Data+Music concert to be held at Penn State

Jan 7, 2019

Percussionists Robyn Schulkowsky and Joey Baron will join with Nilam Ram, professor of human development and family studies at Penn State, to explore sonic transformations of dyadic data and musical improvisation at the “Data-Musik House Concert”, taking place January 17 at 8 p.m. in the Ruth Pike…

Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods to be held at Penn State

Jan 6, 2019

Penn State will host the second Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods from June 9-16 at the Millennium Science Complex at University Park.
The institute helps train early career researchers in best practices and in methodologies particularly relevant to the study of immigration and migrant…

Government shutdown guidance

Jan 3, 2019

As you likely know, parts of the U.S. Government shut down on December 22.
Three of Penn State’s largest sponsors—NSF, NASA, and USDA--are impacted by the shutdown. Other sponsors impacted by the shutdown include Commerce, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior (including the…

How faculty can engage in policy as experts will be topic of Jan. 28 meeting

Jan 2, 2019

How Penn State faculty members and researchers can engage in policy as experts will be the focus of a meeting hosted by the Institutes of Energy and the Environment with the Office of Government and Community Relations at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, in 233 HUB-Robeson Center.
This meeting is a…

Applications now open for student translational research training programs

Jan 2, 2019

The Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute is accepting applications for both its yearlong 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…

Fourth cycle of proposals sought for strategic initiative seed grant funding

Jan 2, 2019

Penn State community members, including faculty, staff and students, are invited to submit ideas for pilot projects that are aimed at supporting the University’s strategic plan to advance innovation, research, learning and engagement at the University and beyond.
The due date for proposals for the…

Unique graduate student cohort will explore gender and agriculture

Dec 19, 2018

Faculty in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are spearheading an initiative that will provide selected doctoral students with the opportunity for extensive study on gender and its relationship to agricultural production.
"This student cohort will look at unexplored areas to yield…

New NIH Parent Announcements and Review Criteria for Research Grant Applications

Dec 17, 2018

NIH recently provided updated information for 2019 submissions.
First is the announcement of changes to R01, R03, and R21 Parent Announcements which can be found on the NIH website at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/parent_announcements.htm.
Beginning 01/05/2019:
Activity Code(s)
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COSSA December Headlines Webchat

Dec 16, 2018

Missed the recent COSSA Headlines webchat? You can watch the recording and view the slides now to catch up on our recap of the month's most important social science news and a discussion with special guest Dr. William (Bill) Riley, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of…

Security Center accepting applications for spring 2019 seed grants

Dec 12, 2018

The Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) is accepting applications for its spring 2019 Seed Grant Program to support security-related scholarship and educational programs at Penn State. University faculty and researchers are eligible to apply by Feb. 15. Applications should be…

TOME grant funds available for Penn State open access monographs

Dec 12, 2018

Penn State is among the first universities to commit funds to an initiative designed to support the peer-reviewed, open access monographs known as Toward Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME).
Launched in 2017, TOME is a higher education initiative that provides publishing grants of up to $15,000 for…

Ashton Verdery featured on Methodology Center podcast

Dec 10, 2018

Methodology Minutes, the new Methodology Center podcasts, provides updates on the Center’s methods, applications, and events. The 15 to 30 minute podcasts feature assistant professors, the Center’s Directors, research associates and more. They cover secondary data analysis, issues with collecting…

SSRI Annual Report now available

Dec 7, 2018

The Social Science Research Institute’s 2017-2018 Annual Report contains an overview the Institute’s research units and activities and includes the announcement of two new initiatives, the Integrated Data Systems Consortium and the Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse.
Additionally, the report…

Seed funding available to combat substance abuse

Dec 7, 2018

Penn State’s Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (CCSA) is seeking to support interdisciplinary teams of Penn State researchers whose work is aimed at combating opioid and other substance abuse.
CCSA Interim Director Stephanie Lanza, professor of biobehavioral health and director of the Edna…

Mood of the Nation Poll examines empathy, or lack thereof, between parties

Dec 6, 2018

In the years since the 2016 election, countless news stories and public opinion polls have sought to answer the question of what divides Republicans and Democrats.
Results from the latest Penn State Mood of the Nation Poll show that not only do people with opposing political beliefs fundamentally…

Regular bedtimes and sufficient sleep for children may lead to healthier teens

Dec 6, 2018

Having a regular, age-appropriate bedtime and getting sufficient sleep from early childhood may be important for healthy body weight in adolescence, according to researchers at Penn State.
The researchers identified groups of children by bedtime and sleep routines and tested longitudinal…

Sexual risk assessment tool in the child welfare system developed

Dec 4, 2018

Children in the welfare system are particularly vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) according to a 2013 U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means hearing, but few practical screening tools currently exist to identify victims and those at risk for sexual exploitation,…

'Ask the Experts' addresses the opioid epidemic on cesarean sections

Nov 30, 2018

The latest episode in the “Ask the Experts” series features Danielle Symons Downs, professor of kinesiology and obstetrics and gynecology, and associate director of the Social Science Research Institute at Penn State, discussing her research on the links between cesarean section deliveries and…

Seed grants available in energy, environmental research

Nov 28, 2018

Penn State’s Energy and Environmental Sustainability Laboratories (EESL) announced a call for proposals for seed grant funding that will support energy and environmental research conducted in EESL facilities. The call is open to undergraduate and graduate students at any Penn State campus.
The goal…

Rural American families focus of 26th annual family symposium

Nov 21, 2018

The strategies needed to maintain family economic stability, health and general well-being of rural families was the focus of the 26th Annual National Symposium on Family Issues, held recently at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State’s University Park campus.
“The symposium brought together discussion…

A Systems Approach to Opioid Mitigation

Nov 20, 2018

Opioid and related substance abuse is devastating many communities across the country and has proven a particularly difficult problem to address. In this presentation, Griffin will discuss research being done at the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering at Purdue University to help mitigate…

25 Years of Service

Nov 20, 2018

Cheri McConnell, education coordinator with the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network, and Michael Rineer, manager of Network and Information Systems at SSRI, were recently awarded Penn State Mantel Clocks for their 25 years of service to the University.
For a complete listing of 25-Year Award…

Why Social Science? - Because Social Science Research and Education Are Critical for National Security

Nov 20, 2018

By Claudia Brugman, PhD, Research Scientist and Technical Director for Language in Social Systems, Center for Advanced Study of Language, University of Maryland
Each of the social sciences contributes irreplaceable content knowledge and methodologies to our collective understanding of other…

SSRI Fall Gathering 2018

Nov 20, 2018

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 “Workplace Climate Promotion Award” was given to Renee Kotch from the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness…

Kindergarten predicts academic achievement across the primary grades

Nov 19, 2018

Identifying factors that predict academic difficulties during elementary school should help inform efforts to children who may be at risk. New Penn State research suggests that children’s executive functions may be a particularly important risk factor for such difficulties.
Preliminary findings…