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SSRI announces large pilot grants program

Nov 3, 2021

Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute invites proposals of up to $75,000 for innovative pilot research projects that contribute to SSRI’s strategic mission of fostering interdisciplinary research that addresses critical human and social problems at the local, national, and international…
News Topics: SSRIFunding

McHale featured in Best and Worst Places to Raise a Family feature

Jun 15, 2021

SSRI Director Susan McHale is featured as an expert in WalletHub's 2021 Best and Worst Places to Raise a Family feature. Read McHale's insight and advice here.
News Topics: SSRI

Morgan's research cited in report on using science and policy to advance health

Dec 13, 2019

Paul Morgan, director of the Center for Educational Disparities Research and PRI affiliate, and his research team's finding on disparities in disability identification are repeatedly cited in Vibrant and Healthy Kids, the new National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine report on using…

Mood of the Nation Poll examines gun control as case reaches Supreme Court

Dec 4, 2019

The Supreme Court’s decision on a New York City gun regulation could mean the first significant judicial action on gun reform in nearly a decade — at a time when the McCourtney Institute for Democracy’s Mood of the Nation Poll finds that a majority of Americans support stricter regulations for gun…

SSRI Fall Gathering 2019

Dec 1, 2019

Faculty and staff from all of SSRI's units recently gathered together at the Hintz Family Alumni Center to celebrate major accomplishments of the year and to announce staff awards. The “Above and Beyond Award” was given to Avery Urusow from the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness. Diane…

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…

NIH Requests Public Comment on a Draft Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental Draft Guidance

Nov 26, 2019

NIH recently released a Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and supplemental draft guidance for public comment. The purpose of this draft policy and supplemental draft guidance is to promote effective and efficient data management and sharing that furthers NIH’s commitment to making…

Conference explores role of institutions of higher education in extreme weather

Nov 15, 2019

As the number of extreme weather events associated to climate change continues to grow world-wide, it is becoming increasingly important that institutions of higher education reflect on their role both before and after catastrophic events. The “RISE CONFERENCE 2019: Transforming University…

Registration open for a seminar on building community collaborations

Nov 6, 2019

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute presents “Building Effective Community Collaborations” at its next Bench to Bedside and Beyond Seminar Series from noon to 1 p.m. on Nov. 21.  In addition to being held at 116 Henderson at the University Park campus, the session will be…

New project to track post-prison trajectories of men living with addiction

Oct 31, 2019

Despite widespread national attention, the opioid epidemic and larger problems of substance use and misuse continue to deeply affect communities across Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. The impact of the opioid crisis and other substance abuse problems hits even harder for people grappling…

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…

Nov. 20 seminar seeks to expand research software developers' toolkits

Oct 29, 2019

Software is an indispensable tool for researchers using advanced or high-performance computing methods in their work. It enables them to analyze data sets, develop simulations and visualizations, and build sophisticated models. Yet the value of software developed by researchers is sometimes…

Online guidebook now available for conducting clinical research at Penn State

Oct 29, 2019

An online guidebook detailing the clinical research process and available support resources at Penn State is now available for faculty and staff at all University campuses. Based on a guidebook released last year specifically for Penn State College of Medicine, it is a collaborative effort of Penn…

New REDCap feature protects from 'bot' respondents

Oct 18, 2019

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s data collection and storage tool, REDCap, now offers an option to protect against malicious software, known as "bots," from completing fraudulent surveys. When completing a survey, users will complete a CAPTCHA process. CAPTCHA is short for…

27th Annual National Symposium on Family Issues will take place Oct. 21-22

Oct 9, 2019

Helping children develop healthy diets is no easy task. The practice is dependent on the crucial roles families play in children’s eating behaviors and orientations toward food. The 2019 National Symposium on Family Issues will provide an overview of the many interconnections between families and…

Reminder to Review Accuracy of Grant Information Before October 11

Oct 7, 2019

We make data on all funded NIH grants available to the public on the RePORT website. One of the ways we provide information is by school/department, which you can explore using the Awards by Location feature. Because of inconsistencies in the way information on department and school names are…
News Topics: NIHSSRIFunding

Registration open for a seminar on increasing policy relevance of research

Oct 7, 2019

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute presents “Increasing Policy Relevance of Research” at its next Bench to Bedside and Beyond Seminar Series from noon to 1 p.m. on Oct. 25.  In addition to being held in H4504 at the College of Medicine, the session will be streamed to 116…

Pilot funding available for collaborative projects that improve human health

Oct 7, 2019

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute is accepting letters of intent to apply for its Bridges to Translation VI pilot grant program. Pilot grants are available for up to $50,000. The institute expects to fund three-to-five projects. Penn State Clinical and Translational Science…

How Do We Make Evidence Have an Impact? Podcast

Oct 2, 2019

The latest episode of the "Ask the Experts" series features Max Crowley, assistant professor of human development and family studies and director of SSRI’s Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative. 

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…
News Topics: FundingResearchSSRI

Why Social Science? - Because It Tells Us How to Create More Engaged Citizens

Sep 25, 2019

By Adam Seth Levine, PhD, Associate Professor of Government, Cornell University; President, research4impact Engaged citizens are not born. They are made. Leaders of voluntary civic associations play a critical role in this process. They offer people opportunities to exercise their voice on issues…

Denise Solomon named distinguished scholar by National Communication Association

Sep 11, 2019

Denise Haunani Solomon, professor and head of the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences in the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts, has received the 2019 Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communication Association (NCA). She will receive the award during the association’s…

Evidence lights the way

Sep 5, 2019

By Adam Gamoran, Science Magazine These are dark times for science and public policy in the United States. In June, it was revealed that the White House suppressed the congressional testimony of a State Department scientist on the implications of climate change for national security—just the latest…

Penn State researchers lead the way in Water-Energy-Food research in Africa

Sep 3, 2019

Three Penn State researchers — Rachel Brennan, in the College of Engineering, and Mike Jacobson and Brian Thiede, in the College of Agricultural Sciences — recently received $250,000 in University Strategic Plan seed fundingto address global Water-Energy-Food (WEF) challenges. The award, said…

Why Social Science? - Because Social Science Is a Form of Service that Improves Quality of Life for People Around the World

Aug 29, 2019

By Arthur Lupia, PhD, Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation  If you are reading these words, chances are you are a social scientist or someone who cares about social science. Either way, I am grateful to you and everyone who devotes…