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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…

Podcast episode explores how the Census impacts public health

Apr 3, 2020

Decisions about where to build hospitals and how to allocate emergency medical equipment are critical during a pandemic, and driven by a source you might not expect. This week’s episode of the Democracy Works podcast, produced by the McCourtney Institute for Democracy and WPSU, examines the role…

About nine family members to suffer grief from every COVID-19 fatality

Apr 3, 2020

Deaths from COVID-19 will have a ripple effect causing impacts on the mental health and health of surviving family members. But the extent of that impact has been hard to assess until now. Every death from COVID-19 will impact approximately nine surviving family members, according to a study. In a…

Take Note: Penn State Prof. Jenny Van Hook On Coronavirus And The Census

Apr 3, 2020

SSRI cofund and PRI affiliate Jenny Van Hook is interviewed for WPSU's Take Note on the consequences of a Census undercount. Van Hook is the Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology and Demography at Penn State and a former member of the Census Advisory Board. She was an expert witness in the legal fight…

Grief from COVID-19 impact may trigger secondary health and mental health crisis

Apr 3, 2020

The loss of life caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic may just be the first tragic wave to hit the country, according to researchers. Grief from the deaths of close relatives and a sudden loss of support could create serious health, mental health and economic issues for grieving family members…

Marching for change: 2017 Women’s March met with mostly positive support online

Apr 3, 2020

Large protest events can be divisive, spurring an outpouring of both support and opposition. But new Penn State research found that the 2017 Women’s March, which championed goals in support of women and human rights, was met with mostly positive support on social media, with relatively few negative…

Fighting coronavirus fear with empathy: Lessons learned from how Africans got blamed for Ebola

Feb 7, 2020

This article was originally written for The Conversation by Kevin Thomas, professor of sociology, demography, and African studies. With coronavirus cases exploding in China, the U.S. is once again responding to a global epidemic. Five years ago, when the Ebola virus infected more than 28,000 people…

Progressive gender views may protect health of financially dependent men

Nov 26, 2019

As it becomes more common for women to be the breadwinner of their family, men’s health may be affected depending on their views on gender ideology, according to Penn State researchers. The researchers found that men who were financially dependent on their wives and who also had more traditional…

Short to deliver De Jong Lecture in Social Demography on Nov. 21

Oct 29, 2019

Susan Short, professor of sociology and director of the Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University, will deliver the 14th annual De Jong Lecture in Social Demography at 9 a.m. Nov. 21 at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State’s University Park campus. Short’s research focuses on…

Helping Alaskan coastal communities adjust to global warming

Sep 3, 2019

Alaskan coastal Indigenous communities are facing severe environmental changes that threaten to irrevocably damage their way of life. A $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will allow Penn State researchers to assist local communities with foreseeable environmental challenges…

Counting 11 million undocumented immigrants is easier than Trump thinks

Jul 19, 2019

By Jennifer Van Hook for The Conversation It is now clear that there will be no question about citizenship on the 2020 U.S. Census. After the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration, President Trump vowed to find a way to include the question. But with no legal path forward and time…

Trustees approve architect for Liberal Arts research and teaching building

Jul 19, 2019

The appointment of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ) of Wilkes‐Barre, Pennsylvania, as architect for the Liberal Arts Research and Teaching Building to be constructed on the University Park campus was approved today (July 18) by the Penn State Board of Trustees. BCJ was selected based on its work with…

Administrative Data Accelerator partnering with consumer data company

Jul 16, 2019

Penn State's Administrative Data Accelerator has selected consumer identity management expert Infutor to support research that informs policy and improves lives. Located in the College of Health and Human Development’s Prevention Research Center, and supported by the Social Science Research…

Penn State hosts second annual Summer Institute on Migration Research Methods

Jul 3, 2019

Successful research methods regarding immigration and migrant populations was the focus of the 2019 Summer Institute on Migration Research Methods, held recently at Penn State’s University Park campus. Jennifer Van Hook, Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology and Demography and a Social Science…

Penn State team supports implementation of novel Pennsylvania Rural Health Model

Jul 1, 2019

Pennsylvania is the first state in the nation to design and implement an alternative payment model focused solely on rural hospitals, with an emphasis on both containing health care spending and transforming care to better meet community needs. A multi-disciplinary team of Penn State faculty and…

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…

Despite dire predictions, levels of social support remain steady in the U.S.

Jun 14, 2019

Although Americans have faced waves of social, technological and economic disruption over the last few decades, a new study indicates that their perceptions of available social support have remained steady and, in some cases, may even be strengthening. In a study that examined data that spans…

Jensen co-authors chapter in Gender, Agriculture and Agrarian Transformations

May 30, 2019

Leif Jensen, associate director of SSRI and distinguished professor of rural sociology and demography, co-authored a chapter in Gender, Agriculture and Agrarian Transformations edited by Carolyn Sachs, professor emerita of rural sociology. Jensen and other authors wrote the section titled 14…

U.S. Births Fell To A 32-Year Low In 2018; CDC Says Birthrate Is In Record Slump

May 22, 2019

The U.S. birthrate fell again in 2018, to 3,788,235 births — representing a 2% drop from 2017. It's the lowest number of births in 32 years, according to a new federal report. The numbers also sank the U.S. fertility rate to a record low. Not since 1986 has the U.S. seen so few babies born. And it'…

'A Conference on the Study of Lives through Time' to be held at Penn State

May 20, 2019

The Center for Life Course and Longitudinal Studies (C2LS) will host “It’s About Time: A Conference on the Study of Lives through Time,” on Wednesday-Thursday, May 29-30, at the Penn Stater Conference Center on the University Park campus. All those who are interested are welcome to attend.…

DeJong Discusses 50 years with the State College Choral Society

May 3, 2019

Gordon DeJong, co-founder of the Population Research Institute and a distinguished professor emeritus of sociology and demography, is celebrating 50 years with the State College Choral Society. He has served on the organization’s board for eight years and has established the DeJong Oratorio…

Understanding opioid users' views on fentanyl could help reduce overdoses

Apr 23, 2019

Opioid users fear accidental overdoses from street drugs laced with fentanyl, but unpredictable drug quality means they often lack reliable strategies to avoid it, according to a team of researchers who suggest that fentanyl test strips may reduce overdose deaths. "The opioid crisis is one of the…

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…

Researchers to compare Twitter opinions on climate change with real-world views

Apr 14, 2019

How do regional opinions on Twitter represent real-world attitudes toward climate change? A team of researchers will work to find out, thanks to a recent seed grant from the Social Science Research Instituteat Penn State. In their study, the researchers will construct a Twitter-driven regional…

Firebaugh receives 2018 American Sociological Association Award

Sep 19, 2018

Glenn Firebaugh, Roy C. Buck Professor of American Institutions and professor of sociology and demography, received the 2018 American Sociological Association Methodology Section Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award. This award recognizes sociologist who have contributed to the field of sociological…