statistics en University of Michigan professor awarded MacArthur Genius Grant <p>The MacArthur Foundation has announced its “<a href="">genius grants</a>.” Twenty-four people who the Foundation want to recognize as exceptionally creative individuals who already have a track record of achievement and the potential for even more significant contributions in the future.</p><p>One of those 24 is Susan Murphy, a Professor of Statistics at the University of Michigan.</p><p>She joined us today to talk about her work and how she plans on using the money.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:15:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 14584 at University of Michigan professor awarded MacArthur Genius Grant Revenge of a Michigan nerd: Nate Silver's election night victory <p>President Obama defeated one Michigan native Tuesday night, but in doing so contributed directly to the landslide victory of another.</p><p>Obama’s victories in a number of swing states vindicated the predictions of East Lansing native and celebrity political forecaster Nate Silver.</p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 21:13:03 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9859 at Revenge of a Michigan nerd: Nate Silver's election night victory Michigan unemployment rate ticked up for the second month in a row <p>Unemployment in Michigan rose one-tenth of a percentage point in June to 8.6 percent, when seasonally adjusted.</p><p>The Michigan Department of Technology, Management &amp; Budget (DTMB) issued a press release today that said the state&#39;s labor force, for the first month this year, did not increase, and the number of unemployed people grew by 7,000.</p><p>The good news is that this year&#39;s unemployment rate is 2 percent lower than last year&#39;s June rate, and four tenths of a percent lower than the rate at the beginning of this year.</p><p>From the press release:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;The state labor market displayed little change in June, and has been relatively stable through the first half of 2012,&rdquo; said Rick Waclawek, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives.&nbsp; &ldquo;Job gains in Michigan were modest during the second quarter, which was similar to national trends.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Check out the graph above showing DTMB&#39;s data on the labor force and the unemployment rate over the past decade.</p><p>-Elaine Ezekiel, Michigan Radio Newsroom Wed, 18 Jul 2012 19:20:51 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8334 at Michigan unemployment rate ticked up for the second month in a row Health care law already has had effect in Michigan <p>Hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents already have benefited from the health care law passed in 2009, according to the federal government. Some examples:</p><ul><li>&nbsp;More than 23,000 Michigan seniors and people with disabilities have saved $17.6 million this calendar year on prescription drugs because of the law, an average of $757 per person. The money goes to help residents with medical costs after they hit the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage gap, the so-called &quot;<a href="">doughnut hole</a>.&quot;</li><li>More than a half-million Michigan seniors have received a free preventive health care service so far this year.</li><li>Around 1.8 million residents now receive preventative services with no co-pay.</li><li>Around 57,000 more young adults in Michigan under the age of 26 are on their parents&#39; health insurance plans.</li><li>Around 7,000 small businesses get federal tax credits for offering health insurance to their employees.</li><li>Six Michigan health centers have been awarded $3.7 million from the federal government to help expand access to care for 59,431 additional patients.</li><li>Around 114,000 Michigan residents will get $13.9 million in rebates from insurance companies this summer because of a rule that requires insurance companies give rebates if they don&#39;t spend at least 80 percent of consumers&#39; premiums on medical care and quality improvement. The rebates will average $214 for 65,000 Michigan families.<br /> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 18:39:25 +0000 The Associated Press 8072 at Health care law already has had effect in Michigan