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Thompson says America must "unchoose" policies that have led to mass incarceration

Axinn says new data on campus rape will "allow students to see for themselves the full extent of this problem"

Frey says white population is growing in Detroit and other large cities


Susan Murphy to speak at U-M kickoff for data science initiative, Oct 6, Rackham

Andrew Goodman-Bacon, former trainee, wins 2015 Nevins Prize for best dissertation in economic history

Deirdre Bloome wins ASA award for work on racial inequality and intergenerational transmission

Bob Willis awarded 2015 Jacob Mincer Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Field of Labor Economics

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Monday, Oct 5 at noon, 6050 ISR
Colter Mitchell: Biological consequences of poverty

Narayan Sastry

Sastry finds mothers' reading skills greatest determinant of children's academic success

a PSC In The News reference, 2010

"Improving mothers' literacy skills may be best way to boost children's achievement" - NIH News. 10/25/2010.

Narayan Sastry and Anne Pebley (UCLA) found that a mother's literacy is the largest single determinant of her children's academic success, outweighing the effects of neighborhood or family income. This in turn suggests that programs to improve maternal literacy skills may be very effective in overcoming school achievement disparities between children in poor and in more affluent communities.

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