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From the Director

James Jackson  

Spring is always a season of great joy, and this spring, ISR has much to celebrate beyond the very welcome return of warmth and sunshine after a particularly difficult Michigan winter. I hope that you will plan to join us on the afternoon of June 21, 2011, as we gather to celebrate a major expansion of our Thompson Street building. As you know, an ARRA grant from the National Institutes of Health has helped to fund this important construction project. We’ll be providing more details about the event soon. Meanwhile, please save the date.

Other celebrations are being planned as well, with two ISR Centers -- the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and the Population Studies Center (PSC) -- celebrating their 50th anniversaries this fall.

You’ll find out more about these events, plus news about research and people, at our new ISR Sampler website. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. And you can watch ISR researchers on YouTube.



Rona Carter  
Jon Miller  
John Garcia  

Supporting the Next Generation

Rona Carter, Libby Douvan Junior Scholar in Life Course Development

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Photo credit: Eva Menezes



Jon Miller, Director, CPS International Center for the Advancement of Scientific Literacy



John Garcia, Director, ICPSR Resource Center for Minority Data

Photo credit: U-M Photo Services

Research News

research on global warming  

It’s all in a name: ‘Global warming’ vs. ‘Climate change’

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Many U.S. women have children by more than one man

Resolved to quit smoking? Brain scans reveal likely success

Long work hours hurt students.

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Miller-Converse Lecture  

The 2011 ISR Miller-Converse Lecture
Part of the U-M Dept. of Political Science Centennial

Photo credit: Eva Menezes


Save the Date

Celebrate the ISR Thompson expansion
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.
ISR, 426 Thompson Street
Ann Arbor, MI, 48106


In the News


Reuters Television, CBS News, USA Today, and many other news outlets carried reports on new research by ISR psychologist Ethan Kross and colleagues at Columbia University showing that the brain doesn’t distinguish between physical pain and the ache of a broken heart.

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Cloud computing is becoming down-to-earth, according to Bryan Beecher, ICPSR Director of Computer and Network Services. “What’s happening is definitely for real,” Beecher told the Detroit Free Press, in a March 20 article titled “Cloud computing: What it can do for you and your business.”



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