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ISR News Releases

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Job slowdown in April halts growth in overall confidence

April 27th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Consumer confidence remained largely unchanged at improved levels in April as consumers were still hopeful about future job gains despite disappointing recent developments, according to economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.

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The Generation X Report: Food in the lives of GenXers

April 26th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Generation X adults prepare an average of 10 meals a week, and eat out or buy fast food an average of three times a week, according to a University of Michigan report that details the role food plays…

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Small ‘neural focus groups’ predict anti-smoking ad campaign success

April 25th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Brain scans of a small group of people can predict the actions of entire populations, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Michigan, the University of Oregon and the University of California at Los…

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Productivity? For Brady West it’s a slam dunk

April 18th, 2012

Brady West is the winner of the 2011-2012 Charles Cannell Fund in Survey Methodology.

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Lisa Marchiondo: Researching rudeness in the workplace

April 18th, 2012

Lisa Marchiondo is the winner of the 2011-2012 Robert Kahn Fellowship for the Scientific Study of Social Issues.

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Project readies video data on effective teaching

April 18th, 2012

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded U-M two grants totaling more than $4.7 million over four years.  Two ISR Centers – the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and the Survey Research Center (SRC) — are…

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ISR and the Truman/Dewey upset

April 18th, 2012

The two questions were tacked on at the last minute to a Survey Research Center (SRC) survey on foreign policy: “In the presidential elections next month, are you almost certain to vote, uncertain, or won’t you vote?” (If certain or…

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Christoph Nolte: Studying the economic tradeoffs of land conservation in Brazil

April 18th, 2012

Christoph Nolte is the winner of the 2012 Marshall Weinberg Population, Development, and Climate Change Fellowship, administered jointly by the School of Natural Resources and Environment and the Population Studies Center in the Institute for Social Research.

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Honors & Awards

April 18th, 2012

Here are some of the recent achievements of ISR researchers:

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Hidden costs of war: Middle East violence and its effect on children

April 18th, 2012

Wars have obvious victims. The dead, the injured. Those left behind. But there is another class of victims that often goes unnoticed: children.

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