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Greg Tewksbury named Assistant Director of ISR

July 29th, 2016

Greg Tewksbury, the former vice chancellor for business and finance for the University of Michigan-Flint, has been named Assistant Director of the Institute for Social Research (ISR). “I am delighted to welcome Greg into this important position,” said David Lam,…

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July consumer confidence: Improved finances and low interest rates support spending

July 29th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Consumers were a bit less optimistic in July than one month or one year ago, although consumer confidence remains at a reasonably high level, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. The recent decline was due…

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Teens who misuse pain meds are more likely to abuse drugs as adults

July 26th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—A new University of Michigan study about substance abuse confirms why parents should properly dispose of leftover prescription opioids. When teens use codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone and other prescription opioids for nonmedical purposes, they become at risk to develop a…

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U-M political science experts: no voter fraud in Austrian election

July 1st, 2016

A team of researchers at the University of Michigan’s Center Political Studies (CPS) says their Elections Forensics Toolkit shows no signs of voter fraud in the Austrian 2016 presidential election. The Constitutional Court of Austria issued an order today to…

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Tap into positive energy for a better workday

June 30th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—It’s no secret that feeling positive vibes from people you work with makes the job more enjoyable. But a new University of Michigan study shows a leader’s positive energy has a direct impact on productivity, absenteeism and commitment. People…

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Consumer spending keeps economy afloat in June

June 24th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Consumers were a bit less optimistic in June due to rising concerns about prospects for the economy, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. While no recession is anticipated, consumers increasingly expect a slower pace of…

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Article using ICPSR’s NCAA archive data explores influence of student-athlete identity on GPA

June 23rd, 2016

How student-athletes identify themselves directly influences their GPA, according to research findings published in the June edition of Social Science Quarterly. GPAs are “directly influenced by their athletic versus academic identity, the athletic context including the coach’s influence, and the…

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U-M conference to emphasize health science communication

June 13th, 2016

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT DATES: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., June 17, 2016; 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., June 18, 2016 EVENT: A two-day conference brings together scholars in health communication, information processing, decision making, and learning to formulate more effective ways to convey health research findings…

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Small talk: Electronic media keeping kids from communicating with parents

June 2nd, 2016

ANN ARBOR—It happens in many households. Kids are tapping on their cell phones or are preoccupied by their favorite TV show as their parents ask them a question or want them to do a chore. It’s not just teens caught…

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Consumer confidence rebounds in May: Renewed strength in personal finances

May 27th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment rebounded in May to its highest level in the last nine months. There have been only four times out of the last 110 monthly surveys that the Sentiment Index was higher, according to the University of Michigan…

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