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Sport Sciences - Business/Economics
22.02.2017
What video gamers can teach us about customer engagement
ANN ARBOR?Customer engagement is one of those buzzwords that's often talked about, difficult to define and even harder to measure. But it's critical to figure out for makers of video games, who operate in a noisy, crowded and competitive industry. Researchers at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business obtained player data for a popular first-person shooter game and built a model that measured customer engagement based on game play.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Social Sciences
21.02.2017
Unintended pregnancy: A new conversation is needed
ANN ARBOR?Contrary to prevailing thought, first-time mothers who receive more educational advantages at an early age are more likely to have their first birth result from an unintended pregnancy, a new University of Michigan study found.
Chemistry
21.02.2017
Stabilizing battery storage
ANN ARBOR'An issue that has long plagued renewable energy facilities is how to efficiently store energy collected from sun or wind. Now, University of Michigan and University of Utah chemists have developed an energy-storing molecule that is 1,000 times more stable than current compounds, potentially leading to a longer-lived, more efficient battery.
Psychology - Medicine/Pharmacology
20.02.2017
Discrimination impacts psychological distress for Arab-American men
ANN ARBOR'Acts of discrimination against Arab-Americans are associated with psychological stress, with an impact 4-5 times larger for men than women, a University of Michigan researcher has found.
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
16.02.2017
’Resurrecting’ tiny lake-dwelling animals to study evolutionary responses to pollution
ANN ARBOR'A University of Michigan biologist combined the techniques of "resurrection ecology" with the study of dated lake sediments to examine evolutionary responses to heavy-metal contamination over the past 75 years. To accomplish this, Mary Rogalski hatched long-dormant eggs of Daphnia, tiny freshwater crustaceans also known as water fleas, that accumulated in the lake sediments over time.
Literature/Linguistics
16.02.2017
National Fair Use Week: U-M copyright experts discuss ’top 5 things you should know’
ANN ARBOR'Have you ever forwarded photos taken by a friend to another friend, watched a clip from a television show on Facebook or quoted from a published work in a research paper?
Literature/Linguistics - History/Archeology
15.02.2017
’Chicana Fotos’ exhibition highlights civil rights struggles
FACULTY Q&A For the past seven years, University of Michigan professor Maria Cotera has been documenting the work of Chicana and Latina artists, writers and organizers who were active in civil ri
Earth Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
15.02.2017
How an Ice Age paradox could inform sea level rise predictions
ANN ARBOR'New findings from the University of Michigan explain an Ice Age paradox and add to the mounting evidence that climate change could bring higher seas than most models predict.
Pedagogy/Education Science
14.02.2017
Drinking rates highest among college kids
ANN ARBOR?During a bout of high-intensity drinking, a person might drink 10 or more drinks, and a recent University of Michigan Institute for Social Research study has found that this kind of drinking is reported mostly among college students. About 24 percent of respondents aged 19 and 20 reported drinking five or more drinks on a single occasion, 10 percent reported drinking 10 or more, and 4 percent reported drinking 15 or more on a single occasion in the last two weeks.
Earth Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
14.02.2017
New methods further discern extreme fluctuations in forage fish populations
New methods further discern extreme fluctuations in forage fish populations
ANN ARBOR?California sardine stocks famously crashed in John Steinbeck's "Cannery Row." New research, building on previous since the late 1960s, shows in greater detail that such forage fish stocks have undergone boom-bust cycles for centuries, with at least three species off the U.S. West Coast repeatedly experiencing steep population increases followed by declines long before commercial fishing began.
Administration/Government
14.02.2017
Vehicle ownership on the rise again
ANN ARBOR'While the rate of ownership of cars and light trucks has steadily declined since its peak a decade ago, it is starting to climb, says a University of Michigan researcher.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
13.02.2017
Diabetes in your DNA? Scientists zero in on the genetic signature of risk
ANN ARBOR'Why do some people get type 2 diabetes, while others who live the same lifestyle never do? For decades, scientists have tried to solve this mystery'and have found more than 80 tiny DNA diffe
Politics - Business/Economics
09.02.2017
U-M professor's project encourages artists, curators to intervene in capitalism using eBay
U-M professor’s project encourages artists, curators to intervene in capitalism using eBay
FACULTY Q&A ANN ARBOR?Rebekah Modrak, associate professor at the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design, has spent many years exploring interests in shared concerns between art and commerce'each involving questions of labor, production and distribution.
Careers/Employment - Business/Economics
08.02.2017
Locked in: Noncompetes dent wages, mobility
ANN ARBOR'High-tech employees working in states that enforce noncompete agreements suffer for it in lower wages and reduced job mobility.
Environment/Sustainable Development
08.02.2017
Vehicle fuel economy rose in January
ANN ARBOR'Gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. ticked upward last month, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
Social Sciences
07.02.2017
Teens who vape at increased risk for future cigarette smoking
Teens who vape at increased risk for future cigarette smoking
ANN ARBOR'Among high school seniors who have never smoked a cigarette, those who vape are more than four times more likely to smoke a cigarette in the following year than their peers who do not vape. Part of the reason vaping may be associated with future smoking is that it changes teens' perceptions of the risks of smoking, according to a new University of Michigan study.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
07.02.2017
Electricity costs: A new way they'll surge in a warming world
Electricity costs: A new way they’ll surge in a warming world
ANN ARBOR?Climate change is likely to increase U.S. electricity costs over the next century by billions of dollars more than economists previously forecast, according to a new study involving a University of Michigan researcher.
Politics
07.02.2017
Hack my car? Most believe it can happen
ANN ARBOR'Most Americans have some concerns that self-driving cars can be hacked to cause crashes, disable the vehicle in some way or even be used as weapons by terrorists, according to researchers at the University of Michigan.
Life Sciences - Social Sciences
06.02.2017
The end of downtime: Most people use their cell phones to fill waiting spaces
ANN ARBOR'When queued up for an event, to buy a latte or waiting for a bus, most people whip out their phones to pass the time'most often within seconds of arriving. Daniel Kruger of the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research was curious about how quickly people used their phones while passing the time waiting.
Media - Event
01.02.2017
Journalists behind Panama Papers, Luxembourg Leaks will speak at U-M
EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT DATE: 3 p.m. Feb. 20, 2017 EVENT: "Leaks, Whistleblowers and Big Data: Collaborative Journalism across Borders" Wallace House presents the investigative journalists behind the Panama Papers and Luxembourg Leaks at the inaugural Eisendrath Symposium at the University of Michigan.
Life Sciences - Astronomy
31.01.2017
Astronauts' brains change shape during spaceflight
Astronauts’ brains change shape during spaceflight
ANN ARBOR'MRIs before and after space missions reveal that astronauts' brains compress and expand during spaceflight, according to a University of Michigan study. The findings could have applications for treating other health conditions that affect brain function, says principal investigator Rachael Seidler, U-M professor of kinesiology and psychology.
Business/Economics
30.01.2017
Retirement investment fund conflicts cost Americans
ANN ARBOR'As retirement funds have shifted from defined benefit to defined contribution, Americans are required to directly manage their own retirement plans for which good investment advice is essential.
Medicine/Pharmacology
30.01.2017
Don’t blame pregnancy: Mom’s weight gain likely caused by parental lifestyle, age
ANN ARBOR?Pregnancy has long been blamed for causing permanent weight gain and obesity in childbearing women, but the real culprit seems to be lifestyle and age. In a new study, Olga Yakusheva, associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, examined the long-term weight gain of childbearing women compared to expected weight gain for women without kids.
Business/Economics
27.01.2017
Consumer optimism surges in January amid partisanship
ANN ARBOR?Consumers expressed a higher level of confidence in January than at any other time in the last dozen years.
Administration/Government - Social Sciences
27.01.2017
Youth key to researching terrorism
Youth key to researching terrorism
ANN ARBOR?Engaging with youth involved in or susceptible to violent extremism is key in helping the U.S. government understand'and combat-terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, according to a position paper published .
Social Sciences - Business/Economics
24.01.2017
Social media tapped for insights into economics, political communication, parenting
ANN ARBOR?University of Michigan researchers will use Big Data from social media to gain new insights into economics and the way people communicate about parenting and politics under two recently funded research projects. The Michigan Institute for Data Science awarded the projects a combined $2.5 million under the second round of its Challenge Initiative program.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
24.01.2017
U-M projects use Big Data to predict diseases, advance research in single-cell gene sequencing
ANN ARBOR?Researchers at the University of Michigan will use Big Data and mobile technology to learn how to predict when individuals will get diseases including depression and hepatitis C, and to unlock the potential of single-cell gene sequencing under three recently funded projects.
Life Sciences
24.01.2017
Bad vibrations: Phantom phone alerts linked to cell phone dependency
ANN ARBOR'You've probably felt or heard it before: a buzz in your pocket or a ding from your purse. You think a message has come to your phone, but when you look, the screen is blank. Researchers call these "phantom communication experiences," and University of Michigan Institute for Social Research scientist Daniel Kruger has linked the frequency of feeling these phantom vibrations to a person's cell phone dependency.
Mathematics
23.01.2017
New metamaterial can switch from hard to soft’and back again
ANN ARBOR'When a material is made, you typically cannot change whether that material is hard or soft.
Social Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
23.01.2017
Immigration fears among Latinos can impact baby size at birth
ANN ARBOR'With deportation and discrimination fears currently on the minds of many in the United States, a University of Michigan study shows that the stress from an historic immigration raid is associated with Latina mothers delivering babies with lower birth weights, and sometimes early.
Social Sciences
19.01.2017
Brazil prison riots part of a vast civil unrest
FACULTY Q&A ANN ARBOR?Tension, violence and deaths have erupted inside Brazilian prisons. In just the first 15 days of the year, gang disputes have led to about 135 inmate deaths in the country's jails, including massacres in three states: Amazonas, Roraima and Rio Grande do Norte.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Administration/Government
19.01.2017
U-M strengthens collaborations with China
ANN ARBOR'The University of Michigan will collaborate with Chinese institutions to advance research, development and deployment of new transportation technologies and cutting-edge innovations.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Administration/Government
18.01.2017
Scorecard shows public health goals could suffer under Trump presidency
ANN ARBOR?Speculation abounds on what a Donald Trump presidency will mean to the future of public health, particularly health care coverage.
Business/Economics - Law/Forensics
12.01.2017
Erasing the gender paradox in corporate America
ANN ARBOR'U.S. business suffers from a gender paradox. Studies show companies with gender parity on boards and in the executive ranks outperform male-dominated ones.
Computer Science/Telecom - Business/Economics
11.01.2017
Forecast 2017 Q&A: Cybersecurity and privacy
M.S. Krishnan Hacks and data breaches continue to make headlines-including during the presidential election'but that hasn't seemed to worry consumers, or even many policymakers.
Business/Economics
11.01.2017
More information, not less, would help eliminate bias in sharing economy
ANN ARBOR'The booming sharing economy hasn't been without its share of controversy, including accounts of discrimination by hosts against guests. Jun Li, assistant professor of technology and operations at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, took recent research in the field a bit further and determined the root cause of the discrimination and a simple remedy.
Environment/Sustainable Development
10.01.2017
Vehicle fuel economy in the US down last month
ANN ARBOR'Gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. dipped slightly in December, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
Administration/Government - Environment/Sustainable Development
03.01.2017
New report calls for increased monitoring of US drinking water supplies
ANN ARBOR?Monitoring of U.S. drinking water supplies for chemical and microbial contaminants should be increased, especially for vulnerable populations such as pregnant women, infants and youn
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
27.12.2016
Nanodiscs deliver personalized cancer therapy to immune system
ANN ARBOR?Researchers at the University of Michigan have had initial success in mice using nanodiscs to deliver a customized therapeutic vaccine for the treatment of colon and melanoma cancer tumors.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Business/Economics
26.12.2016
Military health system will test U-M-developed concept under newly signed defense bill
ANN ARBOR'A health care reform idea originated by University of Michigan faculty will get a major test among members of the nation's military and their families, thanks to a provision in the national defense spending bill signed by President Obama Friday. Called Value-Based Insurance Design, the approach departs from the traditional "one size fits all" approach to health insurance out-of-pocket costs.
Business/Economics
23.12.2016
Consumer optimism surges in December
ANN ARBOR'As unexpected as Donald Trump's presidential election, consumers expressed much more positive economic expectations following his victory.
Life Sciences - Careers/Employment
22.12.2016
U-M startup Neurable raises $2 million seed funding
ANN ARBOR?Neurable, a University of Michigan startup that developed brain-computer interface technology based on breakthrough neuroscience, has raised a $2 million seed round to bring its software platform to market.
Business/Economics - Careers/Employment
20.12.2016
Forecast 2017 Q&A: U-M’s Gabriel Ehrlich on the economy
Changes in federal economic policy could be on the horizon, but such policy will likely be slow to have an impact on the U.S. economy.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Astronomy
16.12.2016
Hurricane tracking satellites successfully launched
CAPE CANAVERAL'NASA has successfully launched a constellation of eight hurricane-tracking microsatellites in a $151 million mission that's led by the University of Michigan.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
15.12.2016
How does the amniotic sac form? U-M team uses stem cells to study earliest stages
ANN ARBOR'For the first time, human stem cells have been coaxed to begin to form amniotic sac tissue in a laboratory-based model mimicking the wall of the uterus. The new study, performed at the University of Michigan and reported , provides the first opportunity to study the development of amnion, an essential tissue that envelops and protects the growing fetus.
Physics/Materials Science
15.12.2016
Toward safer, long-life nuclear reactors: Metal design could raise radiation resistance by 100 times
ANN ARBOR'In findings that could change the way industries like nuclear energy and aerospace look for materials that can stand up to radiation exposure, University of Michigan researchers have discovered that metal alloys with three or more elements in equal concentrations can be remarkably resistant to radiation-induced swelling.
Media - Business/Economics
14.12.2016
Forecast 2017 Q&A: The media business model
The 2017 election underscored the pressure on today's news media. There's a high demand for news from a public with a lower propensity to pay for it'at least with traditional subscriptions.
Environment/Sustainable Development
13.12.2016
Midwest USDOT Center for Connected and Automated Transportation established
ANN ARBOR?Moving society to next-generation transportation systems will take more than technology, and a new $2.47 million center led by the University of Michigan will explore the full picture of how communities can best transition to connected and automated vehicles.
Medicine/Pharmacology
13.12.2016
Vaping, hookah use by US teens declines for first time
ANN ARBOR'Teens are lighting up less often when it comes to e-cigarettes and hookahs. A new study finds that the percentage of U.S. teens who vape declined in 2016?the first significant reversal of a rapid rise in adolescent vaping.
Medicine/Pharmacology
13.12.2016
Teen use of any illicit drug other than marijuana at new low, same true for alcohol
ANN ARBOR?Teenagers' use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco declined significantly in 2016 at rates that are at their lowest since the 1990s, a new national study showed.
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