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ISR News Releases

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Trivellore Raghunathan named director of ISR Survey Research Center

April 15th, 2014

Trivellore Raghunathan has been appointed director of the Survey Research Center at the U-M Institute for Social Research. “I am very pleased to make this appointment, which has the strong and unanimous support of both SRC and ISR leadership,” said…

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Genes increase the stress of social disadvantage for some children

April 7th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Genes amplify the stress of harsh environments for some children, and magnify the advantage of supportive environments for other children, according to a study that’s one of the first to document how genes interacting with social environments affect biomarkers…

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Consumer confidence in March survives harsh winter

March 31st, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence has remained largely unchanged in the past three months despite the hard winter as well as a severe drought. Consumer finances were just as strong in March as in December 2013, and more importantly, consumers viewed their…

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Mentally challenging jobs may keep your mind sharp long after retirement

March 24th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—A mentally demanding job may stress you out today but can provide important benefits after you retire, according to a new study. “Based on data spanning 18 years, our study suggests that certain kinds of challenging jobs have the…

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Education, finances affect risk of heart disease more for women than men

March 19th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Low levels of education and financial assets have long been linked to increased risks of cardiovascular disease. But a new University of Michigan study shows that the association is much greater for middle-aged and older women than it is…

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U-M survey finds surprising attitudes toward energy costs, environmental impact

March 19th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Consumers, on average, believe home energy bills would have to nearly double before forcing them to make lifestyle changes to save on costs, according to a new University of Michigan survey. Conducted for the first time last fall, the…

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Weather freezes consumer confidence in place in February

March 3rd, 2014

ANN ARBOR—Despite the harsh winter, consumer confidence has remained essentially unchanged since December, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. Conducted by the U-M Institute for Social Research since 1946, the surveys monitor consumer attitudes and expectations.…

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Web surveys: ISR researchers contribute to emerging science

February 28th, 2014

Web surveys are everywhere, but their impact on the quality of survey data is unclear.  A recent conference at Harvard University, Measuring from a Distance: The Emerging Science of Internet-Based Survey Research, brought top researchers in the field together to…

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U-M researcher available to discuss new Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander National Health Interview Survey

February 20th, 2014

ANN ARBOR — University of Michigan researcher Sela Panapasa is available to discuss the significance of the National Health Interview Survey of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) peoples that started this month. “This is the first time in half…

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U-M China Data Center hosts most visiting scholars ever

February 20th, 2014

ANN ARBOR—The visiting scholars program at the University of Michigan China Data Center has accepted a record 16 participants in the current academic year. The center was founded in 1997 to advance the study and understanding of China, with a…

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