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ISR News Releases

Benkí helps son Félix tackle homework. Photo courtesy of José Benkí.

ISR in the Community: En Nuestra Lengua

April 18th, 2012

José Benkí and Teresa Satterfield speak Spanish at home with their two boys. They read books in Spanish, fix dinner in Spanish, and play games in Spanish. But when Angel goes to preschool, and Felix goes to second grade, their…

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Testing successful aging program with low-income seniors

April 11th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—With an $886,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation, researchers from the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research are conducting an innovative field experiment designed to improve the lives of older, lower-income people.

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“Afflictions” films start Culture, Mind, and Brain conference

April 9th, 2012

Ethnographic filmmaker and anthropologist Robert Lemelson combines scholarship and cinema artistry in his acclaimed film series, “Afflictions.” This Friday afternoon, Lemelson will be screening two of the films in this series on campus at the start of the annual conference…

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Consumer confidence edges upward in March

April 2nd, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.–Consumer confidence edged upward as more favorable income and job trends offset rising gas prices, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin, director of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.  The Surveys, conducted by the…

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U-M Health & Retirement Study adds genetic data to NIH database

March 27th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study, a 20-year nationwide survey of the health, economic, and social status of older Americans conducted by the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR), has added genetic information from 12,500 consenting…

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U-M study: Parsing the pill’s impact on women’s wages

March 26th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Although women continue to lag behind men in pay, the gender wage gap has narrowed considerably since the 1960s. Now a new University of Michigan study is the first to quantify the impact of the pill on women’s…

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Teachers, parents trump peers in keeping teens engaged in school

March 20th, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Teachers and parents matter more than peers in keeping adolescents engaged in school, according to a new study that counters the widespread belief that peers matter most in the lives of adolescents.

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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…

Protesters gather in Tahrir Square on election day, 12/02/2011. Photo by Muhammad Moneib (mmoneib), available on Flickr under a Creative Commons license. Click image for higher resolution.

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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