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…

Career expo to feature on crime, law, and policy agencies and organizations

Oct 16, 2019

The Criminal Justice Research Center will be hosting its inaugural crime, law, and policy-focused career expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center. The Government and Public Sector Career Expo will allow students to access various agencies and organizations…

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…

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…

New tool available to explore feasibility of multi-site clinical studies

Oct 3, 2019

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute now offers a tool for research population discovery and study feasibility for multi-site clinical studies. The Accrual to Clinical Trials (ACT) Network is a real-time, open-access platform for researchers throughout the National Institutes of…

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…

Bench to Bedside and Beyond seminar on Oct. 16 to focus on funding opportunities

Sep 30, 2019

The Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute will present “Funding Opportunities Unique to Clinical and Translational Science Institute” at its next Bench to Bedside and Beyond Seminar Series, set for noon to 1 p.m. on Oct. 16.
In addition to being held in H4504 at the Penn State…

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…

Penn State faculty, students, and staff participate in pre-semester "R Bootcamp"

Sep 18, 2019

Heterogeneity in student backgrounds is a major hurdle to effective, broad, and inclusive education in areas such as data science. For the most part, traditional university classes are built on the idea that a uniform, linear training program is appropriate and efficient. An alternative perspective…

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…

AI in action: Seminars to explore artificial intelligence research possibilities

Sep 4, 2019

Artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms are already integrated into most of the electronic devices that we use and are powering the global economy’s transformation. But, analysts also warn that AI may have negative effects. For example, American market research company Forrester…

School district secessions shown to have deepened racial segregation

Sep 4, 2019

Since 2000, school district secessions in the South have increasingly sorted white and black students, and white and Hispanic students, into separate school systems, weakening the potential to improve school integration, according to a new study published today (Sept. 4) in AERA Open, a peer-…

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…

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…

ScholarSphere: Measuring the impact of open-access publishing

Sep 3, 2019

Effective Sept. 1, users of ScholarSphere, Penn State’s institutional repository service, will receive monthly reports detailing the impact of the research products they have contributed, including preprints, posters, data sets, research software and other open-access scholarly products. 

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…

NIH to begin requiring ORCID ID for many awards

Aug 29, 2019

The NIH, as well as several academic journals across disciplines, are now requiring (or soon will be) the use of an ORCID ID when submitting certain proposals or papers. The benefits to the worldwide research community are many - identification by the non-profit organization, ORCID, helps…

Study: Black students less likely to be identified as having disabilities

Aug 28, 2019

Black and Latino students in the South are less likely to be identified as having learning disabilities when compared to their White peers, according to a study that will be published in a forthcoming issue of Exceptional Children.
The most stark results included the number of Black students who…

Penn State, Monash University announce second year of joint projects

Aug 28, 2019

In 2018, Penn State and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia launched the Joint Collaboration Development Program, a jointly financed seed-fund program with the aim to collaborate on research projects. The first round of seed funding saw 23 projects funded. The two institutions have committed…

SBIR Road Tour coming to University Park on Sept. 19

Aug 26, 2019

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) national SBIR Road Tour is coming to Penn State's University Park campus on Sept. 19 as part of a 16-stop tour to connect entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to the country’s largest source of early-stage funding — the Small Business…