Press Releases

10/13/2014 - Chicago, IL National Survey: Privately Insured in America: Opinions on Health Care Costs and Coverage

A new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey shows that while most Americans with private health care coverage are generally satisfied with their plans, some reveal key areas of concern.

10/6/2014 - Census Bureau Names 10 New Members to National Advisory Committee

​The U.S. Census Bureau today announced 10 new members to serve on the Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations.

10/2/2014 - Bethesda, MD Frances Stillman, Ed.D., International Authority on Efforts to Reduce use of Tobacco, is Named Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago

Bethesda, MD—Frances Stillman, Ed.D., internationally known for her work to reduce the use of tobacco,  in particularly in designing, implementing and evaluating large-scale behavioral and environmental change projects has been named a Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago where she will join the independent research organization’s Department of Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Criminal Justice Studies.)

10/1/2014 - Bethesda, MD New Book Dissecting Methamphetamine Markets in the United States Reveals Industry of Extremes from International Cartels to Mom-and-Pop Shops

​Bethesda, MD—The methamphetamine industry in the United States is a complex transnational business, but also a thriving mom-and-pop operation say the authors of a newly published book that reveals the nature and extent of methamphetamine markets in the U.S.  Details of how meth markets develop and operate are provided through the voices of the makers and users of the highly addictive drug as well as those who work to control its use and limit its impact.

9/10/2014 - Chicago, IL Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Announces Fellowship for Journalists with Focus on the Economics of Aging and Work in the United States

​Chicago, September 10, 2014 — The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, in partnership with The Associated Press Media Editors (APME) and with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, announces a 10-month fellowship for journalists that will focus on the economics of aging and work. During the fellowship, the journalist will develop the analytical research skills needed to create a sustained series of news reports dealing with the economics of America’s aging workforce.

8/12/2014 - Arbor Research Awarded Contract for Alignment of Quality and Public Reporting Programs and Websites

Arbor Research Collaborative for Health, in partnership with NORC at the University of Chicago, has been awarded a four-year contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Alignment of Quality and Public Reporting Programs and Websites.

7/20/2014 - Chicago, IL National Survey Examines Perceptions of Health Care Provider Quality

​Chicago, July 20, 2014—The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has released the results of a major survey examining the public’s opinions about what it means to be a quality health care provider in the United States. The survey, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sheds new light on how American adults perceive the quality of their health care and doctors, as well as the information they use and trust when making health care decisions. The survey produces new and actionable data during a crucial period of Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation. Interviews were conducted with 1,002 adults age 18 and over.

6/16/2014 - Bethesda, MD NORC at the University of Chicago Senior Statistician Edward J. Mulrow Honored as New American Statistical Association Fellow

​6/16/2014, Bethesda, MD. – Edward J. Mulrow has been named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA). The ASA is the nation’s preeminent professional statistical society.
Mulrow was honored for sustained statistical leadership and creative solutions in contentious consulting situations; for effective assistance to U.S. governmental agencies in addressing challenging data collection and analysis issues; and for advancing statistical excellence in mentoring junior team members.

6/5/2014 - Chicago, IL Local Public Grants for Art in Chicago Relatively Low, New Report Finds

Local direct public funding provided through grants for the arts in Chicago is low compared to peer regions in both total dollar and per capita terms, according to a new report from the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago.

5/19/2014 - Chicago, IL National Survey on Long-term Care: Expectations and Reality

Chicago, May 19, 2014—The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research  has released the results of a major survey on long-term care in the United States. The study, the second on this topic done by AP-NORC, provides much-needed data on how Americans are, or are not, planning for long-term care as policy makers grapple with how to plan for and finance high-quality long-term care in the United States.

5/15/2014 - Washington, D.C. Bureau of Justice Statistics Receives Policy Impact

​WASHINGTON –The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and its data collection agents will receive the 2014 Policy Impact Award from the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) for their innovative and salient efforts to measure sexual victimization in correctional facilities under the Prison Rape Elimination Act, 2003 (PREA).

4/15/2014 - Chicago, IL Paul J. Lavrakas Ph.D. Joins NORC at the University of Chicago as a Senior Fellow

​​4/15/2014, Chicago, IL– Leading research methodologist Paul J. Lavrakas, Ph.D., recently joined NORC at the University of Chicago as a Senior Fellow. Lavrakas is a research psychologist who served as Vice President and chief methodologist for Nielsen Media Research from 2000 to 2007. He is a former professor of Journalism and Communication Studies at Northwestern University and The Ohio State University. He was the founding faculty director of the Northwestern University Survey Lab and the Ohio State University Center for Survey Research. Lavrakas was elected and served as the 2012-2013 President of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, the world’s oldest professional organization devoted to public opinion research and survey research quality.

3/25/2014 - Chicago, IL Newsday Reporter Emily C. Dooley Awarded Journalism Fellowship to Focus on the Resilience of People and Communities in the Wake of Disaster

Chicago, March 25, 2014—Emily C. Dooley, an award-winning environmental reporter for Newsday on Long Island, New York, has been named recipient of The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Journalism Fellowship on Community Resilience.

3/19/2014 - Washington D.C. AmeriCorps Program Demonstrates Significant Impact on Student Reading

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – A rigorous third-party evaluation of the nation’s largest AmeriCorps tutoring program has found that elementary students tutored by AmeriCorps members achieved significantly higher literacy levels than students without such tutors, and that the impacts were statistically significant even among students at higher risk of academic failure.

3/17/2014 - Chicago, IL National Survey: The Personal News Cycle: How Americans Get their News

​Chicago, March 17, 2014—Toppling some stereotypes about how people get news in the digital age, a major new survey reveals that that the nature of the news itself—the topic and speed of the story—rather than the demographics of the audience largely determines where people go to learn about events and the path they take to get there. The findings suggest that conventional wisdom that media consumption is shaped by age or ideology is overstated and that some long-held beliefs about people relying on a few primary sources for their news are now obsolete.

3/11/2014 - Washington D.C. The American Press Institute, The Associated Press and NORC at the University of Chicago Announce New Research Initiative

Washington, March 11, 2014 -- The American Press Institute (API), The Associated Press and NORC at the University of Chicago announced today that they have formed a new joint research initiative to better understand news audiences.  The new program will be called the Media Insight Project and will draw on the resources of API and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

2/14/2014 - Chicago, IL NORC at the University of Chicago Selected by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to Carry Out the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS)

​2/14/2014, Chicago, IL—NORC at the University of Chicago has been selected to lead the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS), the leading source of information and analysis of the Medicare program’s direct impact on beneficiaries. The survey will also play an essential role in monitoring and evaluating key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, including innovative new models of delivering and coordinating care for the Medicare population. The 3-year project was awarded to NORC by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) following a rigorous competitive bidding process.

2/6/2014 - Grand Forks, ND Rural Assistance Center and Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis Launch Rural Care Coordination Toolkit

​​Grand Forks, ND – February 6, 2014 – The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) and NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis are announcing a new Rural Care Coordination Toolkit to help rural communities and organizations identify and implement a care coordination program. This toolkit contains resources to help communities develop programs that can improve quality and continuity of care, as well as patient outcomes, building on best practices of successful care coordination program models. The toolkit is available for free on the RAC website.

1/27/2014 - Chicago, IL NORC at the University of Chicago Announces Senior Staff Promotions and Formation of New Business Unit

​1/27/2014, Chicago, IL.—NORC at the University of Chicago has announced changes in its leadership team, including a set of senior staff promotions and the formation of a new unit designed to identify and develop new business opportunities.

1/2/2014 - Chicago, IL National Survey: The People’s Agenda—America’s Priorities and Outlook for 2014

​Chicago, January 2, 2014—The Associated Press—NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has released the results of a major new survey that reveals the American people’s list of issues they believe should be the focus of government attention in 2014.  The same survey also explores the complex blend of personal, political, and ideological factors that lie behind such a list.  The data reveal broad doubts that the government will make progress in addressing the public’s policy priorities, and feelings about the role of institutions other than government to solve major problems.

12/3/2013 - Chicago, IL Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to Fund NORC at the University of Chicago Research on the Value of Price Transparency in Health Care

​Chicago, IL.  December 3, 2013 – NORC at the University of Chicago has been awarded a research grant to study the impact of quality and price transparency on consumer choice of high quality, yet less costly health care. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded a grant to NORC researchers under its new initiative, “Understanding the Use and Impact of Price Data in Health Care.” NORC will partner with Cerner Corporation, a global health care company, and Change Healthcare, a leading consumer engagement and cost transparency company, on the two-year effort.

11/20/2013 - New York, NY MTV, Associated Press-NORC Center Survey Finds Discriminatory Language Still Pervasive Online, More Young People Say It's Never Okay

​New York, NY – November 20, 2013 – MTV and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research today released new results from a recent survey that explores the pervasiveness of digital discrimination among teens and young adults, how it is affecting America’s youth, and how they’re responding to it. According to the survey, use of discriminatory language is as pervasive as it was in 2011, with 1 in 2 young people reporting that they sometimes or often see or hear people using discriminatory language or images on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter.

11/20/2013 - Chicago, IL Dan Gaylin Named President of NORC at the University of Chicago

​11/20/2013, Chicago, IL. – The Board of Trustees of NORC at the University of Chicago has announced the appointment of Dan Gaylin as President and Chief Executive Officer of the independent research organization.

11/14/2013 - Chicago, IL Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Announces New Fellowship for Journalists with Focus on Community Resilience in Times of Crisis

​Chicago, November 14. 2013—The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, announces a new nine-month fellowship for journalists that will focus on community resilience in times of crisis.

11/5/2013 - Chicago, IL New study offers insights into strengths and needs of early care and education workforce

The early care and education workforce is more highly educated and more stable than previously believed, according to a new study from HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF). The study finds that 53 percent of center-based early care and education providers have at least an associate degree.  This is an increase from the 36 percent indicated in previous studies.

10/25/2013 - Chicago, IL Larry V. Hedges Receives Statistician of the Year Award from the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association

​Chicago, October 24, 2013—Larry V. Hedges, Ph.D., Board of Trustees Professor at Northwestern University and Senior Fellow at the research organization NORC at the University of Chicago, has been named the 2013-2014 Statistician of the Year by the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association.

10/24/2013 - New York, NY MTV, Associated Press-NORC Center Survey Finds That Online Bullying Has Declined, Young People Are Making Better Digital Decisions, And More Are Seeking Help From Family

​New York, NY – October 24, 2013 – MTV and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research today released the results of a new survey exploring the pervasiveness of digital abuse among teens and young adults, how it is affecting America’s youth and how they’re responding to it.  According to the survey, trends show that the share of young people affected by digital abuse has declined since 2011, with less than half (49 percent) of those surveyed stating that they have experienced digital abuse, compared to 56 percent in 2011.  Additionally, virtually every form of digital abuse tracked in this study – 26 out of 27 listed – has declined*. When experiencing digital abuse, 44 percent of young people state that they seek help from their parents or family, up over 25 percent from 2011, and the majority (66 percent) say that telling their parents made the situation better. 

10/14/2013 - Chicago, IL National Survey: Working Longer—Older Americans’ Attitudes on Work and Retirement

​Chicago, October 14, 2013—The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has released the results of a major new survey exploring the views of older Americans about their plans for work and retirement.  It provides in-depth information about a rapidly growing segment of the population that by choice or circumstance is working longer.  The Great Recession has had a marked impact on retirement plans.

9/10/2013 - Chicago, IL National Survey: Balancing Act—The Public’s Take on Civil Liberties and Security

Chicago, September 10, 2013—The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has released the results of a survey exploring the views of Americans on the balance between civil liberties and security.  The results reveal deep misgivings about the ways in which the government is protecting the privacy of its citizens and even about the possibility of winning the war on terrorism and the strategy being used to wage it.

9/4/2013 - Chicago, IL NORC at the University of Chicago Joins the Open Cloud Consortium

Chicago, IL.  September 4, 2013 -- NORC at the University of Chicago (NORC) and the Open Cloud Consortium (OCC) announced today that they have entered into a multi-year agreement that brings NORC into the OCC. NORC will be involved in several OCC Working Groups, including the Open Science Data Cloud Working Group. The Open Science Data Cloud already has rich collections of data from the earth sciences and the biological sciences. Working together, NORC and the OCC plan to add a variety of interesting datasets to the Open Science Data Cloud.

8/20/2013 - Bethesda, MD Rolf Blank Joins NORC at the University of Chicago as a Senior Fellow in the Education and Child Development Studies Department

8/20/2013, Bethesda, MD – Rolf Blank, Ph.D., has recently joined NORC at the University of Chicago as a senior fellow in the Education and Child Development Studies department. Until recently, Blank was a program director at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), leading Education Research and Indicators. While at CCSSO, he was responsible for study design, grant proposal development, managing education research and evaluation projects, developing a system of 50-state education indicators, and supervising reports and online products.

8/17/2013 - Chicago, IL National Survey: Parents’ Attitudes on the Quality of Education in the United States

Chicago, August 17, 2013-- The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research announces the publication and availability of a major survey exploring the attitudes and views of parents with children in United States schools. It reveals new information on an array of issues directly related to the education of their children including the quality of schools, teaching, evaluation, funding, and management.​​

8/5/2013 - Chicago, IL Dan Gaylin Announced as Acting President of NORC at the University of Chicago

8/5/2013, Chicago, IL. – The Board of Trustees at NORC at the University of Chicago announced today that Dan Gaylin, NORC’s current Executive Vice President of Research Programs, has been named the Acting President. The Board of Trustees is currently conducting a search to replace outgoing President and CEO John Thompson who was recently appointed to lead the U.S. Census Bureau.

8/1/2013 - Chicago, IL Public Mood in the U.S.: Significant Differences in Optimism Broken Down by Race

Chicago, August 1, 2013—The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has released results of an analysis of more than four decades of data from the General Social Survey (GSS) and from other public polls, including surveys conducted by The Associated Press. Researchers found that while white Americans have become increasingly pessimistic about the future of the country, blacks and Hispanics have become more optimistic. Some trends show a reversal in the way both whites and minorities view the future. 

8/1/2013 - Chicago, IL U.S. Public Mood: Significant Differences in Optimism Broken Down by Race

​Chicago, August 1, 2013—The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has released results of an analysis of more than four decades of data from the General Social Survey (GSS) and from other public polls, including surveys conducted by The Associated Press. Researchers found that while white Americans have become increasingly pessimistic about the future of the country, blacks and Hispanics have become more optimistic. Some trends show a reversal in the way both whites and minorities view the future. 

7/25/2013 - Bethesda, MD Former Administration Official Vikki Wachino Joins NORC at the University of Chicago as a Senior Fellow in the Health Care Research Department

7/25/2013, Bethesda, MD. – Vikki Wachino, MPP, recently joined NORC at the University of Chicago as a Senior Fellow in the Health Care Research Department. Wachino is a nationally recognized expert on health coverage for the low-income population. Until recently, Wachino was responsible for implementation of major provisions of the Affordable Care Act at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, while serving as Director of the Children and Adults Health Programs Group.

6/24/2013 - Chicago, IL Resilience in the Wake of Superstorm Sandy

Chicago, June 24, 2013—The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has released results of a major survey exploring resilience of people and neighborhoods directly affected by Superstorm Sandy.  The study reveals the importance of social factors such as neighborhood bonds and social supports in coping with the storm and its aftermath.

6/12/2013 - Bethesda, MD Leading Poverty Economist Patricia Ruggles Joins NORC at the University of Chicago as a Senior Fellow in the Economics, Labor, and Population Studies Department

6/12/2013, Bethesda, MD. – Patricia Ruggles, Ph.D., a long-time advocate for better poverty measurement and other important economic and social indicators, has been named a Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago.  Ruggles has worked at the highest levels in both government and higher education. She has also written books and journal articles on poverty and on improving the quality of the economic and social statistics used for research and policy analysis. She has testified frequently before Congress on these issues, and was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in recognition of her work on improving economic and social measurement.

5/13/2013 - Bethesda, MD Cutting-Edge Training Technology to Help Prevent Substance Abuse Released by MedRespond, Peer Assistance Services, Inc. and NORC at the University of Chicago

5/13/2013, Bethesda, MD.–In a collaborative effort to provide state of the art screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) training for health care professionals, MedRespond, Peer Assistance Services, Inc., and NORC at the University of Chicago announced the launch of the SBIRT Substance Use NursingMentor™ software that prepares health care professionals to identify, intervene and recommend treatment for patients at-risk for substance abuse. The SBIRT Substance Use NursingMentor is an online training platform that uses computational linguistics, search and streaming media to teach SBIRT skills through engaging simulated interactions. This new program integrates MedRespond’s Synthetic Interview (SI) technology with Peer Assistance Services’ and NORC’s SBIRT training curriculum into a streamlined training experience that allows health care professionals to receive SBIRT training credits in a convenient and cost-effective manner.

4/24/2013 - Chicago, IL Long-term Care: Perceptions, Experiences, and Attitudes of Americans 40 or Older

Chicago, April 24, 2013—The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research announces the publication and availability of a major survey that provides a new baseline of understanding about what Americans 40 years or older  believe about their need for long-term care services, what such care would cost, and how such issues fit into their concerns about growing older.  The survey reveals that while there is widespread concern among this population about the need for long-term care, little is being done to plan for it.  Funding for the survey was provided by The SCAN Foundation.

3/20/2013 - Chicago, IL America’s Lower-Wage Workforce: Employer and Worker Perspectives


Chicago, March 20, 2013—The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research announces the publication and availability of a major two-part study designed to better understand how lower-wage workers and those who employ them view such jobs and the opportunities for advancing the careers of lower wage workers. Funding for the surveys was provided to the AP-NORC Center by the Joyce Foundation, the Hitachi Foundation, and NORC at the University of Chicago.

2/25/2013 - Chicago, IL International Surveys Show Environmental Issues Rank Low Among Most People’s Concerns

2/25/2013, Chicago, IL–A newly released international study reveals that the issue of climate change is not a priority for people in the United States and around the world. The surveys showed that when asked to rank priority worries, people were five times more likely to point to the economy over the environment. Additionally, when asked about climate change, people identified the issue as more of a national problem than a personal concern.

2/11/2013 - Bethesda, MD Access to Medicare Claims Data Increased With Release of the Data Entrepreneurs’ Synthetic Public Use File (DE-SynPUF) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

2/11/2013, Bethesda, MD. - Today, CMS released the Data Entrepreneurs’ Synthetic Public Use File (DE-SynPUF) to be used by data entrepreneurs for writing programs and developing applications or research protocols that can be applied to CMS claims data. This public release will aid entrepreneurs and researchers in understanding the complexity and abundance of information in these data. The DE-SynPUF was a joint project of NORC at the University of Chicago and IMPAQ International, a Maryland-based research, evaluation and technical assistance firm

2/6/2013 - Chicago, IL Associated Press Correspondent Matt Sedensky Awarded Year-Long Journalism Fellowship to Focus on the Economics of Aging and Work

Matt Sedensky, an award-winning correspondent for the Associated Press whose national beat includes issues of aging, has been named the first recipient of The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Fellowship on the Economics of Aging and Work.

1/18/2013 - Bethesda, MD Americans’ Views on Entitlement Reform, Health Care, and Partisanship

1/18/2013, Bethesda, MD. – Today, the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago released the new report, 2012 NORC Presidential Election Study: American’s Views on Entitlement Reform and Health Care. Results from this survey suggest that substantial majorities of the American public prefer the status quo on most provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and on entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare. However, most Americans are not in favor of the status quo on partisanship and prefer that their own representatives work with others and make compromises, even those that include policies respondents dislike.
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1/4/2013 - Chicago, IL Obesity in the United States: Public Perception of Causes, Solutions, and Consequences

Chicago, January 4, 2013—The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research announces the publication and availability of a major survey that explores the American public’s understanding of the causes and consequences of obesity; the link between obesity and chronic health conditions including diabetes; and the role of government in addressing the nation’s obesity problems.

12/19/2012 - Bethesda, MD NORC Survey of Americans’ Views on Deficit

12/19/2012, Bethesda, MD. – Today, the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago released new survey results, 2012 NORC Presidential Election Survey: Americans’ Views on the Deficit. Results from the survey suggest that a large majority of Americans are more concerned about jobs and unemployment than they are about the budget deficit. And not surprisingly, Republicans and Democrats have somewhat different budget priorities, yet a clear majority of Americans (79 percent) want their representatives in Washington D.C. to work with others to get things done.

12/13/2012 - Philadelphia, PA University of Chicago's Norman Bradburn Named a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

Philadelphia, December 13, 2012 – The American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS), one of the nation's oldest and most distinguished learned societies, has selected Dr. Norman Bradburn as the 2013 Samuel A. Stouffer Fellow of the Academy. The AAPSS inducts a small group of Fellows each year, in recognition of their scholarly contributions to the social sciences, their efforts to communicate that scholarship to audiences beyond their own disciplines, and their commitment to improving public policy with research.

11/9/2012 - Bethesda, MD NORC Survey of the American People Reveals Party Affiliation Shapes Beliefs about Key Political and Non-Political Issues

11/9/2012, Washington – The independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago conducted a survey in the weeks prior to the 2012 Presidential election to measure the general public’s opinions about key issues and knowledge about responsibility for recent policies, such as the Troubled Asset Relief Program and the Affordable Care Act.  The results suggest that party affiliation affects how people react to the political as well as non-political issues, and partisanship is often a substitute for knowledge.

10/23/2012 - Chicago, IL Metadata Technology Collaborating with NORC, ICPSR, and partners on improving researchers access to GSS and ANES surveys

Researchers will have access to improved metadata and new tools to search through and analyze the General Social Survey (GSS) and the American National Election Studies (ANES) under a new joint initiative launched by Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago, and several partners.

9/24/2012 - Chicago, IL New Study Underscores the Potential of Aging Services Technologies (ASTs) to Improve Care and Quality of Life

Focused efforts to increase awareness and expand use of aging services technologies (ASTs) can help improve health outcomes, preserve individuals’ ability to live independently in their homes and communities, improve care coordination, and reduce the cost of care, concludes a study jointly authored by LeadingAge’s Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) and the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago.  

9/19/2012 - Chciago, IL The AP-NORC Journalism Fellowship on the Economics of Aging and Work

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, announces a 12-month residential fellowship for journalists that will focus on issues surrounding the aging workforce in the United States.

8/21/2012 - Chicago, IL NORC Awarded Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Contract to Conduct the National Immunization Survey

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded a contract to NORC at the University of Chicago to conduct a major research effort, the National Immunization Survey.  The five-year award renews work NORC has done on the survey since 2005.

8/8/2012 - Washington, D.C. Horatio Alger Association Announces Important Youth Survey

The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., in collaboration with Hart Research Associates and NORC at the University of Chicago, announced the 2012-2013 State of Our Nation’s Youth survey results today at the Newseum.

6/28/2012 - Chicago, IL Careful planning and focus on audience crucial to success of new cultural facilities

​Civic leaders, arts organizations, donors and government officials can better plan new or expanded arts facilities by first focusing on the arts organizations’ missions and assessing demand for the projects, according to a new study from the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago.setinstone FINAL REPORT.pdf"Set in Stone."

6/22/2012 - Chicago, IL Minority Students See Increased Wages with STEM Education

Minority college students who major in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math – earn at least 25 percent more than their peers who study humanities or education, according to the results of a new study.

6/7/2012 - Chicago, IL Energy Issues: How the Public Understands and Acts

“From the price of gas at the pump to action by the federal government on energy policy, energy is an issue that touches the lives of every American every day, said Trevor Tompson, director of the AP-NORC Center. “This survey represents an in-depth and up-to-the-minute look at how the American public feels about where responsibility for the nation’s energy problems lies, and who holds responsibility for addressing them.”

5/23/2012 - Bethesda, MD New Study Finds That 51 Percent Of Americans With Individual Health Insurance Will Improve Their Coverage In 2014 Through The Health Exchanges

More than 11 million Americans below the age of 65 are now covered by private individual health insurance plans. A new study, released today by Health Affairs as a Web First, measured the actuarial value of a sampling of 2010 health plans (the percentage of medical bills an insurance company pays) for both group and individual policies, and found that the majority of individual plans fell below the minimum standards and benefits required by the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

4/25/2012 - Chicago, IL Trevor Tompson Named Director of the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research

Trevor Tompson, global director of polling for The Associated Press, has been named director of the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. In his new position, Tompson will have overall responsibility for managing operations of the AP-NORC Center, which combines the journalistic strength of AP with the social science research power of NORC at the University of Chicago.

4/18/2012 - Chicago, IL International Perspectives on Theism

International surveys about the depth of people’s belief in God reveal vast differences among nations, ranging from 94 percent of people in the Philippines who said they always believed in God, compared to only 13 percent of people in the former East Germany. Yet the surveys found one constant—belief in God is higher among older people, regardless of where they live.

4/11/2012 - Chciago, IL Larry L. Bye Appointed NORC Senior Fellow

NORC at the University of Chicago announced today the appointment of Larry L. Bye as Senior Fellow in NORC’s Public Health Research department.  “We are excited to welcome Larry Bye as our newest Senior Fellow, “ said Mike Davern, Senior Vice President and Director of NORC’S Public Health Research department.

3/27/2012 - Bethesda, MD Over 20 Million Individuals Infected with Hepatitis E in Asia and Africa

New research funded by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 20.1 million individuals were infected with hepatitis E virus (HEV) genotypes 1 and 2 across 9 world regions in 2005.   According to findings available in the April issue of Hepatology, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, there were 3.4 million symptomatic cases, 70,000 deaths, and 3,000 stillbirths from HEV that year in countries throughout Asia and Africa.  

3/15/2012 - Atlanta, GA NORC Opens New Offices in Atlanta

The social science research organization NORC at the University of Chicago has announced the opening of its new regional office in Atlanta, Georgia. “This new office allows us to better serve our clients and partners in Atlanta and the surrounding region,” said John Thompson, President and CEO of NORC at the University of Chicago. “It allows on-the-ground support and easy access to specialized expertise, enabling us to collaborate more effectively with local and regional academic and research communities. There has been an increase in demand for NORC’s research and analysis services and we are confident that this expansion will allow us to better meet that demand.”

2/24/2012 - Chicago, IL Clifford Zinnes Named NORC Senior Fellow

NORC at the University of Chicago today announced the appointment of Clifford Zinnes, Ph.D. as Senior Fellow in NORC’s International Projects (INPRO) department.

2/21/2012 - Chicago, IL NORC Opens New Offices

Today NORC the University of Chicago announced the official opening of two new office locations in Atlanta, Georgia and in Boston, Massachusetts. 

2/6/2012 - Chicago, IL Odds of Living a Very Long Life Lower than Formerly Predicted

The chances to reach extreme old age are much lower than previously thought, new research shows.

Research just published by a team of demographers at the social science research organization NORC at the University of Chicago contradicts a long-held belief that the mortality rate of Americans flattens out above age 80. 

12/8/2011 - Chicago, IL Joseph S. Broz, Ph.D., Appointed NORC Senior Fellow

​​NORC at the University of Chicago today announced the appointment of Joseph S. Broz, Ph.D. as Senior Fellow in NORC’s Security, Energy, and Environment department.

11/4/2011 - Philadelphia, PA Birth Cohort Screening for Hepatitis C is Cost Effective

According to a new study being published early online in Annals of Internal Medicine, the flagship journal of the American College of Physicians, birth cohort screening for hepatitis C is cost effective in the primary care setting. A proactive screening strategy could identify over 800,000 currently unidentified cases, which could save many thousands of lives each year.

11/2/2011 - Chicago, IL Robert T. Michael Research Prize Winners Announced

The faculty selection committee of the Robert T. Michael Research Prize has awarded the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 prizes to the Chicago Initiative for Economic Development and Early Childhood (CEDEC), an initiative by Harris School doctoral students to explore early childhood development in developing countries. The Harris School doctoral students comprising CEDEC are Pedro Bernal, Guadalupe Bedoya, Elise Chor, Ana Sofia Leon, Javaeria Qureshi, Maria Fernandez Rosales, Patricia Ritter and Arianna Zanolini. Pietro Biroli, a doctoral student from the department of economics, is also a member of CEDEC.​

9/28/2011 - Chicago ​Americans Move Dramatically Toward Acceptance of Homosexuality Finds GSS Report

​In addition to a plurality who now approve of same-sex marriage, Americans overwhelmingly support basic civil liberties and freedom of expression for gays and lesbians, in contrast to sharp division on such issues in the 1970s.

9/21/2011 - Chicago, IL Teaching Artists Found Critical to the Future of Arts Education

​Teaching artists (TAs)—artists who make teaching a part of their professional practice as artists—are critical to the future of arts education and to improving the quality of schools. These are two of the conclusions of the Teaching Artists Research Project, a three-year study by NORC at the University of Chicago that is the most comprehensive examination of the work and world of teaching artists.

9/6/2011 - Chicago Civil Liberties and Security: 10 Years After 9/11

​CHICAGO, Sept. 6, 2011-- The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research announces publication and availability of its inaugural project: "Civil Liberties and National Security: 10 Years After 9/11."

9/1/2011 - Highest Percentage of Americans In Four Decades Say Financial Situation Has Gotten Worse

​Chicago, April 14, 2011— A recently released report of the General Social Survey, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, shows that for the first time since 1972, more Americans say that their financial situation has gotten worse in recent years rather than better. Understandably, also for the first time since 1972, the percentage of Americans saying that they are "not at all" satisfied with their financial situation (31.5%) notably exceeds those saying they are "pretty well" satisfied (23.4%).

9/1/2011 - John H. Thompson Appointed to the Committee on National Statistics

​​John H. Thompson, President and CEO of NORC at the University of Chicago, has been appointed to the Committee on National Statistics.

9/1/2011 - Tom W. Smith Awarded the 2011 Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences

​​CHICAGO, August 2, 2011 - The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) announced today that Tom W. Smith has been awarded the 2011 Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences. Smith is a NORC Senior Fellow, Director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Society, and since 1980 has served as Director of the General Social Survey (GSS), one of NORC's most visible projects and one fo the nation's most heavily utilized datasets.

9/1/2011 - Tolerance Grows for a Wide Variety of Groups, Except for Muslim Extremists

​Although Americans are increasingly tolerant of the open expression of a variety of views, the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 have made most Americans reluctant to extend those freedoms to Muslim extremists, research released Aug. 25 by NORC at the University of Chicago shows.

9/1/2011 - Robert T. Michael Named Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago

​CHICAGO, September 1, 2011—Robert  T. Michael, renowned scholar, teacher, and founding dean of the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago has been named Senior Fellow by NORC at the University of Chicago.
 
Michael is currently the Eliakim Hastings Moore Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Harris School and teaches courses on economics of child and family policy, leadership in Chicago, and co-teaches a course on "science, technology, and policy."

8/31/2011 - The Associated Press, NORC at the University of Chicago, Establish New Center for Public Affairs Research

​CHICAGO, August 31, 2011—The Associated Press and NORC at the University of Chicago announced today the formation of The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The Center will combine the expertise of NORC, one of the world’s premier social science research organizations, with AP, the essential global news network whose news is seen every day over all media platforms and formats by more than half of the world’s population.

8/30/2011 - Eric Goplerud to Run NORC's Department of Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Criminal Justice Studies

​​​CHICAGO, March 21, 2011—NORC at the University of Chicago today announced the appointment of Eric Goplerud, Ph.D. as Senior Vice President of NORC’s Department of Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Criminal Justice Studies.

8/30/2011 - Helen H. Suh Joins NORC as Program Area Director in Environmental Health

​CHICAGO, January 5, 2011—NORC at the University of Chicago announced the appointment of Helen H. Suh, Sc.D. as the new Program Area Director for Environmental Health in the Public Health Research Department.

8/30/2011 - Sheila Nataraj Kirby, Ph.D., Appointed NORC Senior Fellow

​​CHICAGO, May 2, 2011—NORC at the University of Chicago today announced the appointment of Sheila Nataraj Kirby as Senior Fellow in NORC’s Education and Child Development Studies department.

8/30/2011 - Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) Team Receives 2011 Mary Tyler Moore and Robert S. Levine, M.D., Excellence in Clinical Research Award

​On April 13th, Michael O’Grady was notified by The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation that he and the Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) team had been honored with the 2011 Mary Tyler Moore and S. Robert Levine, M.D., Excellence in Clinical Research Award.