The waning of American apartheid? Residential segregation declines in U.S. metros

September 1, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The ideal of equal housing opportunities is closer to becoming a reality in most major U.S. metro areas, according to a University of Michigan researcher. (more…)

Family planning: Federal program reduced births to poor women by nearly 30 percent

August 31, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Federal family planning programs reduced childbearing among poor women by as much as 29 percent, according to a new University of Michigan study. (more…)

Authors donate royalties to advance Survey Methodology

August 8, 2011

Professor Jim Lepkowski (left) and his fellow authors donated royalties from their survey methodology textbook to benefit student education and research, including the work of Charles Cannell Fund Award recipient Ashley Bowers (right). Survey methodology ­— the analysis of sources of error in...

George Alter to direct ISR Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

August 2, 2011

NEW: Read a profile of Alter, “George Alter: History from the bottom up” ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Historian George Alter has been appointed Director of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), part of the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research...

Cultivating Wisdom: U-M studies identify a promising way

July 12, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Adopting a psychologically distanced perspective enhances wisdom, according to a University of Michigan study just published online in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. (more…)

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...

Anger motivates people to vote, U-M study shows

June 7, 2011

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Though pundits and candidates suggest there is too much anger in politics, the emotion does have a potential benefit—it significantly motivates citizens to vote, according to a University of Michigan study. (more…)

Learning Secrets: Caplan at 80

June 7, 2011

There were points in Nate Caplan’s life when he didn’t know what he would become—a psychologist or an artist. He grew up during the depression outside Richmond, Virginia, with a sure drawing hand and a longing to leave the South. In 1951, after graduating from the University of North...

University of Michigan Institute for Social Research awards $137,000 in fellowships

June 7, 2011

The Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan recently awarded $137,000 in fellowships intended to support innovative social science research at the university.  

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,...

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