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ISR Update, the online complement to the ISR Sampler, designed to keep you up to date on all the latest news about ISR research, events, and people

From the Director

James Jackson  

I hope that 2011 is shaping up to be an excellent year for each of you, as it is for us here at ISR. I also hope that you’ll enjoy this new issue of ISR Update, a publication designed to link our alumni and friends around the world to news and information about the ISR community.

Since its founding, ISR has been dedicated to training the Next Generation of empirical social scientists. While the federal government and foundations make grants to ISR faculty to conduct important research, the bulk of these funds cannot be used to support the independent work of emerging new scholars.

Thanks to generous donors, our endowment has increased from less than $3 million to more than $5 million in the last four years. In that time, we have made awards of almost $1.1 million to over 180 individuals. Most of these awards go to young researchers in a variety of colleges and departments at the University of Michigan. Reflecting ISR’s national and, indeed global reach, we now have supported scholars working on five continents.

We are now seeking proposals for our Next Generation Awards and look forward to informing you about the amazing winners in the coming months. Meanwhile, you can read about two of these extraordinary young scholars below.

To find out all the latest news about ISR events, research, and people, be sure to visit our website and our pages on Facebook and Twitter. You’ll also find ISR researchers on YouTube.



Adam Cobb  

Supporting the Next Generation

Adam Cobb, Robert Kahn Fellowship for the Scientific Study of Social Issues 


Lauren Nicholas, SRC Faculty Research Fellow

Research News


Men, women, and sleep: ISR study finds substantial gender differences in sleep interruptions

Learn more by watching the video.

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Pray Tell: Americans are stretching the truth about church attendance

Social costs of school success are highest for blacks, ISR study shows



In honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr:

What we can learn from Tuskegee and Guatemala


F. Thomas Juster Economic Behavior Research Award

Inspired by the work and spirit of Tom Juster, this newly established award is designed to support emerging scholars studying issues of social justice.

In the News


Marijuana smoking among US teens is on the rise, outpacing cigarette usage, according to the annual Monitoring the Future survey conducted by research scientist Lloyd Johnston. These and other findings were featured in radio and television spots across the country, and in news articles on sites ranging from USA Today to The Los Angeles Times.

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Racially segregated, high-crime neighborhoods can take an unexpected toll on residents’ health, according to a study by epidemiologist Vicki Freedman. The study, featured in the December 13 Medical News Today, showed that older men and women living in such neighborhoods—whether Black or white—are much more likely to develop cancer than older people in safer and less segregated neighborhoods, even after controlling for health and income levels.



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