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June 7, 2004


Experts available for coverage related to Ronald Reagan

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The University of Michigan has several experts who can speak on a host of President Reagan-related issues from his influence on politics, history and public policy to the media, health policy and health awareness.

They include:

U-M tax-economic and foreign policy experts who served Reagan

· Raymond Tanter, political professor emeritus, was a senior member of Reagan's National Security Council and is an expert on foreign policy and national security issues. He can be reached at (202) 333-7346 or
Raymond Tanter's profile

· Joel Slemrod, business professor and director of the Office of Tax Policy Research, was senior staff economist for tax policy on Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers. He is a nationally known authority on tax and economic policy who can talk about the former president's impact on tax policy and economics. Slemrod can be reached at (734) 936-3914 or
Joel Slemrod's profile

Alzheimer's disease research

· Ken Langa, assistant professor of internal medicine and faculty associate at the U-M Institute for Social Research, has conducted a variety of research related to dementia, one of the symptoms of Alzheimer's. He has examined the social cost of informal care giving for patients with dementia, and recently was part of the team that found people with dementia are more likely to be admitted to nursing homes than people with other illnesses. He can be reached at (734) 615-8341 or
Ken Langa's profile

Reagan's impact on the Right and culture

· M. Eugenia Deerman, a Public Goods Post Doctoral Fellow in U-M's history department, is an expert on the Religious Right and the secular Right Wing social movements and conservative think tanks and other 20th century social movements. She is also an expert on sexual politics such as the move for abstinence among youth. She can speak on the successes the Right has had since Reagan entered the public stage as well as the disappointments it has encountered and how those in the movement have had to learn to compromise. She can be reached at (734) 763-4166 or

Reagan's impact on colon cancer screening and health problems

· A. Mark Fendrick, professor of internal medicine, can comment on what Reagan did for Americans' awareness of screening and treatment for colon cancer and pre-cancerous colon polyps, in the wake of his own diagnosis and surgery in 1985. Fendrick led a recent study on the impact of celebrities on American health behavior, showing a 20 percent increase in colonoscopies in the years after TV host Katie Couric underwent a colon exam during the “Today” show after losing her husband to colon cancer. To arrange a phone interview with Fendrick, call Kara Gavin at (734) 764-2220. More on the Couric effect >
Mark Fendrick's profile

Reagan's impact on the media—Anthony Collings, communication studies lecturer, covered foreign policy for CNN during the Reagan Administration. He is available at (734) 763-4792.
Tony Collings' profile

Modern military history

· David Fitzpatrick, a visiting professor of history, is an expert on military history and specializes in modern U.S. history. Email him at or to arrange an interview, contact Joe Serwach at (734) 647-1844.

Presidents, power and political speech

· David Winter, psychology professor, studied and compared inaugural addresses of every U.S. president and can speak on how the content of presidential speeches and interviews relates to their motives, especially power motivation. Winter can be reached at (734) 647-3952 or email him at
David Winter's profile

Reagan's impact on stem cell research

· K. Sue O'Shea, cell and developmental biology professor, is available to discuss the issue of embryonic stem cell research in light of Nancy Reagan's recent behind-the-scenes campaign and public statements about the need to accelerate such research as a possible route toward treatments for Alzheimer's disease. O'Shea has worked with colonies of mouse embryonic stem cells for more than a decade, and was U-M's first scientist to work with one of the human embryonic stem cell lines approved by the Bush Administration for use in federally funded research. She specializes in the study of how stem cells differentiate into neurons (nerve cells) - work that may help lead to treatments for Alzheimer's disease, other neurodegenerative diseases and spinal cord injuries. To schedule an interview with O'Shea, call Kara Gavin, (734) 764-2220,
K. Sue O'Shea's profile

Reagan's impact on U.S. politics and public policy

· Michael Traugott, professor and chair of communication studies, is an expert on presidential polls and voter behavior. Among his numerous articles: "Perspectives on the 1980 Presidential Campaign" and "Tracking the 1984 Presidential Race."
He can be reached at (734) 764-0420.
Michael Traugott's profile

Original documents from the Reagan era available

· The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, a unit of U-M's Institute for Social Research since 1962, has done many surveys on President Reagan. Links to the studies are available at:

· The U-M Document Center maintains online copies of original documents related to U.S. presidents, including their original IRS tax returns, photos and national security documents from the Reagan years as well as other administrations, at:


Contact: Joe Serwach
Phone: (734) 647-1844

Contact: Colleen Newvine
Phone: (734) 647-4411

Contact: Jared Wadley
Phone: (734) 936-7819