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Penn State GIS Day virtual event to take place Nov. 16

Oct 26, 2021

Penn State University Libraries will observe GIS Day — an annual event celebrating the technology of geographic information systems (GIS) — with a virtual event from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16. This year’s programming will highlight the geospatial research activities of Penn State…
News Topics: CSAGIS

Rural Alaska has a bridge problem as permafrost thaws and crossing river ice gets riskier with climate change

Oct 12, 2021

America’s bridges are in rough shape. Of the nearly 620,000 bridges over roads, rivers and other waterways across the U.S., more than 43,500 of them, about 7%, are considered “structurally deficient.” In Alaska, bridges face a unique and growing set of problems as the planet warms. Permafrost, the…

Decreased testing could lead to surge in sexually transmitted infections

May 26, 2021

Screening and testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) decreased by 63% for men and 59% for women during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study led by Penn State and Quest Diagnostics researchers. The researchers said this may be the result of restrictions…
News Topics: CSASTI

Penn State researchers to study political content sharing on Facebook

Sep 8, 2020

As the 2020 election draws closer, political content on social media is becoming more and more prevalent. A group of Penn State researchers is examining spontaneous sharing of political content on Facebook. According to principal investigator S. Shyam Sundar, James P. Jimirro Professor of Media…

Mining Twitter data may help National Parks staff gather feedback faster

Aug 21, 2020

The National Park system has been referred to as one of America’s national treasures. A team of Penn State researchers in the department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management and the Social Science Research Institute, report that mining tweets about the park may open up a rich vein of…
News Topics: Twitter DataPRICSA

Penn State researchers evaluating Twitter data during pandemic

Apr 16, 2020

By collecting global Twitter data from the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, Penn State researchers have developed a dashboard that tracks geotagged tweets to allow researchers and policymakers assess public reactions to the pandemic. “Geotagged Twitter data provides significant opportunities to…

Registration now open for seminar on generalizability of Twitter data

Apr 11, 2019

Guangqing Chi, associate professor of rural sociology and demography and public health sciences and SSRI co-funded faculty, will present “The Generalizability and Replicability of Twitter Data for Population (and Health) Research” at the next Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD)…
News Topics: CSA

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…
News Topics: CSA

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…

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…
News Topics: CSA

Using social media to solve social problems

Aug 16, 2018

Social scientist rely on data to study social problems, however data from traditional surveys can be difficult and time consuming to collect, as well as inaccurate since not all factors can be measured well. A National Science Foundation-funded Penn State project will evaluate the accuracy of using…

Well-being of 'left behind' children in Kyrgyzstan focus of study

Aug 8, 2018

Growing up can be hard no matter what a family's circumstances, but it is often more so for children living in the Kyrgyz Republic in Central Asia, one of the poorest countries in the world, known for its dry environment, high mountains, nomadic culture and animal-husbandry heritage. Isolation,…
News Topics: CSA

Twitter resources available for Penn State researchers

Feb 13, 2018

The Computational and Spatial Analysis (CSA) Core of the Population and Social Science Research Institutes has built the infrastructure for collecting and managing Twitter data and has capacity in processing and analyzing the data for social science and population research. The Core has collected…
News Topics: CSATwitter Data