Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse announces fellows program

Oct 4, 2018

Penn State’s Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (CCSA) and Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) are announcing a call for proposals for the Community Fellows Program to support faculty members seeking to develop university-community collaborations that address substance abuse and its…

Penn State launches new consortium to combat the opioid crisis

Oct 3, 2018

Pennsylvania is one of the states most impacted by the growing opioid epidemic, with one of the highest overdose death rates in the country — but a new initiative bringing together experts from across Penn State aims to combat this crisis through data-driven, evidence-based innovation.
The Penn…

26th Annual National Symposium on Family Issues will take place Oct. 22-23

Oct 2, 2018

The 2018 National Symposium on Family Issues will focus on the challenges that families in rural areas face and the strategies they take to maintain financial stability, health and well-being.
The symposium, “Rural Families and Communities,” will be held Oct. 22-23 at the Nittany Lion Inn. Sessions…

Clinical and Translational Science Institute awards six pilot grants

Oct 2, 2018

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute is helping generate innovative health research ideas and promoting collaboration through the awarding of pilot grants in its Bridges to Translation IV program. This program seeks to link researchers not traditionally in health research with…

Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

Sep 30, 2018

On September 28, President Trump signed into law a fiscal year (FY) 2019 funding package containing two of twelve appropriations bills, the Defense Appropriations bill and the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations bill. The bill had been passed earlier in the week by the House…

Chinchilli to present Oct. 9 seminar in series on fundamental research methods

Sep 28, 2018

Vernon Chinchilli will present "Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis," from 4 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 9, as part of the Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) Recent Topics in Research Methods Seminar Series.
Chinchilli is distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Public…

Why Social Science? - Because It’s Proliferating

Sep 25, 2018

By Alondra Nelson, President, Social Science Research Council
Social scientists and the research we pursue with such passion are being buffeted on all fronts, a fact not unknown to frequent visitors to this space. Today social scientists confront scarcities: of funding, of career opportunities in…

Pilot grants available from Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Sep 25, 2018

As part of its mission to accelerate discoveries to benefit human health, the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute will award up to $300,000 in funding for pilot projects through its Bridges to Translation V pilot grant program. 
A request for application workshop will be held…

IRB International Research Workshop

Sep 25, 2018

Join the Office for Research Protections and Institutional Review board for a workshop on human subjects and compliance challenges with international research.
“Human Subjects Research in International Contexts: A Question and Answer Session” will take place Tuesday, November 6, 9 - 10 a.m. in 110…

Center changes name to Criminal Justice Research Center

Sep 24, 2018

The former Penn State Justice Center for Research kicked off the fall semester by changing its name to the Criminal Justice Research Center (CJRC).
“We are excited about the center’s name change as it more clearly summarizes our focus on criminal justice research and is well-timed to coincide with…

2017-18 NSF I-Corps invent teams selected

Sep 21, 2018

Twelve entrepreneurial teams from Penn State have been selected to participate in the National Science Foundation I-Corps program. The teams receive up to $3,000, which can be used to attend industry trade shows, visit potential customers, develop prototypes and cover customer discovery expenses.…

De Jong receives PAA honor

Sep 20, 2018

Gordon De Jong recently became an honoree of the Population Association of America (PAA).
The PAA’s Honor A Colleague page campaigns are led by PAA members who want to see their colleagues recognized for their contributions to PAA and the population research community. PAA members include…

How winning friends may influence adolescent behaviors

Sep 20, 2018

Adolescents may get by with a little help from their friends, but, according to Penn State researchers, friend selection and friend influence, as well as gender, may all play a role in establishing friendships that can help, or possibly hurt, them.
In a study of adolescent friendship networks, the…

Firebaugh receives 2018 American Sociological Association Award

Sep 19, 2018

Glenn Firebaugh, Roy C. Buck Professor of American Institutions and professor of sociology and demography, received the 2018 American Sociological Association Methodology Section Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award. This award recognizes sociologist who have contributed to the field of sociological…

WPSU to address opioid addiction, recovery with special programming

Sep 19, 2018

Jaime Durst, from Centre County, said she was 28 years old when she began abusing drugs and alcohol.
“I don’t know how that started; it was just some of the people I was hanging with,” said Durst, who realized she needed to seek treatment for her opioid addiction. “All of a sudden it became really…

Global Programs updated travel grant applications now open

Sep 18, 2018

Global Programs travel grant applications are now open to faculty and graduate students.
Graduate student travel grant applications for this round are due by 5 p.m. Sept. 20 and faculty travel grant applications are due by 5 p.m. Oct. 8.
“In Global Programs, we view travel grants as our way to…

Applications open for Community Engaged Research Core Faculty Fellowship Program

Sep 17, 2018

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute‘s Community Engaged Research Core is now accepting applications for its 2019-2020 Faculty Fellowship Program.
This opportunity is open to all Penn State junior or mid-level faculty who want to advance their practice of community-engaged…

Seed grants to support opioid research announced

Sep 13, 2018

Penn State’s  Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), in collaboration with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), has awarded over $200,000 in funding to support 10 new interdisciplinary teams of Penn State researchers whose work is aimed at combating the opioid epidemic.

Center for Healthy Children recommends evidence-based programs

Sep 13, 2018

Federal legislation will radically change how foster care dollars can be used, and Penn State’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network and Center for Healthy Children(CHC) is leading the charge to ensure services intended to prevent foster care placement, and better serve foster youth, are backed by…

Yocum receives ACOR 2018 Career Achievement Award

Sep 12, 2018

The  Administrative Committee on Research (ACOR) 2018 Career Achievement Award was presented to Sherry Yocum at the Annual Retreat Conference on September 7 at the Penn Stater Conference Center.  She was recognized for her outstanding contributions towards the support and advancement of Research…

New research shows sexual abuse unique risk factor for teenage pregnancy

Sep 12, 2018

Children who suffer childhood sexual abuse early are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors, adolescent pregnancy, and teenage motherhood, according to new Penn State research.
The findings are important, because becoming a mother during adolescence can have consequences for not only the…

Why Social Science? - Because Social Science Can Have an Impact on Public Policy

Sep 11, 2018

By Peter B. Wood, Professor of Sociology and Criminology, Eastern Michigan University
Why Social Science? Because social science can—and should—have a real impact on public policy at the federal, state, and local levels. More than a decade ago, while serving as President of the Southern Criminal…

$6.3 million grant will fund video library of moms and babies at play

Sep 11, 2018

When toddlers play, there’s more going on than meets the eye. Play and other natural activities parents engage in help developing children build social, emotional and locomotor skills, among others.
To help tease apart these processes, a team of researchers led by Penn State and New York University…

University Libraries offers maps and geospatial info sessions for fall 2018

Sep 10, 2018

This fall, Penn State University Libraries will once again offer informational sessions relating to foundational map and geospatial topics.
Some sessions may be similar or build upon topics from previous offerings, but one new session this semester will introduce users to ArcGIS Pro, a new ArcGIS…

Researchers can build supercomputing skills in fall training series

Sep 6, 2018

Penn State researchers looking to build their high-performance computing (HPC) skills can get both basic and intermediate training through a series of workshops hosted by the Institute for CyberScience (ICS) this fall. Each session is free but requires registration as seating is limited.
The four-…