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Consumer confidence withstands Boston bombing

May 1st, 2013

ANN ARBOR—The overall level of consumer confidence declined in April from March, but was identical to last April’s reading, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. The Surveys, conducted…

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Dramatic changes in global attitudes toward domestic violence

April 25th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Global attitudes about domestic violence have changed dramatically since 2000, according to a new University of Michigan study that analyzes data from 26 low- and middle-income countries. Nigeria had the largest change, with 65 percent of men and 52…

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Communicating science persuasively

April 23rd, 2013

By Susan Rosegrant Talking about science in a way that people can understand and use is not simple. According to Arthur “Skip” Lupia, scientists fail at this so routinely that many blame their audiences for not understanding the gems they…

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U-M partners with community to promote global entrepreneurship

April 23rd, 2013

ANN ARBOR—For the second year in a row, young entrepreneurs from the Middle East and North Africa are participating in month-long fellowships at the University of Michigan to learn first-hand how to build their businesses. The program, sponsored by the…

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ISR to host talk on communicating science to non-academics

April 16th, 2013

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT DATE:  2:30 – 3:30, April 23, 2013 EVENT:  “Communicating Science in Politicized Environments” is the title of a timely presentation by University of Michigan professor Arthur “Skip” Lupia, designed to help researchers learn how to talk about what…

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The bigger the group, the smaller the chance of interracial friendship

April 15th, 2013

ANN ARBOR — The larger the group, the smaller the chance of forming interracial friendships, according to a University of Michigan study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study, conducted by U-M researchers Siwei…

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Brain scans reveal first objective measure of physical pain

April 11th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—For the first time, scientists have identified how much pain people feel by looking at images of their brains. The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, may lead to the development of methods doctors can use…

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Study finds dementia care costs among highest of all diseases; comparable to cancer, heart disease

April 4th, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The costs of caring for people with dementia in the U.S. are comparable to – if not greater than – those for heart disease and cancer, according to new estimates by researchers at the University of…

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Consumer confidence continues to improve in March

April 1st, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence continued to improve in March due to more positive signs of expanding employment, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. The Surveys, conducted by the U-M…

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Beyond the ‘Arab Street’: Cutting-edge public opinion surveys in the Middle East

March 25th, 2013

The “Arab street” is a popular cliché used to describe what people are thinking in the Middle East. But it’s rarely clear how opinions are collected on this proverbial street. One thing is obvious: There is serious need for a…

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