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Professor awarded NSF grant for research in water security in Kenya

Nov 8, 2019

Asher Rosinger, assistant professor of biobehavioral health and anthropology and Ann Hertzler Early Career Professor in Global Health, was recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant allowing him to further his research in water and its impact on health and well-being. Rosinger and…

$1.2 million NSF grant funds interdisciplinary Child Study Center project

Apr 24, 2019

“STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] skills have not been a priority in early childhood education,” said Evan Pugh University Professor Karen Bierman, director of the Penn State Child Study Center housed in the Department of Psychology in the College of the Liberal Arts. “…

New Effective Date for the Revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide

Feb 18, 2019

Due to the recent lapse in appropriations, implementation of the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 19-1) was postponed. We are pleased to announce that the revised PAPPG will now be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after February 25,…
News Topics: NSF Proposal Award

Social Scientists Encouraged to Explore NSF's Ten Big Ideas Solicitations

Feb 6, 2019

Arthur Lupia, Assistant Director for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE) of the National Science Foundation (NSF), is calling on social and behavioral scientists to learn more about, and consider applying for, the funding opportunities associated with the NSF Ten Big…

Resumption of Operations at the National Science Foundation

Jan 31, 2019

NSF is open for business! We thank you for your forbearance during this challenging time, and for your support of students, postdocs, faculty, technical and administrative support staff and researchers. It has not been easy for our continuing or new grantees, especially emerging scholars and…
News Topics: NSF Funding

Government shutdown guidance

Jan 4, 2019

As you likely know, parts of the U.S. Government shut down on December 22. Three of Penn State’s largest sponsors—NSF, NASA, and USDA--are impacted by the shutdown. Other sponsors impacted by the shutdown include Commerce, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior (including the…

Why is working memory so important to learning?

Nov 6, 2018

The National Science Foundation is spotlighting CEDR Director and PRI Affiliate Paul Morgan's recent research on working memory in their "Ask a Scientist" series.
News Topics: Memory NSF

Fall 2018 Scholarly Communications Workshops offered by University Libraries

Nov 2, 2018

This November, students, faculty and staff can participate in communications workshops that cover topics such as copyright, publishing, and National Science Foundation public access policy. The workshops, which will take place Nov. 1-15, are coordinated and led by Ana Enriquez, scholarly…
News Topics: NSF Communication

Penn State response to new NSF and NIH requirements

Oct 26, 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have recently taken steps to promote the safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff to maintain productive research and educational environments. NSF has announced that all institutions receiving NSF funds…
News Topics: NSF NIH Funding

2017-18 NSF I-Corps invent teams selected

Sep 21, 2018

Twelve entrepreneurial teams from Penn State have been selected to participate in the National Science Foundation I-Corps program. The teams receive up to $3,000, which can be used to attend industry trade shows, visit potential customers, develop prototypes and cover customer discovery expenses.…
News Topics: NSF Funding

Using social media to solve social problems

Aug 16, 2018

Social scientist rely on data to study social problems, however data from traditional surveys can be difficult and time consuming to collect, as well as inaccurate since not all factors can be measured well. A National Science Foundation-funded Penn State project will evaluate the accuracy of using…

Arthur Lupia to Lead NSF's Social Science Directorate

Jul 16, 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced that it has selected Dr. Arthur "Skip" Lupia to serve as the next head of its Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE), following the expiration of Dr. Fay Lomax Cook's term. Dr. Lupia is currently the Hal R. Varian Collegiate…
News Topics: NSF

Technology development training program to accept applications in June

May 24, 2018

Innovations, a technology development training program of Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Center for Medical Innovation, will accept applications for the 2018 program from June 1 through June 30. An informational session about the program will be held from 11 a.m. to…
News Topics: CTSI NSF

Ties between oral vocabulary and STEM difficulties to be investigated

May 22, 2018

Young children with early vocabulary difficulties in turn often have difficulty with reading during the primary grades. Penn State researchers will investigate if these oral vocabulary difficulties also lead to math and sciences difficulties throughout elementary school in a three-year, $1.5…

New research to identify what makes conversations supportive

May 18, 2018

People going through hard times often find assistance by talking about their problems with others, and the support people receive has documented health benefits. However, the quality of support can vary and what happens during conversations can determine whether or not the support is actually…

New project to investigate social media aggression

Feb 2, 2018

A recent survey found that 40 percent of American adults and 9 percent of children in grades 6-12 have experienced online harassment on social media in the last year. In light of this trend, the National Science Foundation recently awarded Penn State’s Diane Felmlee, professor of sociology, the…