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ISR News Releases

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Obama’s election reduced perceptions of racism, but boosted opposition to race-related policies

May 26th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Many Americans changed their perceptions of discrimination and racism after Barack Obama became the nation’s first black president. This belief that racial biases had softened, however, did not translate to positive feelings about policies that address racial disparities,…

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African-American men who feel ‘in control’ are less likely to experience depressive symptoms

May 24th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—A new University of Michigan study found that African American men between the ages of 35 and 54 who experience discrimination also suffer from significant levels of depressive symptoms.

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Persuasive speech: The way we, um, talk sways our listeners

May 16th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Want to convince someone to do something? A new University of Michigan study has some intriguing insights drawn from how we speak.

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Air pollution near Michigan schools linked to poorer student health, academic performance

May 4th, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Air pollution from industrial sources near Michigan public schools jeopardizes children’s health and academic success, according to a new study from University of Michigan researchers.

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2011 Miller Converse Lecture

April 11th, 2011

U-M emeritus professor M. Kent Jennings, now a professor of political science at the University of California-Santa Barbara, greets Anne Barnes, the wife of long-time Michigan colleague and an emeritus professor Samuel H. Barnes, background, on Thursday, April 7, at…

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Working a lot in high school can short-change students’ future

April 11th, 2011

High school students who work more than 15 hours a week during the school year may be short-changing their futures, risking long-term education and health. New research from the University of Michigan, tracking young adults through their 20s nationwide, suggests…

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ICPSR and PSC: Celebrating 50 years

April 6th, 2011

ISR Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research The Next 50 Years: Innovation in a Data-Driven World October 5-7, 2011 – Ann Arbor – Launch of 50th Anniversary A series of exhibits and receptions will be held from November 2011…

Jon Miller: Director, CPS International Center for the Advancement of Scientific Literacy

April 6th, 2011

The idea that a majority of voters don’t understand pressing issues like stem cell research and climate change strikes Jon Miller as simply wrong. Miller, a research scientist who joined ISR in August 2010, believes that scientific literacy is fundamental…

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John Garcia: Director, ICPSR Resource Center for Minority Data

April 6th, 2011

As spring yard sales pop up where snow piles recently sat, you might notice a barrel-chested man with silvery hair and a quick slanting smile expertly evaluating the items on display. He’ll likely be decisive, but ready to stop if…

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Sasha Killewald: 2010 Marshall Weinberg Research Fellow

April 6th, 2011

Housework—a domestic burden borne disproportionately by women—lies at the heart of many family conflicts. But despite its undeniable impact on family dynamics, housework hasn’t always been regarded as a topic worthy of research. “Everyone does housework, it’s so ordinary, we…

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