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Post Doctoral Scholar Position

Apr 3, 2020

JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS: The Population Research Institute (PRI) at The Pennsylvania State University (University Park) anticipates an 1-2 openings for a postdoctoral fellow in the NICHD-supported Social Environments and Population Health training program, starting on or about…

Seed funding available for social and behavioral sciences

Oct 2, 2019

Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) is announcing the availability of Level 1 and Level 2 funding to support faculty members in the social and behavioral sciences at Penn State. “We are interested in supporting new research programs that address critical human and social problems…

Why Social Science? - Because It Can Improve the Lives of Those Who Serve Our Country

Jun 20, 2019

By Leanne K. Knobloch, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Communication, University of Illinois & Steven R. Wilson, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Communication, University of South Florida Throughout our nation’s history, members of the U.S. military have served our country with honor, courage,…

Summer 2019 Scholarly Communications Workshops offered by University Libraries

Jun 5, 2019

This summer, students, faculty and staff can participate in communications workshops that cover topics such as open access, copyright and fair-use policies. The workshops, which take place through Aug. 13, are coordinated by Ana Enriquez, scholarly communications outreach librarian, and will take…

Why communicate social sciences?

May 16, 2019

Bringing attention to and communicating the social sciences effectively is just as important as the research and findings scientists work so diligently to uncover. This is the message Alan Leshner, CEO Emeritus of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), relayed to the…

Accomplishments of the Behavioral and Social Sciences

Apr 24, 2019

For a number of years, OBSSR has made available a fact sheet that lists some key accomplishments of health-related behavioral and social sciences research. That fact sheet, developed in 2013, is becoming dated and is a short list of only a few key accomplishments resulting from behavioral and…

Why Social Science? - Because It Helps to Address Graduate Unemployment in Sub-Saharan Africa

Apr 23, 2019

By Joseph K. Assan, PhD, Assistant Professor of International Political Economy of Sustainable Development, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University Social scientists are actively involved in working with government officials, academics, the private sector, NGOs and…

SSRI RV available to researchers

Mar 22, 2019

The SSRI RV is a resource available for researchers to facilitate future projects aimed at external funding. Currently, the RV is currently being used by Janet van Hell, professor of psychology and linguistics, in school locations to conduct neurocognitive research. In the past, the RV has also…
News Topics: Research

New website will help researchers navigate cyberinfrastructure resources

Feb 28, 2019

The Office of the Vice President for Research has launched cyberinfrastructure.psu.eduto help faculty and staff find data, cyber, programming and IT resources available to researchers at Penn State. The site covers broad categories that include, but are not limited to, data storage, cloud computing…

Sharkey shares impact of Penn State research across University and beyond

Feb 25, 2019

Since the University’s founding when Penn State’s first president Evan Pugh set forth the college’s research vision in 1859, innovation and knowledge creation have been a foundational element of the land-grant mission, according to Neil Sharkey, vice president for research.  Describing research as…

Funding agency investigations emphasize need for researcher disclosures

Feb 20, 2019

As international research collaboration continues to grow at Penn State and universities across the U.S., investigators are urged to carefully review the disclosure of their international affiliations. While the vast majority of international collaborations are acceptable — and encouraged — it is…

Disclosure of foreign affiliations

Feb 19, 2019

Investigators submitting proposals and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) to NIH should know it is critically important that they accurately identify any foreign collaborations associated with their research. Question 6.a. on the “RESEARCH & RELATED Other Project Information” form…
News Topics: NIH Research

Penn State Geography class wins regional competition

Feb 1, 2019

Penn State’s Geography 421 class was recently named a regional winner in the first Draw the Lines PA mapping competition. The class is led by PRI affiliate, Christopher Fowler, assistant professor of geography. Fowler discovered the Draw the Lines after a Google search and took his findings to his…

Libraries offers maps and geospatial info sessions for Spring 2019

Jan 25, 2019

This spring, Penn State University Libraries will offer informational sessions relating to foundational map and geospatial topics. These sessions are aimed to provide an introduction to maps and geospatial resources and expertise available at the Penn State University Libraries, and These sessions…

NIH course will train students on effective research methods

Jan 23, 2019

The NIH Clinical Center's new course will focus on the spectrum of clinical research and the research process. Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research will train students on how to effectively and safely conduct clinical research. The course will be of interest to…
News Topics: NIH Research

TOME grant funds available for Penn State open access monographs

Dec 12, 2018

Penn State is among the first universities to commit funds to an initiative designed to support the peer-reviewed, open access monographs known as Toward Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME). Launched in 2017, TOME is a higher education initiative that provides publishing grants of up to $15,000 for…
News Topics: Funding Research

Vice President for Research Neil Sharkey to retire in June 2019

Oct 30, 2018

Neil Sharkey, vice president for research at Penn State, has announced that he will retire on June 30, 2019, after a 22-year career at the University. A national search will begin immediately to identify his successor. Sharkey has led Penn State’s research enterprise since August 2013, initially as…

IRB International Research Workshop

Sep 25, 2018

Join the Office for Research Protections and Institutional Review board for a workshop on human subjects and compliance challenges with international research. “Human Subjects Research in International Contexts: A Question and Answer Session” will take place Tuesday, November 6, 9 - 10 a.m. in 110…
News Topics: Workshop Research

Why Social Science? - Because It’s Proliferating

Sep 25, 2018

By Alondra Nelson, President, Social Science Research Council Social scientists and the research we pursue with such passion are being buffeted on all fronts, a fact not unknown to frequent visitors to this space. Today social scientists confront scarcities: of funding, of career opportunities in…

$6.3 million grant will fund video library of moms and babies at play

Sep 11, 2018

When toddlers play, there’s more going on than meets the eye. Play and other natural activities parents engage in help developing children build social, emotional and locomotor skills, among others. To help tease apart these processes, a team of researchers led by Penn State and New York University…

University Libraries offers maps and geospatial info sessions for fall 2018

Sep 10, 2018

This fall, Penn State University Libraries will once again offer informational sessions relating to foundational map and geospatial topics. Some sessions may be similar or build upon topics from previous offerings, but one new session this semester will introduce users to ArcGIS Pro, a new ArcGIS…

Biases may stoke victim blaming, or reduce it, no matter what the crime

Jun 25, 2018

General biases may be at work when people blame or criticize victims of crimes, including rape and robbery victims, according to criminologists. These biases may lead them to criticize, or avoid the criticism of victims of rape and other crimes, they added. In two studies on the role biases play in…

CFP Consortium Webinar on Bridging Research and Policy

Apr 10, 2018

A recording of the CFP Consortium webinar on Bridging Research and Policy is now available, please click here to view it on SRCD's YouTube channel. The next Consortium webinar will be on Thursday, May 3 and will focus on computational thinking and robotics in early childhood. Please click here to…

Libraries surveying faculty on digital technologies’ impact

Mar 12, 2018

Penn State University Libraries is conducting a survey of all Penn State faculty about the impact of digital technologies on research, teaching and publishing. The survey will be conducted from Tuesday, March 13, to Tuesday, April 10, in partnership with national research organization Ithaka S+R,…

NIH Announces Inclusion Across the Lifespan Policy

Feb 12, 2018

By Mike Lauer Last month, NIH announced a revision (NOT-OD-18-116) to a decades-old policy originally conceived in response to concerns that children were not appropriately included in clinical research. These changes broaden the policy to address inclusion of research participants of all ages, and…
News Topics: NIH Research