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Penn State faculty, students, and staff participate in pre-semester "R Bootcamp"

Sep 18, 2019

Heterogeneity in student backgrounds is a major hurdle to effective, broad, and inclusive education in areas such as data science. For the most part, traditional university classes are built on the idea that a uniform, linear training program is appropriate and efficient. An alternative perspective…

Penn State’s social sciences top NSF Rankings

Jun 18, 2019

The social sciences at Penn State was ranked tenth out of over 900 institutions by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in their NSF Total Research Expenditure Rankings for Fiscal Year 2017. The rankings are based on the total dollars in federal research and development expenditures of each…

Penn State represented at Congressional briefing addressing child maltreatment

Apr 10, 2019

Yo Jackson, associate director of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network and professor of psychology at Penn State, recently provided testimony on strengthening prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect to the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor’s subcommittee on Civil Rights…

Morgan authors blog post for Psychology Today

Aug 21, 2018

Paul Morgan, director for the Center for Educational Disparities Research and professor of education and demography, authored a post for Psychology Today's blog "Children who struggle: Understanding and addressing educational disparities."

Open source software valuable resource to Penn State researchers

Jun 29, 2018

OpenMx, a free and open source software that allows researchers to perform their analysis quickly and easily, has recently undergone several upgrades along with the addition of a new YouTube channel. According to Tim Brick, a member of the OpenMx development team and assistant professor of human…

Fellowship equips researchers with skills to engage community in research

Mar 19, 2018

Gina Brelsford’s daughter was born at 32 weeks in 2007 and was hospitalized in the neonatal intensive care (NICU) unit for five weeks. That experience inspired the associate professor of psychology at Penn State Harrisburg to study the role of religion and spirituality in coping by parents of…

Hormones may affect girls’ interests, but not their gender identity or playmates

Mar 5, 2018

Prenatal exposure to male hormones influences which activities girls are interested and engage in, but the effects of those hormones don’t extend to gender identity or who they socialize with, according to Penn State researchers. The researchers explored how prenatal exposure to androgens —…