Here are some of the recent achievements of ISR researchers:
- Arline T. Geronimus, ISR Population Studies Center, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors in health and medicine. New members are elected by active IOS members who consider major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health.
- Susan Murphy, ISR Survey Research Center, has been named a 2013 MacArthur Foundation Fellow. This prestigious award, with its no-strings attached stipend of $625,000, supports the work of “creative individuals with track records of achievement and the potential for even more significant contributions in the future.” Murphy is cited for her work developing new methods that evaluate treatment courses for chronic conditions and that allow researchers to test the efficacy of adaptive interventions in clinical trials.
- Susan Murphy, ISR Survey Research Center, presented a lecture on adaptive clinical therapies as part of the American Statistical Association’s celebration of the International Year of Statistics. Held as part of the Mathematical Association of America’s Carriage House Lecture Series (PDF), Murphy’s talk, titled “Getting SMART about Adapting Interventions”, explained how a randomized clinical trial design (Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trial or SMART) is being used to develop adaptive interventions or protocols that systematize the sequential decision-making that is key to effective treatment of health problems.
- Scott Page, ISR Center for Political Studies, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013 for his distinguished achievement and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. He will focus on how institutions – social, political, economic, formal and informal – influence the amount and types of diversity in behavior, predictive models, skills and interests that can be sustained. In addition, he will explore the consequences of that diversity – does it drive innovation, make for too much complexity, produce robustness? The research will involve long-time collaborators Lu Hong, Jenna Bednar and others.
- Frederick Conrad, ISR Survey Research Center and ISR Program in Survey Methodology Director, has received the AAPOR Mitofsky Innovators Award, which recognizes accomplishments in the field of public opinion and survey research that occurred in the past ten years, or that had their primary impact on the field during the past decade. Conrad won the award with collaborator Michael Schober, from the New School for Social Research, for their work on conversational interviewing, the clarification of question meaning, the interpretation of standardized language, and the application of human dialogue features to web surveys.
- Jacqui Smith, ISR Survey Research Center and ISR Research Center for Group Dynamics, has received the American Psychological Association Division 20 (Adult Development & Aging) Mentorship Award. This award is presented to an individual who has consistently provided support, guidance, and strong direction to undergraduate and graduate students in aging and adult development.
- Sheldon Danziger, ISR Population Studies Center, has been appointed president of The Russell Sage Foundation (RSF). Commenting on the appointment, current RSF president Eric Wanner said, “Sheldon’s strong commitment to rigorous social science research and its implications for policy will make him an excellent steward of the Foundation’s long tradition of working to strengthen social science and apply it more effectively to the analysis of social problems and the design of social policy.”
- Emily Falk, ISR Research Center for Group Dynamics, has received a 2012 National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award. This prestigious honor, which awards up to $1.5 million for five years, stimulates innovative research and supports promising new investigators. Falk’s research uses brain activity to forecast the success of large-scale health campaigns. She is one of two U-M researchers and among 51 total to receive the award, which was established in 2007.
- Anna Grzymala-Busse, ISR Center for Political Studies, has won the 2012 Alexander George Award. This award is given by the Qualitative Methods section of the American Political Science Association for the best article published during the past years. Grzymala-Busse’s winning article, published in Comparative Political Studies, was, “Time Will Tell? Temporality and the Analysis of Causal Mechanisms and Processes.”
- Lauren Hersch Nicholas, ISR Survey Research Center and ISR Population Studies Center, was elected a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). Academy members are recognized experts in Social Security and retirement security, Medicare and health coverage, workers’ compensation, private employee benefits, unemployment insurance, and related social assistance programs.
- James House, ISR Survey Research Center and ISR Population Studies Center, has been selected the University of Michigan Henry Russel Lecturer for 2013. The Henry Russel Lectureship is awarded each year to a U-M professor for exceptional achievements in research, scholarship or creative endeavors, and an outstanding record of teaching, mentoring and service. Read more about House and his March 2013 Russel Lecture.
- James S. Jackson, ISR Director, was elected 2013 president of the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA). COSSA is an advocacy group that promotes the social and behavioral sciences, serving as a bridge between the academic research community and the Washington policymaking community. Its members consist of more than 100 professional associations, scientific societies, universities, and research centers and institutes.
- Walter Mebane, ISR Center for Political Studies, was the co-winner, along with University of California at Berkeley’s Jas Sekhon, of the American Political Science Association 2012 award for the Best Statistical Software. Mebane and Sekhon won for a program they developed called GENOUD (GENetic Optimization Using Derivatives). The program combines evolutionary algorithm methods with a derivative-based (quasi-Newton) method to solve difficult optimization problems.
- Mary Beth Ofstedal, ISR Population Studies Center and ISR Survey Research Center, has received the 2012 Research Faculty Achievement Award from the University of Michigan’s Office of the Vice President for Research. Called an outstanding scientist, administrator and collaborator in the field of population aging, Ofstedal is respected for the originality of her research and the managerial skills she brings to ISR’s Health and Retirement Study.
- Toni Antonucci, ISR Survey Research Center, won the 2011 Robert L. Kahn Masterpiece Living Lifetime Achievement in Promoting Successful Aging Award. The award recognizes contributions to the propagation and application of principles of successful aging.
- Mick Couper, ISR Population Studies Center and ISR Survey Research Center, Reynolds Farley, ISR Population Studies Center, Maria Krysan, and Tyrone Forman have received the 2012 Oliver Cromwell Cox Award from ASA’s Racial and Ethnic Minorities Section. The award, which recognizes the best research article in the sociological study of race and ethnicity during the prior three years, is for their 2009 AJS article “Does Race Matter in Neighborhood Preferences?“
- Jacque Eccles, ISR Research Center for Group Dynamics, received the 2012 APA Division 7 “Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society.” Eccles also received the Shavelson Award for Life Time Contributions to the Study of the Self from the International Self Research Society based at the University of Sydney, Australia.
- Elisabeth Gerber and Vincent Hutchings, ISR Center for Political Studies, and Shinobu Kitayama, ISR Research Center for Group Dynamics, were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a prestigious society that recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in scholarly and professional fields.
- Carmen Green, ISR Research Center for Group Dynamics, has been named to the new Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee. Her research focuses on access to health and pain care, pain assessment, management and outcomes, minority and women’s health, clinician decision making and health policy. She also conducts studies on health and pain disparities due to age, race/ethnicity, gender, class and geography.
- Robert Groves, Director of the U.S. Census and Research Professor at the ISR Survey Research Center, was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Members of the organization are elected based on their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
- Myron Gutmann, Director of the Social, Behavioral and Economics Directorate at the National Science Foundation and ISR Research Professor, was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Gutmann served as Director of the ISR Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research from 2001 to 2009.
- Ronald Inglehart, ISR Center for Political Studies and ISR Population Studies Center, and Harvard University colleague Pippa Norris won the 2011 Johan Skytte Prize in political science, awarded annually by Sweden’s Skytte Foundation at Uppsala University for the most valuable contribution to political science. In making the award, the committee cited Inglehart’s and Norris’s “innovative ideas about the relevance and roots of political culture in a global context, transcending previous mainstream approaches of research.
- Jerome Johnston, ISR Research Center for Group Dynamics, received a 2011 Literacy Leadership Award from the National Coalition for Literacy, for his work on the U.S.A. Learns website, designed to help Spanish-speakers learn English. The awards are presented to recipients who have “made extraordinary contributions to improving literacy in the United States.” Watch a video about U.S.A. Learns and Johnston.
- Lloyd Johnston, ISR Survey Research Center, was named the Angus Campbell Collegiate Research Professor at the University of Michigan. He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). Johnston’s pioneering work in substance abuse and obesity prevention has been invaluable to educators, scientists and policy makers, including U.S. presidents and Congress. He directs Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of American Youth, and the Youth, Education and Society study. Read a profile of Johnston.
- Lauren Nicholas and David Weir, ISR Population Studies Center and ISR Survey Research Center, and Kenneth Langa and Theodore Iwashyna, ISR Survey Research Center, received the 2012 article-of-the-year award from Academy Health for their JAMA article “Regional Variation in the Association Between Advance Directives and End-of-Life Medicare.” The annual award recognizes the best scientific work that the fields of health services research and health policy have produced and published.
- Scott Page, ISR Center for Political Studies, was named a 2011 fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a prestigious society that recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in scholarly and professional fields.
- Sela Panapasa, ISR Research Center for Group Dynamics, received a 2011 Health Disparities Research Leadership Award as a result of her significant contributions to improving Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander health. The award was conferred Dec. 3, 2011, at the Sixth Annual Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Health Conference co-hosted by the New York University Center for the Study of Asian American Health and the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum.
- John Schulenberg, ISR Survey Research Center and ISR Population Studies Center, was elected President of the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA). SRA is the primary interdisciplinary professional organization for researchers who study adolescence, with over 1000 members in the US and worldwide with expertise in all aspects of adolescent development.
- Pamela Smock, ISR Population Studies Center Director, was elected to the Population Association of America Board of Directors. Her three-year term began in January 2012.
- Ted Brader, ISR Center for Political Studies, was awarded the 2009 Emerging Scholar Award for the Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior section of the American Political Science Association. The Emerging Scholar Award is awarded to the top scholar in the field who is within 10 years of her or his Ph.D.
- Anna Grzymala-Busse, ISR Center for Political Studies, was named (pdf) the Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professor of European and Eurasian Studies and Director of the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia at the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies. (Watch her inaugural lecture.)
- James House, ISR Survey Research Center and ISR Population Studies Center, was named a Visiting Scholar in Residence for 2010-2011 by The Russell Sage Foundation. House is working on a book on health and health care, exploring the potential for health care policies focused on improving population health, rather than cost, to ameliorate the U.S. health care crisis.
- James S. Jackson, Director of ISR, received the Academy Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Biomedical Science from the New York Academy of Medicine. Jackson is the first social scientist to receive this award, reflecting the expansion of social science research to include biometric and biological data, including genetic material.
- John Jackson, ISR Center for Political Studies, was named member of the first class of Fellows of the Society for Political Methodology. Selection “honors individuals who have made outstanding scholarly contributions to the development of political methodology, and whose methodological work has had a major international impact on subsequent scholarship in the field, in the discipline more broadly, and where appropriate in other areas.”
- Lloyd Johnston, ISR Survey Research Center, received the “Sir Alister McIntyre Distinguished Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Health Sciences” given by the University of the West Indies (UWI), University of Technology-Jamaica (UTech), and Northern Caribbean University (NCU). He also delivered the keynote lecture (PDF) on childhood obesity and substance abuse to the 17th Annual International Diabetes Conference, organized by the University Diabetes Outreach Programme (UDOP) in collaboration with UWI, UTech, NCU, the Jamaican National Council on Drug Abuse and the Diabetes Association of Jamaica.
- Sara Konrath, ISR Research Center for Group Dynamics, received the 2010 University of Michigan Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program outstanding research mentor award.
- David Lam, ISR Population Research Center, was installed as 2011 president of the Population Association of America, established in 1930 to promote the improvement, advancement and progress of the human race through research of problems related to human population. (Read about his presidential address at the PAA annual meeting.)
- Maggie Levenstein, ISR Survey Research Center, was elected President of the Business History Conference, an organization devoted to encouraging all aspects of research, writing, and teaching of business history and the environment in which business operates.
- Helen Levy, ISR Survey Research Center, was promoted to Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a private, non-profit research organization founded in 1920 and dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works.
- Nancy McGovern, ISR Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, was named a “Digital Preservation Pioneer” by the U.S. Library of Congress for exemplary work in collecting and preserving the nation’s digital heritage.
- Walter Mebane, ISR Center for Political Studies, was named member of the first class of Fellows of the Society for Political Methodology. Selection “honors individuals who have made outstanding scholarly contributions to the development of political methodology, and whose methodological work has had a major international impact on subsequent scholarship in the field, in the discipline more broadly, and where appropriate in other areas.”