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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…

Role of universities examined in disaster-preparedness, response and recovery

Dec 6, 2019

Roughly 400 researchers and educators from more than 114 institutions across the nation recently joined together to explore how higher education can strengthen preparedness, response, and recovery in the face of growing threats posed by climate change and extreme weather. The “RISE CONFERENCE 2019…

The RISE Network: Towards a New Framework for University Interventions in Disasters

Nov 25, 2019

In the era of climate change—where the frequency of extreme weather and disaster events is increasing and social inequality magnifies their impact—universities are acting as first responders without being designed or organized to serve in this role. Immediately after major events such as Hurricane…

Why Social Science? - Because It Helps Build Resilience in the Face of Disasters

Oct 24, 2018

By Brandi Gilbert, Ph.D., Research Associate, Urban Institute & Nnenia Campbell, Ph.D., Research Associate, Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado, Boulder We are dedicated to using social science to improve disaster recovery for those on the margins of society—in particular on the…

Officials raise Puerto Rico’s death toll from Hurricane Maria to nearly 3,000 people

Aug 29, 2018

By Aimee Cunningham   The Puerto Rican government has officially updated its tally of lives lost to Hurricane Maria to an estimated 2,975. That number, reported August 28 in a government-commissioned study by George Washington University in Washington D.C., dwarfs the island’s previous count of 64…
News Topics: Disasters

Death toll from Hurricane Maria estimated to be larger than previously thought

Aug 6, 2018

The number of people who died as a result of Hurricane Maria — which hit Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017 — may be as high as 1,139, surpassing the official death count of 64, according to researchers. The researchers used official government records to calculate the number, which took into…
News Topics: Disasters

Inaccurate data analysis may affect Puerto Rico’s recovery

Apr 4, 2018

The ability to use statistics to guide decision-making may be collateral damage of Hurricane Maria's devastating blow to Puerto Rico, according to a Penn State demographer. In an article published today (April 2) in Health Affairs, Alexis Raúl Santos, the director of the graduate program in applied…
News Topics: DisastersDemography

Weather patterns, farm income, other factors, may be influencing opioid crisis

Jan 23, 2018

The overprescribing of opioid-based painkillers may be the main driver of the increased abuse of opioids in rural America, but economists say that other factors, including declining farm income, extreme weather and other natural disasters, may affect a crisis that is killing thousands of citizens…

Why Puerto Rico’s death toll from Hurricane Maria is so much higher than officials thought

Jan 2, 2018

By PRI Associate Alexis Santos for The Conversation “If you don’t get away from those areas, you are going to die.” That phrase concluded Puerto Rico Secretary of Public Safety Héctor Pesquera’s press conference before Hurricane Maria. Three months after the storm, he is one of the fiercest…
News Topics: DisastersDemography

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…