Donor Profiles

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Closing the Circle: ISR Founder’s Daughter Finds an Unusual Way to Give

May 20th, 2015

Patricia Likert Pohlman has always been proud of her parents and her legacy. Sometimes that required speaking up. In the process of getting her Ph.D. in psychology from Ohio State and practicing as a counseling psychologist, it wasn’t unusual to…

Eugene and Martha Burnstein. Photo by Eva Menezes/ISR

The Polish connection: Eugene Burnstein secures a link

June 3rd, 2014

By Susan Rosegrant Eugene Burnstein’s parents were born in the once fluid border region of Poland and Ukraine. Although Burnstein, a social psychologist and senior research scientist emeritus at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (ISR), grew up…

Garth Taylor. Photo by Eva Menezes/ISR

Pickin’ and Givin’: The retirement of pollster Garth Taylor

January 21st, 2014

By Susan Rosegrant When Garth Taylor retired in 2010 from running a polling company in Chicago, he wanted to live life right. So, he explains, he devoted about a year to what Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir once called a…

Philip Converse

Philip Converse: Understanding the American Voter

September 11th, 2012

By Susan Rosegrant [Profile updated in April 2013] Jobs. Government corruption. Health care. Terrorism. Polls have shown these to be among the hot button issues for voters in the upcoming presidential election. But if the theories put forth more than 50…

Robert Marans

Robert Marans: Architect, Social Scientist, Planner…and Donor

July 18th, 2012

By Susan Rosegrant They say that eyes are the window to the soul. For Bob Marans, his office at the Institute for Social Research (ISR) is a window—if not to his soul—then at least to his heart and mind.