Time to 12:00 pm Add to Calendar 2011-10-24 08:00:00 2011-10-24 12:00:00 6th Annual De Jong Lecture in Social Demography Nittany Lion Inn, Ballroom DE Population Research Institute css7@psu.edu America/New_York public
Location Nittany Lion Inn, Ballroom DE
Presenter(s) Dr. Barbara Entwisle
Dr. Stephen Matthews
Dr. Linda Lobao

Barbara Entwisle, Ph.D., Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Hundreds of studies have examined the consequences of neighborhood contexts for health behaviors and health outcomes. Whether the neighborhood characteristics and mechanisms important in urban places also hold in rural settings is an open question. Part of the reason why researchers do not know the answer to this question is that data collection strategies to support research on neighborhoods and health in urban settings do not translate well to rural contexts. At the 6th Annual De Jong Lecture in Social Demography, Dr. Barbara Entwisle will propose an approach for adapting one of these strategies—systematic social observation--- to non-metropolitan and rural areas and will demonstrate and evaluate its implementation in Duplin County, NC.

Program: Monday, October 24, 2011

  • 8:30 AM Check-in outside Ballroom DE, Beverages available
  • 9:00 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 9:10 AM Innovation in the Measurement of Place: Systematic Social Observation in a Rural Setting - Barbara Entwisle, Ph.D., Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 10:00 AM Break
  • 10:10 AM Discussants
  • 11:00 AM Open Discussion
  • 11:45 AM – 12:30 pm Reception at the Nittany Lion Inn, Alumni Lounge - You are invited to share conversation and refreshments with presenters and conference attendees.


Stephen Matthews, Ph.D., (Ph.D., University of Wales, Cardiff) is Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Demography (Courtesy Geography) and the academic director of the Geographic Information Analysis Core in the Population Research Institute at Penn State. He is PI of a Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD-supported training grant on spatial analysis in population science, promoting the utilization of geospatial data and spatial analytic methods in demographic and health research. He is interested in conceptual and methodological issues associated with how neighborhoods are defined and their attributes are measured, and the relevance of these definitions/measures to individual behavior and health outcomes. Earlier this year he co-edited with Linda Burton, Susan Kemp, Mancui Lueng and David Takeuchi, "Communities, Neighborhoods, and Health: Expanding the Boundaries of Place." PSU Sociology profile

Linda Lobao, Ph.D., is Professor of Rural Sociology, Sociology, and Geography at The Ohio State University. Dr. Lobao’s research focuses on the socioeconomic well-being of regions, communities, and households and the impact of state and market changes across geographic space. Her research areas include spatial inequality (with a focus on poverty and other disparities across places and populations), development sociology, political sociology, and gender. In addition to publishing numerous journal articles and book chapters, she has published three books, the most recent being an edited volume with Gregory Hooks and Ann Tickamyer, The Sociology of Spatial Inequality (The State University of New York Press, 2007). Lobao has served on the editorial boards of Rural Sociology and Demography among others. She is presently a co-editor of The Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, and Society. Lobao was President of the Rural Sociological Society in 2002- 2003 and was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007. 


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Attendee Parking

Parking is available in the Nittany Parking Deck near the Nittany Lion Inn. Validation for free parking is available at the front desk. Please note the Penn State students are not allowed to park in the Nittany Parking Deck.

Overnight accommodations are available at the Nittany Lion Inn. A single standard room is $109. Call the reservation department at (800) 233-7505 and request block THEJ11C. Contact Carolyn Scott css7@psu.edu if the room block is full. Contact the Inn at (800) 233-7505. Visit the Nittany Lion Inn. For other lodging options, visit statecollege.com and click on the Tourism tab. Also see: Map to the Nittany Lion Inn, PSU

Past DeJong Lectures: For information on past DeJong Lectures visit the DeJong Lecture home

Lecture Sponsors: Caroline M. and Gordon F. De Jong Lectureship in Social Demography Endowment, Penn State's Department of Sociology, and the Penn State Population Research Institute

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Contact Person Carolyn Scott
Contact Email css7@psu.edu
Contact Phone (814) 865-0486
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