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Study explores link between earthquakes, rainfall and food insecurity in Nepal

Sep 10, 2021

The effects of monsoon rainfall on food insecurity in Nepal vary by earthquake exposure, with regions that experienced both heavy earthquake shaking and abundant rainfall more likely to have an inadequate supply of nutritious food. That is one of the conclusions of a study led by Heather Randell,…

Et tu, Brute? Teens may be more likely to be bullied by social-climbing friends

Feb 24, 2021

Adolescents and teens may be more likely to be bullied by their friends — and friends-of-friends — than classmates they don’t know as well, according to a new study. Diane Felmlee, distinguished professor of sociology and demography at Penn State and researcher on the paper, said the findings give…

Research brief ties increased income from Marcellus Shale natural gas development to youth obesity rates

Feb 16, 2021

The Marcellus Shale natural gas development increased income for families in several rural Pennsylvania counties. In the U.S., children in families with more income typically have lower rates of obesity. But, despite the sudden influx of income to the communities around the Marcellus Shale, rates…

About nine family members to suffer grief from every COVID-19 fatality

Jul 16, 2020

Deaths from COVID-19 will have a ripple effect causing impacts on the mental health and health of surviving family members. But the extent of that impact has been hard to assess until now. Every death from COVID-19 will impact approximately nine surviving family members, according to a study. In a…

Post Doctoral Scholar Position

Jun 8, 2020

JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS: The Population Research Institute (PRI) at The Pennsylvania State University (University Park) anticipates an 1-2 openings for a postdoctoral fellow in the NICHD-supported Social Environments and Population Health training program, starting on or about…

Take Note: Penn State Prof. Jenny Van Hook On Coronavirus And The Census

May 27, 2020

SSRI cofund and PRI affiliate Jenny Van Hook is interviewed for WPSU's Take Note on the consequences of a Census undercount. Van Hook is the Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology and Demography at Penn State and a former member of the Census Advisory Board. She was an expert witness in the legal fight…

Grief from COVID-19 impact may trigger secondary health and mental health crisis

Apr 15, 2020

The loss of life caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic may just be the first tragic wave to hit the country, according to researchers. Grief from the deaths of close relatives and a sudden loss of support could create serious health, mental health and economic issues for grieving family members…

Randell receives Roy C. Buck Faculty Award in College of Agricultural Sciences

Apr 14, 2020

Heather Randell, assistant professor of rural sociology and demography in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Roy C. Buck Faculty Award. The award, which recognizes exceptional articles accepted or published by refereed scholarly journals in the…

Population researchers contribute to special newsletter on COVID-19 topics

Apr 9, 2020

The work of applied demographers and population research scientists addressing the COVID1-19 pandemic is the focus a special issue of “Applied Demography,” the official publication of the Population Association of America (PAA). According to editor Alexis Santos, assistant professor of human…

Podcast episode explores how the Census impacts public health

Apr 9, 2020

Decisions about where to build hospitals and how to allocate emergency medical equipment are critical during a pandemic, and driven by a source you might not expect. This week’s episode of the Democracy Works podcast, produced by the McCourtney Institute for Democracy and WPSU, examines the role…

Fighting coronavirus fear with empathy: Lessons learned from how Africans got blamed for Ebola

Feb 7, 2020

This article was originally written for The Conversation by Kevin Thomas, professor of sociology, demography, and African studies. With coronavirus cases exploding in China, the U.S. is once again responding to a global epidemic. Five years ago, when the Ebola virus infected more than 28,000 people…

Population Research Institute co-founder receives international accolade

Jan 27, 2020

By Susan Burlingame, Penn State News, January 23, 2020 Gordon DeJong, distinguished professor emeritus of sociology and demography and co-founder of the Population Research Institute at Penn State, has been named the 30th laureate of the International Union of the Scientific Study of Population (…
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Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods application deadline February 10

Dec 12, 2019

The UC Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative is delighted to host the 3rd annual Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods (SIMRM), to be held at the University of California, Berkeley campus from May 26-June 5, 2020. The Institute is organized and directed by Irene Bloemraad (UCB)…

Progressive gender views may protect health of financially dependent men

Nov 26, 2019

As it becomes more common for women to be the breadwinner of their family, men’s health may be affected depending on their views on gender ideology, according to Penn State researchers. The researchers found that men who were financially dependent on their wives and who also had more traditional…

Short to deliver De Jong Lecture in Social Demography on Nov. 21

Oct 29, 2019

Susan Short, professor of sociology and director of the Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University, will deliver the 14th annual De Jong Lecture in Social Demography at 9 a.m. Nov. 21 at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State’s University Park campus. Short’s research focuses on…

Aging in rural America focus of new research network

Oct 4, 2019

The rural population in the U.S. is aging at a more rapid rate than in urban areas, while disparities in rural health and life expectancy continue to grow. A new five-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging (NIA) will fund a Penn State-led…

School district secessions shown to have deepened racial segregation

Sep 4, 2019

Since 2000, school district secessions in the South have increasingly sorted white and black students, and white and Hispanic students, into separate school systems, weakening the potential to improve school integration, according to a new study published today (Sept. 4) in AERA Open, a peer-…

Helping Alaskan coastal communities adjust to global warming

Sep 3, 2019

Alaskan coastal Indigenous communities are facing severe environmental changes that threaten to irrevocably damage their way of life. A $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will allow Penn State researchers to assist local communities with foreseeable environmental challenges…

Researchers analyze use of social media during Puerto Rican uprising

Aug 21, 2019

When the people of Puerto Rico took to the streets after a series of government corruption scandals this past July, a group of researchers took the opportunity to determine the role of social media in the organization and dissemination of the protests, marches and other activities that occurred.…

Penn State hosts second annual Summer Institute on Migration Research Methods

Jul 3, 2019

Successful research methods regarding immigration and migrant populations was the focus of the 2019 Summer Institute on Migration Research Methods, held recently at Penn State’s University Park campus. Jennifer Van Hook, Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology and Demography and a Social Science…

Penn State team supports implementation of novel Pennsylvania Rural Health Model

Jul 2, 2019

Pennsylvania is the first state in the nation to design and implement an alternative payment model focused solely on rural hospitals, with an emphasis on both containing health care spending and transforming care to better meet community needs. A multi-disciplinary team of Penn State faculty and…

Nursing researchers to enhance age-friendly care for older adults in rural PA

Jun 20, 2019

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has awarded Penn State's College of Nursing and its collaborators $3,750,000 to support medically underserved regions throughout rural Pennsylvania. This funding will support the…

Despite dire predictions, levels of social support remain steady in the U.S.

Jun 14, 2019

Although Americans have faced waves of social, technological and economic disruption over the last few decades, a new study indicates that their perceptions of available social support have remained steady and, in some cases, may even be strengthening. In a study that examined data that spans…

Jensen co-authors chapter in Gender, Agriculture and Agrarian Transformations

May 30, 2019

Leif Jensen, associate director of SSRI and distinguished professor of rural sociology and demography, co-authored a chapter in Gender, Agriculture and Agrarian Transformations edited by Carolyn Sachs, professor emerita of rural sociology. Jensen and other authors wrote the section titled 14…

U.S. Births Fell To A 32-Year Low In 2018; CDC Says Birthrate Is In Record Slump

May 22, 2019

The U.S. birthrate fell again in 2018, to 3,788,235 births — representing a 2% drop from 2017. It's the lowest number of births in 32 years, according to a new federal report. The numbers also sank the U.S. fertility rate to a record low. Not since 1986 has the U.S. seen so few babies born. And it'…