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ISR News Releases

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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U-M’s Toni Antonucci to receive Distinguished Career Award

September 6th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—University of Michigan psychologist Toni Antonucci will receive the 2012 Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award from The Gerontological Society of America, the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. Antonucci is the associate vice…

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Exceptional upward mobility in the U.S. is a myth, international studies show

September 5th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The rhetoric is relentless: America is a place of unparalleled opportunity, where hard work and determination can propel a child out of humble beginnings into the White House, or at least a mansion on a hill. But the…

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Consumer confidence improves slightly in August

September 4th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Consumer confidence improved slightly in August due to consumers’ more favorable evaluations of their present financial situations, 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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Why retire later? U-M experts show how to encourage longer careers

August 28th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—What if every U.S. worker got an automatic 10 percent pay raise at age 55?  According to a new University of Michigan study, most people would work quite a bit longer before they retired, to enjoy the extra…

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Chain of violence: Study shows impact on Palestinian and Israeli children

August 21st, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Children exposed to ethnic and political violence in the Middle East are more aggressive than other children, a new study shows.  And the younger children are, the more strongly they are affected, in a “chain of violence” that goes…

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