Nicky Newton: 2011 Libby Douvan Junior Scholar in Life Course Development

June 7, 2011

Nicky Newton left her home and “a very grounded upbringing” in Christchurch, New Zealand, at 17 to study flute. Years of intense work, including study with the principal flute player of the Vienna Philharmonic, Wolfgang Schulz, eventually landed Newton a job with the New Zealand Symphony...

Obama’s election reduced perceptions of racism, but boosted opposition to race-related policies

May 26, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Many Americans changed their perceptions of discrimination and racism after Barack Obama became the nation’s first black president. This belief that racial biases had softened, however, did not translate to positive feelings about policies that address racial disparities,...

African-American men who feel ‘in control’ are less likely to experience depressive symptoms

May 24, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—A new University of Michigan study found that African American men between the ages of 35 and 54 who experience discrimination also suffer from significant levels of depressive symptoms. (more…)

Persuasive speech: The way we, um, talk sways our listeners

May 16, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Want to convince someone to do something? A new University of Michigan study has some intriguing insights drawn from how we speak. (more…)

Air pollution near Michigan schools linked to poorer student health, academic performance

May 4, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Air pollution from industrial sources near Michigan public schools jeopardizes children’s health and academic success, according to a new study from University of Michigan researchers. (more…)

Working a lot in high school can short-change students’ future

April 11, 2011

High school students who work more than 15 hours a week during the school year may be short-changing their futures, risking long-term education and health. New research from the University of Michigan, tracking young adults through their 20s nationwide, suggests that long hours at a job during 12th...

2011 Miller Converse Lecture

April 11, 2011

U-M emeritus professor M. Kent Jennings, now a professor of political science at the University of California-Santa Barbara, greets Anne Barnes, the wife of long-time Michigan colleague and an emeritus professor Samuel H. Barnes, background, on Thursday, April 7, at a reception preceding the 2011...

Sasha Killewald: 2010 Marshall Weinberg Research Fellow

April 6, 2011

Housework—a domestic burden borne disproportionately by women—lies at the heart of many family conflicts. But despite its undeniable impact on family dynamics, housework hasn’t always been regarded as a topic worthy of research. “Everyone does housework, it’s so ordinary, we don’t...

John Garcia: Director, ICPSR Resource Center for Minority Data

April 6, 2011

As spring yard sales pop up where snow piles recently sat, you might notice a barrel-chested man with silvery hair and a quick slanting smile expertly evaluating the items on display. He’ll likely be decisive, but ready to stop if an interesting object—or comment—catches his attention. John...

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

April 6, 2011

The idea that a majority of voters don’t understand pressing issues like stem cell research and climate change strikes Jon Miller as simply wrong. Miller, a research scientist who joined ISR in August 2010, believes that scientific literacy is fundamental to a functioning democracy. “People...

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