Health behavior and social science data among projects winning strategic support

Apr 30, 2019

Initiatives that include studying the sustainable management of forests using Penn State forestland as a living laboratory; developing professional development and instructional tools for educators to teach difficult historical and social subjects; and a summer program designed to prepare students…

$1.2 million NSF grant funds interdisciplinary Child Study Center project

Apr 24, 2019

“STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] skills have not been a priority in early childhood education,” said Evan Pugh University Professor Karen Bierman, director of the Penn State Child Study Center housed in the Department of Psychology in the College of the Liberal Arts. “…

Accomplishments of the Behavioral and Social Sciences

Apr 24, 2019

For a number of years, OBSSR has made available a fact sheet that lists some key accomplishments of health-related behavioral and social sciences research. That fact sheet, developed in 2013, is becoming dated and is a short list of only a few key accomplishments resulting from behavioral and…

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…

LinkedIn Learning coming to Penn State

Apr 23, 2019

The online learning and professional development platform long used by Penn State students, faculty and staff will be upgraded in August when becomes LinkedIn Learning.
Despite the name change, LinkedIn Learning will retain features popular with users while adding new…

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…

Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse Conference adds speakers

Apr 17, 2019

Still on the fence about coming to the conference? We just found out that Anne Herron, acting director in the Office of the Director at the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) at SAMHSA will also be joining us! The activities of her office include working to close the gap between…

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

Apr 15, 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…

Chi publishes first book on spatial regression methods

Apr 11, 2019

After taking ten years to complete research and writing, SSRI co-fund Guangqing Chi recently published his book, “Spatial Regression Models for the Social Sciences” with co-author Jun Zhu. The book serves as a primer type of textbook for social scientists who would like a quick start to learning…

Registration now open for seminar on generalizability of Twitter data

Apr 11, 2019

Guangqing Chi, associate professor of rural sociology and demography and public health sciences and SSRI co-funded faculty, will present “The Generalizability and Replicability of Twitter Data for Population (and Health) Research” at the next Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD)…

Register Today for the CCSA Conference

Apr 10, 2019

There is still time to register for the Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse's first annual conference, Envisioning a Future Free from Addiction: Research, Programs, and Practice to Prevent Substance Abuse, to be held Monday, April 29, on Penn State’s University Park campus at the Hetzel Union…

Penn State represented at Congressional briefing addressing child maltreatment

Apr 10, 2019

Yo Jackson, associate director of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network and professor of psychology at Penn State, recently provided testimony on strengthening prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect to the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor’s subcommittee on Civil Rights…

National symposium to mark 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

Apr 9, 2019

To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, the Center for Education and Civil Rights and the Africana Research Center at Penn State will convene Brown@65, a national symposium of education, law and policy scholars and practitioners, May 10 on Penn…

PRI announces seed grant recipients

Apr 9, 2019

The Population Research Institute (PRI) announced its recent seed grant winners, Mary Shenk, Molly Martin and Sarah Damaske.
Shenk is an associate professor of anthropology and demography and is a faculty affiliate of PRI. She submitted her project “How objective and subjective environmental…

Building and Using Evidence to Improve Government Effectiveness

Apr 1, 2019

This chapter in the FY2020 President’s Budget discusses the importance of evidence in improving government effectiveness and strategies to learn and improve, including learning agendas, program evaluation, harnessing data, and promoting transparency and accountability. 

Scanlon Named AJAC Editor-In-Chief

Mar 29, 2019

The American Journal of Accountable Care® (AJAC) is pleased to announce that Dennis P. Scanlon, previously associate editor of the Journal, is editor-in-chief as of the March 2019 issue.
Scanlon is a distinguished professor of health policy and administration and director of the Center for Health…

NIH Releases Protocol Template for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Involving Humans

Mar 29, 2019

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched a new protocol template to help behavioral and social science researchers prepare research protocols for human studies measuring social or behavioral outcomes.
The protocol template is an effective resource for communicating the science, methods…

Why Social Science? - Because Social Science Equips Us with Tools We Will Need to Face Down the Biggest Issues of Our Time, Including the Growing Global Threat of Climate Change

Mar 27, 2019

By The Honorable Paul Tonko, United States Representative, New York’s 20th Congressional District, U.S. House of Representatives
Our Earth is in crisis. More frequent and severe droughts, rising sea-levels, extreme weather and ecological damage are already here, with more loss and hardship on the…

SSRI RV available to researchers

Mar 22, 2019

The SSRI RV is a resource available for researchers to facilitate future projects aimed at external funding. Currently, the RV is currently being used by Janet van Hell, professor of psychology and linguistics, in school locations to conduct neurocognitive research. In the past, the RV has also…

Penn State research team advances health equity in Pennsylvania

Mar 20, 2019

Penn State researchers recently contributed to the “The State of Health Equity in PA” report, compiled by the Pennsylvania Department of Health through the Office of Health Equity (OHE).
Max Crowley, director of the Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative and assistant professor in human development and…

Crowley and Scott to speak at American Youth Policy Forum

Mar 19, 2019

Penn State’s Max Crowley and Taylor Scott, along with Emily Douglas, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will be presenting on the Research-to-Policy Collaboration Model at the American Youth Policy Forum taking place March 25, 10 – 11:30 a.m. in Washington D.C.
At the forum, “Evidence-Based Policy:…

Inaugural substance abuse conference to be held April 29 at University Park

Mar 15, 2019

Penn State’s Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (CCSA) will host a conference to bring together researchers, practitioners, policymakers, foundation representatives, and the public to discuss significant and emerging problems in combating substance abuse.
“Envisioning a Future Free from Addiction…

Registration open for seminar on how views on time affect teams

Mar 15, 2019

“The Clocks That Time Us: Navigating Temporal Differences in Teams” will be presented at the next Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute Bench to Bedside and Beyond Seminar Series, from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 28. 
In addition to being held in 116 Henderson Building at…

Penn State research highlighted in OSSBR Connector

Mar 13, 2019

Physiological indicators for personalized medicine: towards optimal behavioral interventions for at-risk children
Personalized healthcare has the potential to optimize the effectiveness of behavioral interventions. Recent research supported by NICHD, NIDA, and co-funded by OBSSR looked at how…

Eliminating smoking and obesity could affect racial health disparities

Mar 12, 2019

Obesity and smoking are the two leading causes of preventable deaths in the U.S., yet their full impact on health disparities is still being uncovered.
Michelle Frisco, associate professor of sociology and demography and Social Science Research Institute co-funded faculty member at Penn State, is…