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Krause says having religious friends leads to gratitude, which is associated with better health

Work by Bailey and Dynarski on growing income gap in graduation rates cited in NYT

Johnston says marijuana use by college students highest in 30 years

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Martha Bailey and Nicolas Duquette win Cole Prize for article on War on Poverty

Michigan's graduate sociology program tied for 4th with Stanford in USN&WR rankings

Jeff Morenoff makes Reuters' Highly Cited Researchers list for 2014

Susan Murphy named Distinguished University Professor

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Paula Fomby (Michigan), Family Complexity, Siblings, and Children's Aggressive Behavior at School Entry

Work by Burgard, Brand, and House cited in Atlantic piece on recession and health

a PSC In The News reference, 2012

"How the Recession Improved Life Expectancy—but Didn't Make Us Healthier" - The Atlantic. 11/19/2012.

The author looks at the conundrum of increases in longevity and decreases in health during the Great Recession. After exploring a number of possible explanations, he concludes that the U.S. population has simultaneously experienced health harms from lost insurance and increased anxiety over personal finances, but longer life expectancy among the elderly via more and better care in nursing homes. He cites two studies by Sarah Burgard, Jennie Brand, and Jim House in making his argument.

Researchers:

Sarah Burgard

James S. House

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