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Penn State participates in virtual social science advocacy day

May 4, 2021

Penn State researchers recently participated in the Consortium of Social Science Association’s (COSSA) Annual Social Science Advocacy Day, meeting virtually with Congress and their staff during this annual event. Penn State social and behavioral scientists and stakeholders were teamed up with other…
News Topics: COSSASocial Science

COSSA Webchat & Deep Dive on Biden's First Weeks

Feb 12, 2021

Missed last week’s COSSA Headlines webchat? You can watch the recording and view the slides to catch up on COSSA’s recap of the most important social and behavioral science news from the past month and a deep dive discussion with the COSSA team as they discuss the eventful first weeks of the Biden…
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Penn State participates in virtual social science advocacy day

May 14, 2020

The Consortium of Social Science Association’s (COSSA) Annual Social Science Advocacy Day looked a little different this year due to COVID-19 and the response of social distancing. However, for Penn State researchers, the numerous ways social and behavioral science is helping to combat the pandemic…

COSSA compiles social science resources related to COVID-19

Apr 1, 2020

COSSA is compiling a list of resources for social scientists and stakeholders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The list includes guidance from federal science agencies, collections of publicly available peer-reviewed research related to the crisis, resources from COSSA member associations, and…

Impeachment, Natural Disasters, and Elections Signal Difficult Road Ahead for FY 2021 Appropriations

Jan 22, 2020

The second session of the 116th Congress kicked off earlier this month, and while the new year did not begin with a historically-long government shutdown as it did in 2019, Congress still faces a myriad of challenges to completing spending bills for the coming fiscal year. The Senate is expected to…

Penn State participates in Social Science Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.

May 22, 2019

Penn State researchers recently attended the Consortium of Social Science Association’s (COSSA) 2019 Social Science Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., taking part in a full schedule of events to bring awareness to social and behavioral sciences.  During the advocacy day, COSSA members met with…

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  …

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…

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…
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Why Social Science? - Because It Can Improve the Lives of City Residents

Jul 31, 2018

By David Yokum, J.D., Ph.D., Director, The Lab @ DC There’s a movement underway to integrate scientific research into the everyday workings of government at all levels. Increasingly, research professionals are being called upon to roll up their sleeves and lend their advice, expertise, and…

Penn State delegation advocates for social sciences in Washington, DC

May 16, 2018

A group of Penn State researchers recently attended the Consortium of Social Science Association’s (COSSA) 2018 Science Policy Conference and Social Science Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. The conference and advocacy day brought together COSSA members and other stakeholders for a day of discussion…

COSSA Releases 2018 Edition of State Fact Sheets, New Federal Funding Dashboard

Mar 20, 2018

COSSA has released the 2018 edition of its state funding fact sheets, a set of one-pagers that highlight the amount of federal social science research funding that goes to each state, including one for Pennsylvania. Accompanying this year’s fact sheets is a brand-new federal funding dashboard with…
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Why Social Science? - Because It Adds Value, Even When You Don’t See It

Jan 30, 2018

By Wendy Naus, Executive Director, Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) Why Social Science? was launched in 2017 as a project of the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) aimed at getting social science findings and impacts out to the general public. Our goal has been to…

Penn State third in rankings for federal social and behavioral science funding

Jan 4, 2018

The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) recently released the 2018 edition of their College and University Rankings for Federal Social and Behavioral R&D, which reports total federal research dollars in the social and behavioral sciences awarded to U.S. institutions. Penn State…

Why Social Science? - Because Social Science Fosters Robust and Trustworthy Knowledge

Jan 1, 2018

By Felice J. Levine, Ph.D., Executive Director, American Educational Research Association As Chair of the COSSA Board, it is an honor to conclude the inaugural year of “Why Social Science?” with some reflections and aspirations. When COSSA launched this initiative in 2017, the aim was to invite…