PRI awarded stategic initiative grant

Feb 4, 2019

Led by PRI director and SSRI co-fund Jennifer Glick, a coalition from the Penn State Harrisburg State Data Center, PRI, and affiliated research centers and the demographic research training programs at Penn State, a new Penn State Strategic Initiative Grant was awarded to establish the Pennsylvania…

Penn State Geography class wins regional competition

Feb 1, 2019

Penn State’s Geography 421 class was recently named a regional winner in the first Draw the Lines PA mapping competition.
The class is led by PRI affiliate, Christopher Fowler, assistant professor of geography. Fowler discovered the Draw the Lines after a Google search and took his findings to his…

Clearinghouse evaluates veterans’ use of transition programs

Jan 31, 2019

There are more than 20 million military veterans in the United States, and that number is projected to grow rapidly over the next several years. Some veterans take advantage of the many public and private programs and services created to help them reintegrate into civilian life. Yet, little is…

Keeping kids on task in school may start at home

Jan 31, 2019

The transition to kindergarten can be a challenge for children who have trouble paying attention, and can result in behavioral problems and poor academic achievement. A team led by researchers at Penn State is analyzing task persistence and how parents can influence it in early childhood.

Introducing Data Science for Social Impact

Jan 31, 2019

By Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President, The Rockefeller Foundation
While private-sector businesses have been building and deploying data science capabilities for many years in the tech age, most organizations in the non-profit, civic, and public sectors are far behind. They have a strong appetite to use…

Resumption of Operations at the National Science Foundation

Jan 30, 2019

NSF is open for business! We thank you for your forbearance during this challenging time, and for your support of students, postdocs, faculty, technical and administrative support staff and researchers. It has not been easy for our continuing or new grantees, especially emerging scholars and…

Spring 2019 Scholarly Communications Workshops offered by University Libraries

Jan 30, 2019

This spring, students, faculty and staff can participate in communications workshops that cover topics such as open access, copyright and fair-use policies.
The workshops, which will take place Feb. 21 through April 2, are coordinated and led by Ana Enriquez, scholarly communications outreach…

Scott and Crowley author latest “Why Social Science?”

Jan 30, 2019

Explaining how social science can improve government efficiency via government policy, Penn State’s Taylor Scott, research assistant professor with the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, and Max Crowley, assistant professor in human development and family studies, co-authored this…

Penn State launches national search for vice president for research

Jan 28, 2019

Penn State has launched a national search for a new vice president for research, the University announced today (Jan. 28).
Neil Sharkey, who currently holds the post, will retire on June 30.
The role of vice president for research includes serving as the principal administrative officer for the…

Libraries offers maps and geospatial info sessions for Spring 2019

Jan 24, 2019

This spring, Penn State University Libraries will offer informational sessions relating to foundational map and geospatial topics. These sessions are aimed to provide an introduction to maps and geospatial resources and expertise available at the Penn State University Libraries, and These sessions…

Children’s race, not disability status, may predict more frequent suspension

Jan 23, 2019

Suspension is one way schools discipline students, but the high number of and disparities in suspensions in the U.S. has sparked controversy and policy debate.
New research, led by Paul L. Morgan, Harry and Marion Eberly Fellow, professor of education and demography, and director of Penn State’s…

NIH course will train students on effective research methods

Jan 23, 2019

The NIH Clinical Center's new course will focus on the spectrum of clinical research and the research process.
Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research will train students on how to effectively and safely conduct clinical research. The course will be of interest to…

Data+Music concert recently held

Jan 22, 2019

Nilam Ram, associate professor of human development and family studies, and nationally acclaimed percussionists Robyn Schulkowsky and Joey Baron created music and animations from the data collected by researchers at the recent “Playing the Archive” concert.
The data was presented by Ram; Denise…

Deadline approaching for spring 2019 Security Center seed grants

Jan 21, 2019

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…

Penn State leadership assessing shutdown impact, developing contingency plans

Jan 16, 2019

As the partial federal government shutdown continues, Penn State leadership is assessing the short- and long-term effects that the closure is having on students, faculty, staff and University operations, and developing contingency plans to minimize the impact of a more prolonged closure. 
With many…

'Ask the Experts' addresses health care transparency

Jan 13, 2019

The latest episode in the “Ask the Experts” series features Jessica Altman, insurance commissioner for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, discussing the importance of transparency in health care and the Pennsylvania Shoppable Care Work Group, whose primary goal is to enhance consumers' ability to…

Frankenberg among RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings

Jan 10, 2019

PRI associate Erica Frankenberg was once again named among the 2019 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, identifying the university-based scholars in the U.S. who are doing the most to shape educational practice and policy.
Simply being included in this list of 200 scholars is an…

New NIH Parent Announcements and Review Criteria for Research Grant Applications

Jan 8, 2019

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
Beginning 01/05/2019:

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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…