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Eliminating smoking and obesity could affect racial health disparities

Mar 12, 2019

Obesity and smoking are the two leading causes of preventable deaths in the U.S., yet their full impact on health disparities is still being uncovered. Michelle Frisco, associate professor of sociology and demography and Social Science Research Institute co-funded faculty member at Penn State, is…

Children’s race, not disability status, may predict more frequent suspension

Jan 23, 2019

Suspension is one way schools discipline students, but the high number of and disparities in suspensions in the U.S. has sparked controversy and policy debate. New research, led by Paul L. Morgan, Harry and Marion Eberly Fellow, professor of education and demography, and director of Penn State’s…

Why Social Science? - Because It Can Challenge Conventional Wisdom

Aug 29, 2018

By Olugbenga Ajilore, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics, University of Toledo Social science research provides evidence that helps us understand the drivers of social problems. A lot of times, this evidence is in contrast to the conventional wisdom and may on the face of it seem…

Research on racial disparities in disability identification cited by the Brookings Institution

Apr 9, 2018

Three Penn State researchers and their colleague replicated an earlier but provocative study that found that minority children are less likely to be identified as having disabilities as they attend U.S. schools. Their work is now being cited in a new analysis by the Brookings Institution, which…

Morgan's study named fourth most read in Educational Researcher

Jan 11, 2018

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) recently announced their most read education research articles of 2017. Paul Morgan, director of the Center for Educational Disparities Research and professor of education, and his research team had the fourth most read study in the publication…