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ISR News Releases

Sharing space: Proximity breeds collaboration

October 25th, 2012

ANN ARBOR—A new University of Michigan study shows that when researchers share a building, and especially a floor, the likelihood of forming new collaborations and obtaining funding increases dramatically. The findings have wide relevance to corporations, as well. “Our analyses…

New ICPSR project will improve metadata for two major national studies

October 23rd, 2012

Researchers will have access to improved metadata and new tools to search through and analyze the General Social Survey and the American National Election Studies under a new joint initiative launched by ICPSR, the independent research organization NORC at the…

The Generation X Report: How many Gen Xers know their cosmic address

October 23rd, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Less than half of Generation X adults can identify our home in the universe, a spiral galaxy, according to a University of Michigan report. “Knowing your cosmic address is not a necessary job skill, but it is an…

Project enhances open access to research data

October 2nd, 2012

ANN ARBOR — The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research are joining forces to encourage open access to research data and closer links…

$2.7 million U-M, WSU grant aims to improve African American health

October 2nd, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) and the Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology have won a $2.7 million grant renewal from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health…

Consumer confidence posts a significant gain in September

September 28th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Consumer confidence improved substantially in September due to more favorable prospects for the national economy, 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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High obesity and smoking rates among Pacific Islanders: U-M study

September 25th, 2012

  ANN ARBOR, Mich.—In the first study to detail the health of Pacific Islanders living in the U.S., University of Michigan researchers have found alarmingly high rates of obesity and smoking.  The preliminary findings are being presented today (August 24)…

New study analyzes why people are resistant to correcting misinformation, offers solutions

September 20th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Childhood vaccines do not cause autism. President Obama was born in the United States. Global warming is confirmed by science. And yet, many people believe claims to the contrary. In a study appearing in the current issue of…

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Emily Falk receives NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

September 13th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Emily Falk, a faculty associate at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR), has received the 2012 National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award. This prestigious honor, which awards up to $1.5 million for five…

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U-M Society 2030 consortium kicks off third year

September 11th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Society 2030, an innovative consortium bringing together University of Michigan researchers with corporate leaders to prepare for society’s changing age structure, kicks off its third year on September 19 with a meeting focusing on emerging assistive technologies, including…

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