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ISR News Releases

Open Data Flint

Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center, a collaboration of UM-Flint, UM-Ann Arbor, MSU, and Flint community partners, introduces Open Data Flint project

September 28th, 2016

Attendees of the White House’s first Open Data Innovation Summit got a glimpse of a project on Wednesday (9/28/16) called Open Data Flint. Open Data Flint is an open-to-the-community data repository that aims to assist the community of Flint, Michigan…

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Compared with Europe, American teens have high rates of illicit drug use

September 23rd, 2016

ANN ARBOR—American youths in 10th grade have a high illicit drug use compared to their European counterparts, but have among the lowest rates of drinking and smoking, according to a new study. A 2015 survey of 15- and 16-year-olds in…

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Marijuana use remains on the rise among US college students, but narcotic drug use declines

September 8th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—The one drug that stands out as still increasing among college students is marijuana. According to the most recent national Monitoring the Future study, college student marijuana use continues its decade-long increase. The tables and figures associated with this…

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Consumer confidence in holding pattern in August

August 26th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Consumers were a bit less optimistic in August than one month or one year ago, although consumer confidence remains at a reasonably high level, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. Less favorable personal financial prospects…

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Who are you? Squatters can actually help a neighborhood

August 23rd, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Squatters who illegally occupy vacant homes or buildings are not always contributing to apathy or social disorder, say University of Michigan researchers. It can actually be a good situation for a neighborhood to have these individuals move into abandoned…

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Experts call for interdisciplinary study of childhood exposure to environmental contaminants

August 18th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—The recent public health crisis in Flint, Mich., underscores a need for scientists to better understand the relationship between environmental contaminants and child development, say researchers at The University of Michigan and their collaborators. In a paper published in…

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Depression a strong predictor of heart disease in black, but not white, adults

August 11th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Symptoms of depression lead to a greater risk of heart disease in older black adults, but not in white adults, reports a new study from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (ISR). The study, published online in…

Blalock Lectures

Hubert M. Blalock Memorial Lecture Series Continues

August 4th, 2016

On August 4, in Angell Hall Auditorium D, a favorite part of the ICPSR Summer Program continues. The Hubert M. Blalock Memorial Lecture Series is held in honor of renowned sociologist and methodologist Hubert “Tad” M. Blalock, Jr., who died…

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Greg Tewksbury named Assistant Director of ISR

July 29th, 2016

Greg Tewksbury, the former vice chancellor for business and finance for the University of Michigan-Flint, has been named Assistant Director of the Institute for Social Research (ISR). “I am delighted to welcome Greg into this important position,” said David Lam,…

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July consumer confidence: Improved finances and low interest rates support spending

July 29th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Consumers were a bit less optimistic in July than one month or one year ago, although consumer confidence remains at a reasonably high level, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. The recent decline was due…

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