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…

Cases of highly aggressive prostate cancer at time of diagnosis increase in PA

May 19, 2020

Among prostate cancer cases, highly aggressive cases of the disease at the time of diagnosis increased significantly in Pennsylvania between 2004 and 2014, according to Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Cancer Institute researchers. The increase affected both white and black men, with…

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…

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…

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…

Researchers to compare Twitter opinions on climate change with real-world views

Apr 15, 2019

How do regional opinions on Twitter represent real-world attitudes toward climate change? A team of researchers will work to find out, thanks to a recent seed grant from the Social Science Research Instituteat Penn State.
In their study, the researchers will construct a Twitter-driven regional…

Chi publishes first book on spatial regression methods

Apr 11, 2019

After taking ten years to complete research and writing, SSRI co-fund Guangqing Chi recently published his book, “Spatial Regression Models for the Social Sciences” with co-author Jun Zhu. The book serves as a primer type of textbook for social scientists who would like a quick start to learning…

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)…

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…

Sifting through 50 million phone calls for patterns to aid refugees

Oct 31, 2018

When refugees use their mobile phones they leave clues about how well they are integrating (or not) into their host country. Clio Andris, assistant professor of geography in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, is analyzing a year’s worth of phone calls to find the clues to help address the…

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…

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.

$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…

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.

Human Health and the Environment seed grant recipients announced

May 21, 2018

Human Health and the Environment seed grants for 2018 have been awarded to eight interdisciplinary teams of Penn State researchers. The seed grants were funded through a collaboration of Penn State Institutes and the College of Medicine, which collectively contributed more than $400,000.

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…