University Libraries offer maps and geospatial information sessions in February

Feb 1, 2018

On Wednesdays this February, and one in March, Penn State University Libraries will offer informational sessions relating to foundational map and geospatial topics. The sessions, which do not require registration, are open to all Penn State students, staff, faculty and visitors, and remote viewing…

Bridges to Translation IV offers pilot grants

Jan 30, 2018

As part of its mission to accelerate discoveries to benefit human health, the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute will award up to $300,000 in funding for pilot projects through Bridges to Translation IV.
An RFA workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 13 at Penn State…

Second round of Integrative Studies Seed Grants available to faculty

Jan 29, 2018

The Penn State Office for General Education is soliciting faculty proposals again this year for the development of integrative studies courses. This year, the Office for General Education is looking to fund approximately 30 proposals from all current, nonretired faculty. A webinar for interested…

Brown bag software tutorials in the humanities and social sciences

Jan 23, 2018

A series of workshops titled “Software in the Humanities and Social Sciences” will continue through the spring semester and features researchers from across the University offering weekly tutorial sessions that aim to highlight a range of software options and resources in relatable topics.

NIH Clinical Trials: 15 Minute Overview Recording

Jan 23, 2018

The recent presentation NIH Clinical Trials: 15 Minute Overview (What NIH’s Definition Means for Researchers and How the ORP Can Help) and is now available to view on YouTube.  Slides are also available for the presentation (slides available as a pdf and as a Powerpoint presentation; if you need…

Penn State hosts summit to combat the opioid epidemic

Jan 23, 2018

Opioid overdose deaths in Pennsylvania increased 37 percent in 2016, ranking the state fourth in the nation. Coming on the heels of Gov. Tom Wolf’s declaration of the opioid crisis as a disaster emergency, Penn State recently held its first University-wide summit on the opioid epidemic.
The summit…

Penn State researchers developing startup to help people in addiction recovery

Jan 22, 2018

A group of Penn State researchers is developing a system — WearIT — utilizing wearable devices as tools to help individuals battle addiction.
Their idea was the winner of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania’s TechCelerator program, receiving $10,000 in December to…

Frankenberg named among RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings

Jan 21, 2018

PRI associate Erica Frankenberg was once again named among the 2018 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, identifying the university-based scholars in the U.S. who are doing the most to shape educational practice and policy.
Simply being included in this list of 200 scholars is an…

News from the Federal Statistical Research Data Center

Jan 18, 2018

The University of Pittsburgh has joined the Penn State Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC) consortium. The consortium includes Penn State, University of Pennsylvania, Drexel, Temple, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The institutions jointly oversee and fund the operation…

QuantDev Innovations Featured in The Journals of Gerontology

Jan 18, 2018

The Quantitative Developmental Systems Methodology Core (QuantDev) recently had several of their studies featured in December’s special issue of The Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. This journal presents studies that advance methodology or understanding in areas…

Baby brains help them figure it out before they try it out

Jan 17, 2018

Babies often amaze their parents when they seemingly learn new skills overnight — how to walk, for example. But their brains were probably prepping for those tasks long before their first steps occurred, according to researchers.
Researchers are using new statistical analysis methods to compare how…

News coverage of Penn State's Summit on the Opioid Epidemic

Jan 16, 2018

The Penn State Summit on the Opioid Epidemic was held Friday, Jan. 12, at 122 at Heritage Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus. The summit gathered faculty from across Penn State with the goal of developing an interdisciplinary and translational agenda aimed at combating the…

Global Programs updates travel grant applications evaluation criteria

Jan 14, 2018

Global Programs has revised evaluation criteria for their Faculty, Graduate, and Transformational travel grants applications, as well as introduced a new system for submitting application materials and trip reports. Applicants will now use Qualtrics, a popular survey program, to apply for travel…

New National Institutes of Health policies affect all researchers

Jan 14, 2018

If you hear “clinical trial” and think of a study looking at a cure for a disease, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) wants you to think again.
NIH is in the process of enhancing “the accountability and transparency of clinical research” through a number of new initiatives that impact…

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…

SSRI RFA for opioid research

Jan 10, 2018

SSRI is providing funding to increase the quantity and quality of interdisciplinary opioid research by Penn State faculty. Proposals are invited for pilot research projects aimed at solving the opioid crisis.
We seek interdisciplinary Penn State teams to develop novel translational research…

Penn State to host summit on opioid epidemic

Jan 8, 2018

By Cassie Kizis | The Daily Collegian
Over the past decade, opioid abuse has become an increasingly prevalent issue in the United States. While there are a multitude of ways this issue can harm communities, perhaps the most visible way is the death toll.
According to the Center for Disease Control…

Penn State research center to host Annie E. Casey Diversity Program Scholars

Jan 5, 2018

The Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Penn State will host two postdoctoral researchers from the second cohort of the Annie E. Casey Foundation 2018 Leader Equitable Evaluation and Diversity (LEEAD) program.
The LEEAD program, launched by the Casey Foundation in 2016, was created to…

Penn State third in rankings for federal social and behavioral science funding

Jan 4, 2018

The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) recently released the 2018 edition of their College and University Rankings for Federal Social and Behavioral R&D, which reports total federal research dollars in the social and behavioral sciences awarded to U.S. institutions.
Penn State…

Applications open for clinical and translational science training programs

Jan 3, 2018

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute is accepting applications for both its year-long and summer training programs for students interested in learning the fundamentals of translational science. These programs work to teach the next generation of scientists the skills to move…

Why Puerto Rico’s death toll from Hurricane Maria is so much higher than officials thought

Jan 2, 2018

By PRI Associate Alexis Santos for The Conversation
“If you don’t get away from those areas, you are going to die.” That phrase concluded Puerto Rico Secretary of Public Safety Héctor Pesquera’s press conference before Hurricane Maria.
Three months after the storm, he is one of the fiercest…

Social science research team funded through Penn State's Strategic Plan

Jan 1, 2018

Dr. Susan McHale, SSRI director, and her research team was recently funded for a project to support Penn State's 2016-2020 Strategic Plan. Through an innovative new funding process, Penn State is investing $2 million in its top strategic priorities, while simultaneously advancing the vital and…

Why Social Science? - Because Social Science Fosters Robust and Trustworthy Knowledge

Jan 1, 2018

By Felice J. Levine, Ph.D., Executive Director, American Educational Research Association
As Chair of the COSSA Board, it is an honor to conclude the inaugural year of “Why Social Science?” with some reflections and aspirations. When COSSA launched this initiative in 2017, the aim was to invite…