photo by Jorge Fernández Garcés)

The surprising truth about women smokers in China

September 20th, 2011

In the United States, more than one out of six women still smoke. And as in most Western countries, cigarette usage is concentrated among the young—those women aged 25 to 44. But according to a recent report by Albert Hermalin…

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George Alter: History from the bottom up

September 15th, 2011

George Alter doesn’t miss a beat when describing what he was like as a child. He clasps his hands, leans forward, and smiles slightly: “I was a nerdy kid before there were computers to be nerdy with,” he says.

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.…

George Alter

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…

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Nicky Newton: 2011 Libby Douvan Junior Scholar in Life Course Development

June 7th, 2011

Nicky Newton left her home and “a very grounded upbringing” in Christchurch, New Zealand, at 17 to study flute. Years of intense work, including study with the principal flute player of the Vienna Philharmonic, Wolfgang Schulz, eventually landed Newton a…

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Learning Secrets: Caplan at 80

June 7th, 2011

There were points in Nate Caplan’s life when he didn’t know what he would become—a psychologist or an artist. He grew up during the depression outside Richmond, Virginia, with a sure drawing hand and a longing to leave the South.…

Jon Miller: Director, CPS International Center for the Advancement of Scientific Literacy

April 6th, 2011

The idea that a majority of voters don’t understand pressing issues like stem cell research and climate change strikes Jon Miller as simply wrong. Miller, a research scientist who joined ISR in August 2010, believes that scientific literacy is fundamental…

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