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ISR News Releases

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U-M project seeks to relieve hunger in West Africa

March 14th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Last fall’s harvest in the Sahel region of West Africa was the worst in nearly 30 years, and now a University of Michigan anthropologist who has studied the region for decades is working to save the people from…

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U-M Study: Egyptians want democracy, but not U.S. efforts to promote it

March 1st, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Egyptian trial of employees of four American groups that were promoting democracy was abruptly postponed earlier this week.  But the crisis in U.S.-Egyptian relations continues, for reasons, according to a University of Michigan researcher, that…

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Job growth maintains consumer confidence in February

February 24th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Confidence remained strong in February due to a record number of consumers who were aware of ongoing increases in jobs, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys…

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Psychiatric diagnoses: Why no one is satisfied

February 15th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—As the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is revised for the first time since 1994, controversy about psychiatric diagnosis is reaching a fever pitch.

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Consumer confidence improves in January due to job gains

January 27th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.— Consumer confidence continued to improve in January due to positive news about potential job gains, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.  The Surveys, conducted by…

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Expensive Egos: Narcissism has a higher health cost for men

January 24th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The personality trait narcissism may have an especially negative effect on the health of men, according to a recent study published in PLoS ONE.

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The Generation X Report: How young adults deal with influenza

January 24th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Only about one in five young adults in their late 30’s received a flu shot during the 2009-2010 swine flu epidemic, according to a University of Michigan report that details the behavior and attitudes of Generation X.

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Expert on the Arab Spring on the 1st anniversary of the Egyptian revolution

January 19th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—As the first anniversary of the Egyptian revolution approaches on Jan. 25, sociologist Mansoor Moaddel is available to discuss trends in religious, political and cultural values in Egypt and other Arab countries.

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Fred Conrad heads Michigan Program in Survey Methodology

January 19th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Cognitive psychologist Frederick Conrad has been appointed director of the University of Michigan Program in Survey Methodology, based at the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR). The Program is one of only three in the U.S. to provide…

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Decline in teen smoking resumes in 2011

January 10th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The 2011 national survey results from the Monitoring the Future study show decreases in teen smoking in all three grades under study—grades 8, 10, and 12. The proportion saying that they smoked at all in the prior 30…

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