• Milestone in movement: U-M research helps children with Down syndrome walk earlier

    ANN ARBOR—From Hartland to Sturgis, Grand Rapids to Gaylord, children born with Down syndrome are walking three to six months earlier, thanks to University of Michigan research that discovered just minutes a day on a tot-sized treadmill leads to the crucial life milestone.

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  • Brand Modi: Decoding social media engagement with celebrities

    ANN ARBOR—Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi engaged celebrities effectively on social media in the run-up to the 2014 general elections in India to raise his visibility and help his electoral ambitions, a new University of Michigan study shows. Joyojeet Pal, associate professor at the U-M School of Information, examined more than 9,000 tweets from @narendramodi Read more

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  • U-M professor’s new play explores Flint water crisis using voices of residents, scientists, politicians

    ANN ARBOR—A father missing his grown son. Two activists facing exhaustion and struggling to find hope. A demolition man from Los Angeles summoned to tear down abandoned houses. A pediatrician who treats children with lead poisoning. And an old-school barber concerned with the influx of hipsters looking for cheap rent. Residents, scientists, politicians—they all have Read more

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  • Past, present forces keep racial wealth gaps from closing

    ANN ARBOR—For every $100 a typical white family has in wealth, a typical black family has less than $10 in net worth. The racial wealth gap looks more like a chasm as many African-American families have been and continue to be pushed toward the bottom of the wealth distribution, according to a new University of Read more

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  • Raising tobacco purchase age to 21 would prevent thousands of premature deaths in Michigan

    ANN ARBOR—Restricting sales of tobacco products to people 21 and older could keep 11,000 Michiganders from starting to smoke, potentially avoiding premature deaths in two-thirds of that population, according to a University of Michigan study. The change would translate into 17,000 fewer smoking-related deaths and 198,000 fewer smokers in five years, according to U-M researchers Read more

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  • U-M ranked 4th for Peace Corps volunteers

    ANN ARBOR—With 63 volunteers around the world, the University of Michigan is ranked 4th among large universities for producing the most Peace Corps volunteers for 2019. U-M, which has made the Top Schools list every year since the ranking system began in 2001, is also the fourth all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers with 2,734 Read more

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  • Some US Muslims identify less as Americans due to negative media coverage

    ANN ARBOR—Negative media portrayals of Muslim Americans can have adverse effects on how they view themselves as citizens and their trust in the U.S. government. In fact, these effects may be stronger than the impact caused by personal discrimination, according to a new University of Michigan study published in the Journal of Communication. “There has Read more

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  • Consumer protection in an age of uncertainty

    EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT DATE: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, March 21; 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2019 EVENT: “Consumer Protection in an Age of Uncertainty” If you’ve ever applied for a mortgage, refinanced a student loan or used an app to pay bills, this free, public conference will have information for you. The two-day event will Read more

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