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University of Michigan Institute for Social Research 2012 Fellowships

July 17th, 2012

The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) recently awarded more than $250,000 in fellowships to 42 graduate students and researchers in its quest to support young scholars and innovative social science research.

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Consumer confidence falls among upper income households in June

July 2nd, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Consumer confidence posted a sizable loss in June, with most of the overall decline in how consumers viewed future prospects for the national economy, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of…

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Fractions are the key to math success, new study shows

June 18th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—What part of math success comes from knowing fractions? More than you might think, according to a new study that analyzed long-term data on more than 4,000 children from both the United States and the United Kingdom. Published…

Is American Science in Decline?

Global Science: U.S. is still in the game

June 14th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Globalization is a benefit to U.S. scientific achievement, not a threat. That’s the conclusion of a new book that weighs the evidence from a number of recent surveys to answer its title question: “Is American Science in Decline?”…

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Study shows that religious patriarchy promotes confidence about paternity

June 5th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Religious practices that strongly control female sexuality are more successful at promoting certainty about paternity, according to a study published in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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American teens are less likely than European teens to use cigarettes and alcohol, but more likely to use illicit drugs

June 1st, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The U.S. had the second-lowest proportion of students who used tobacco and alcohol compared to their counterparts in 36 European countries, a new report indicates.

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‘Monitoring the Future’ receives $35 million to continue for another five years

May 30th, 2012

“Monitoring the Future,” one of the largest and longest-running studies of American youth, as well as of college students and young adults, will receive a $35 million award to continue for another five years. “Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study…

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Gains in consumer confidence continue, depend on job growth

May 29th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Consumer confidence improved in each of the past nine monthly surveys, rising to its highest level this month since October 2007, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of…

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Religion is a potent force for cooperation and conflict, research shows

May 17th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.— Across history and cultures, religion increases trust within groups but also may increase conflict with other groups, according to an article in a special issue of Science.

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OMG! Texting ups truthfulness, new iPhone study suggests

May 16th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Text messaging is a surprisingly good way to get candid responses to sensitive questions, according to a new study to be presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research.

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