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…

Researchers recognized for innovative work in aging

Mar 12, 2019

The Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging has recently recognized three investigators in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State for their innovative research in aging. 
Nilam Ram, professor of human development and family studies and psychology; Lizbeth Benson, a doctoral…

Seed grants awarded to projects using Twitter data

Mar 7, 2019

Penn State’s  Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), in collaboration with the Institute for CyberScience (ICS) and the College of Information Sciences and Technology, has awarded over $100,000 in funding to support six new interdisciplinary teams of Penn State researchers whose work is aimed at…

Housing is health: 'Ask the Experts' addresses social determinants of health

Mar 4, 2019

The latest episode of the “Ask the Experts” series features Ann Kunkel and Dianna Benaknin of WellSpan Health. In a discussion highlighting WellSpan's interest in addressing social determinants of health, Kunkel and Benaknin focus on the impact of housing on health and describe a number of programs…

Society accepting nominations for outstanding postdocs, mentors

Mar 3, 2019

The Penn State Postdoctoral Society (PSPS) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 5th Annual Penn State Outstanding Post Doc and Postdoctoral Mentor Awards. 
The Postdoctoral Mentor Award will recognize an outstanding faculty member who has demonstrated a commitment to exceptional…

New website will help researchers navigate cyberinfrastructure resources

Feb 27, 2019

The Office of the Vice President for Research has launched cyberinfrastructure.psu.eduto help faculty and staff find data, cyber, programming and IT resources available to researchers at Penn State. The site covers broad categories that include, but are not limited to, data storage, cloud computing…

Researchers examine why health and social services go unused by new veterans

Feb 27, 2019

Returning to civilian life can be challenging for veterans. While there are many programs and services aimed at helping them readjust, some veterans do not take advantage of these supportive resources. A Penn State-led research team examined factors that are associated with program non-use among…

Sharkey shares impact of Penn State research across University and beyond

Feb 24, 2019

Since the University’s founding when Penn State’s first president Evan Pugh set forth the college’s research vision in 1859, innovation and knowledge creation have been a foundational element of the land-grant mission, according to Neil Sharkey, vice president for research. 
Describing research as…

Funding agency investigations emphasize need for researcher disclosures

Feb 19, 2019

As international research collaboration continues to grow at Penn State and universities across the U.S., investigators are urged to carefully review the disclosure of their international affiliations. While the vast majority of international collaborations are acceptable — and encouraged — it is…

Morgan to serve on ECLS technical review panel

Feb 19, 2019

Paul Morgan, director of the Center for Educational Disparities Research and PRI affiliate, has been invited to serve on the Technical Review Panel for the new Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2022-23 (ECLS-K: 2023). As a panelist, Morgan will be advising the U.S.…

Disclosure of foreign affiliations

Feb 18, 2019

Investigators submitting proposals and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) to NIH should know it is critically important that they accurately identify any foreign collaborations associated with their research.
Question 6.a. on the “RESEARCH & RELATED Other Project Information” form…

Sharing your research expertise with policymakers

Feb 18, 2019

Please consider joining the Rapid Response Network for the Research-to-Policy Collaboration (RPC), which involves preparing and engaging researchers around policy efforts related to their expertise because doing so is thought to support policymakers' use of research evidence. We are identifying…

New Effective Date for the Revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide

Feb 17, 2019

Due to the recent lapse in appropriations, implementation of the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 19-1) was postponed. We are pleased to announce that the revised PAPPG will now be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after February 25,…

February's Headlines Webchat to Feature a Deep Dive on Evidence-Based Policymaking

Feb 5, 2019

COSSA members are encouraged to sign up for the monthly Headlines webchat on February 14 at 2:00 pm Eastern, in which COSSA staff will recap the most important social and behavioral science news from the past month and answer participants' questions. The February chat will feature a deep dive  …

Social Scientists Encouraged to Explore NSF's Ten Big Ideas Solicitations

Feb 5, 2019

Arthur Lupia, Assistant Director for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE) of the National Science Foundation (NSF), is calling on social and behavioral scientists to learn more about, and consider applying for, the funding opportunities associated with the NSF Ten Big…