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…

New poll: Voters are just as angry as in 2016

Nov 13, 2018

By Eric Plutzer and Michael Berkman
Voters this fall aren’t just sharply polarized; they’re also very angry — whether they’re Democrats, Republicans or even independents.
In partnership with YouGov, Penn State’s McCourtney Institute of Democracy has been polling Americans to assess the overall mood…

Mobile technologies may help researchers crack the mysteries of aging

Nov 12, 2018

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant will allow Penn State’s Martin Sliwinski and team to learn more about how small changes in the brain can develop into neurological conditions later in life by developing new standardized mobile technologies for researchers across the U.S.
This type of…

Harvard professor to present De Jong Lecture in Social Demography Nov. 15

Nov 9, 2018

Penn State’s 13th Annual De Jong Lecture in Social Demography will be presented from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.
"The impact of workplace policies/practices and family composition: Can they explain inequalities in health,"…

Schmitt Russell Research Lecture to focus on health and education interventions

Nov 6, 2018

Linda Collins, director of the Methodology Center, will present the 2018 Pauline Schmitt Russell Research Lecture, "Bringing Health and Education Interventions into the 21st Century,” at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Bennett Pierce Living Center on University Park campus. 
The event,…

Why is working memory so important to learning?

Nov 5, 2018

The National Science Foundation is spotlighting CEDR Director and PRI Affiliate Paul Morgan's recent research on working memory in their "Ask a Scientist" series.

A better way to evaluate health interventions

Nov 4, 2018

There’s a better way to evaluate the effectiveness of health interventions. It can help make health interventions not only effective, but scalable, affordable and less complex. When testing an intervention that is trying to modify health attitudes or behaviors — like a smoking cessation program —…

Fourth cycle of proposals sought for strategic initiative seed grant funding

Nov 4, 2018

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. Proposals for the fourth cycle of…

Fall 2018 Scholarly Communications Workshops offered by University Libraries

Nov 2, 2018

This November, students, faculty and staff can participate in communications workshops that cover topics such as copyright, publishing, and National Science Foundation public access policy. The workshops, which will take place Nov. 1-15, are coordinated and led by Ana Enriquez, scholarly…

Sifting through 50 million phone calls for patterns to aid refugees

Oct 31, 2018

When refugees use their mobile phones they leave clues about how well they are integrating (or not) into their host country. Clio Andris, assistant professor of geography in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, is analyzing a year’s worth of phone calls to find the clues to help address the…

Family Symposium book series releases latest edition

Oct 30, 2018

The most recent volume in the Family Symposium book series is now available from Springer Publishing. “Families and Technology” focuses on the roles of parents in monitoring children’s screen time, of technology in relationship formation, and technology in changing family dynamics.
The book is…

Dyslexia gene may predict concussion susceptibility among football players

Oct 30, 2018

A gene associated with the learning disorder dyslexia may offer researchers clues about variations in individual athletes’ susceptibility to concussions, according to a pilot study by Penn State and Northwestern University. 
The results were published in the Journal of Neurotrauma on Oct. 23. 
The…

Courier service to Hershey for research/bio transport

Oct 30, 2018

University Park/Hershey Shuttle and Courier Rules
The purpose of these shuttle rules is to maintain the safety of shuttle drivers, passengers, the public and the environment.  Information on the courier service is provided to comply with federal regulations related to the shipment of hazardous…

Vice President for Research Neil Sharkey to retire in June 2019

Oct 30, 2018

Neil Sharkey, vice president for research at Penn State, has announced that he will retire on June 30, 2019, after a 22-year career at the University. A national search will begin immediately to identify his successor.
Sharkey has led Penn State’s research enterprise since August 2013, initially as…

Applications sought for 2019-20 Administrative Fellows Program

Oct 29, 2018

Applications are being sought for the Administrative Fellows Program for 2019-20. The program offers Penn State faculty and staff who hold standing positions the opportunity to work with senior University officers to gain knowledge and experiences pertaining to the challenges of leadership in the…

Challenges Facing Rural America Deeply Rooted In Economic And Social Distress, Researchers Say

Oct 26, 2018

By Min Xian, WPSU
Nearly three and a half million Pennsylvanians live in rural parts of the state. In many ways, rural areas face challenges different than those in urban areas. Researchers gathered on Monday for the 26th National Symposium on Family Issues at Penn State’s Nittany Lion Inn, with a…

Penn State response to new NSF and NIH requirements

Oct 26, 2018

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have recently taken steps to promote the safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff to maintain productive research and educational environments.
NSF has announced that all institutions receiving NSF funds…

Why Social Science? - Because It Helps Build Resilience in the Face of Disasters

Oct 24, 2018

By Brandi Gilbert, Ph.D., Research Associate, Urban Institute & Nnenia Campbell, Ph.D., Research Associate, Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado, Boulder
We are dedicated to using social science to improve disaster recovery for those on the margins of society—in particular on the…

Kids’ sleep may suffer from moms’ tight work schedules

Oct 17, 2018

It may be tough for working moms to get a good night’s sleep, but working tight hours may affect their children’s sleep, too.
After studying the sleep habits of children from ages five to nine, researchers found that when mothers reported less flexibility in their work schedules, their children got…

Teams sought to develop innovative research programs using Twitter data

Oct 15, 2018

Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) is seeking teams to develop innovative research programs using Twitter data.
Proposals are invited for pilot projects aimed at using Twitter data in social science research. Twitter offers one of the most rapidly growing and accessible Big Data…

Mood of the Nation Poll finds one person's anger is another's pride

Oct 15, 2018

From Colin Kaepernick to Brett Kavanaugh, Americans appear to be sharply divided over the people who shape political life. 
Those divides are evident in the latest McCourtney Institute Mood of the Nation Poll. The poll utilizes open-ended questions that allow participants to respond in their own…

The Future of Higher Education Is Social Impact

Oct 15, 2018

By Adam Gamoran
Over the last decade, universities have faced steady criticism for elitist practices such as political bias, hoarding wealthy endowments, and providing insufficient economic returns for students. In light of this, institutions that turn their attention to serving the public good may…

Advance feedback offered on strategic initiative seed grant funding proposals

Oct 12, 2018

Penn State community members, including faculty and staff, will be invited to submit ideas for pilot projects that are aimed at fulfilling the mission of the University's 2016-2020 Strategic Plan to advance innovation, research, learning and engagement at the University and beyond. Proposals for…