Researchers analyze use of social media during Puerto Rican uprising

Aug 21, 2019

When the people of Puerto Rico took to the streets after a series of government corruption scandals this past July, a group of researchers took the opportunity to determine the role of social media in the organization and dissemination of the protests, marches and other activities that occurred.…

New studies challenge the claim that black students are sent to special ed too much

Aug 19, 2019

Column by Jill Barshay
Decades of research have documented that students of color, particularly black children, are disproportionately classified by schools as having disabilities. In 2016, 12 percent of black children across the nation received services at school for disabilities ranging from…

Fall schedule for biostatistics seminars now available

Aug 14, 2019

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute announces its Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) Research Methods Seminar Series schedule for the fall semester. The series features lectures on fundamental research methods in the fall semester, with more advanced topics…

Registration open for seminar on underrepresented population recruitment

Aug 13, 2019

A seminar titled “Recruiting Underrepresented Populations in Clinical Trials” will be presented at the next installment of the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute's Bench to Bedside and Beyond Seminar Series from noon to 1 p.m. on Aug. 20.
In addition to being held in Room H4504…

Applications open for Community Engaged Research Core Faculty Fellowship Program

Aug 6, 2019

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute‘s Community Engaged Research Core is now accepting applications for its 2020-2021 Faculty Fellowship Program.
This opportunity is open to all Penn State junior or mid-level faculty who want to advance their practice of community-engaged…

Presidential debates launch faculty member into national spotlight

Aug 6, 2019

When Erica Frankenberg co-founded the Center of Education and Civil Rights with colleague Liliana Garces, her goal was to address the racial, ethnic, economic and linguistic segregation that continues to permeate schools across our nation.
Although more than six decades have passed since school…

Are you a translational scientist?

Jul 29, 2019

By George A. Mashour, M.D., Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Clinical and Translational Science (JCTS)
Recently, an international group of investigators who are part of the Translation Together consortium defined the ideal characteristics of a translational scientist. Recall that translational…

Morgan cited in new federal report on race and school discipline

Jul 23, 2019

Lauren Camera, Education Reporter, U.S. News & World Report
Black students with disabilities are disciplined more often than their white peers, pushing them into the school-to-prison pipeline at higher rates, a new report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights shows – just the latest finding…

Machine learning in critical care

Jul 23, 2019

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are currently being heralded as a way to address societal challenges, including healthcare. Vasant Honavar, professor and Edward Frymoyer Chair of Information Sciences and Technology, was recently featured as the author of the guest editorial for the…

Penn State’s Institutional Review Board program announces updates to structure

Jul 23, 2019

Penn State investigators conducting research with people — whether surveys or clinical trials, secondary data analysis or educational interventions — work with the University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) Program. The IRBs work to protect the rights and welfare of research participants and…

What school segregation looks like in the US today, in 4 charts

Jul 19, 2019

By Erica Frankenburg, for The Conversation
Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris, a senator from California, has spoken about how she benefited from attending Berkeley’s desegregated schools.
“There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public…

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…

Penn State to host first international conference on Project Drawdown research

Jul 19, 2019

Penn State, in partnership with Project Drawdown, will hold the first international conference on climate solutions, based on the 2017 New York Times best-seller “Drawdown, The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.” The conference, titled “Research to Action: The Science…

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…

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…

Film on Puerto Rico, energy policy to premiere at Penn State

Jul 10, 2019

“DisemPOWERed: Puerto Rico's Perfect Storm,” a film that examines the reasons why Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, will premiere at Penn State. The screening will occur at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, in Foster Auditorium in Pattee Library.
Following the screening there will be a…

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…

Though politically divided, Americans remain patriotic

Jul 2, 2019

Beyond fireworks and outdoor parties, the Fourth of July provides an opportunity for citizens across the United States to reflect on what it means to be an American. Despite increasing polarization, people across the political spectrum appear to be largely united on what it means to be patriotic,…

Penn State College of Medicine will collaborate for medical marijuana research

Jul 2, 2019

Penn State College of Medicine and PA Options for Wellness will work together to investigate the potential benefits and risks of using marijuana extracts to treat a variety of health issues.
“I think this unique opportunity places the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the forefront of promoting high-…

Penn State team supports implementation of novel Pennsylvania Rural Health Model

Jul 2, 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…

Community-Engaged Research Day fosters collaborative partnerships

Jul 2, 2019

Community leaders and scientists shared breakfast and sought solutions to problems like opioids, obesity and depression June 6 at the Community-Engaged Research Day.
The Community-Engaged Research Core of Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute hosted the event at Dixon University…

Penn State-led national coalition bringing prevention science to life

Jun 21, 2019

Over the past four decades, prevention science has grown steadily, producing evidence-based practices and policies that prevent negative medical, social and emotional impacts before they occur. Increasingly, the Penn State-led National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives(NPSC) is being…

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,…

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…

Penn State podcast series covering issues impacting democracy

Jun 18, 2019

Penn State podcast series covering issues impacting democracy
Penn State’s The McCourtney Institute for Democracy has crafted an intellectual podcast series, Democracy Works, to highlight issues in American democracy. Instead of bipartisan debate, the series addresses problems from a broader…