Despite decades of educational reform and legal efforts, many U.S. schools are experiencing increasing segregation, with 16 percent of public schools serving both minority and high poverty students. Erica Frankenberg, associate professor of education and demography and co-director of the Center for Education and Civil Rights at Penn State, is looking at how student assignment policies may be impacting the diversity of public schools.
Social Science Research Institute
Social Science Research Institute
Diana Fishbein, director of the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center and professor of human development and family studies, and Mark Feinberg, research professor of health and human development, are being honored by the Society for Prevention Research at its 25th annual meeting on June 1 in Washington DC.
Over 20 percent of older adults suffer from subjective memory impairment, where a person reports having trouble remembering things with no evidence of actual memory loss. Now Penn State researchers are looking into the growing evidence that subjective memory impairment can lead to Alzheimer’s disease in some older adults.
Conventional wisdom suggests that women are better than men at facial recognition and categorizing facial expressions. Penn State psychologists found no evidence for that, despite using both behavioral and neuroimaging tests.
For the first time in modern history, the suicide rate of active-duty service members exceeds that of the civilian population. A recent study conducted by the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State and supported by a grant from the U.S. Navy, examined nondeployment related factors that precede military suicide, and the impact of those suicides on spouses and families.
Penn State researchers were recently awarded a Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development grant to learn more about animal-assisted therapy in child abuse situations.
With April being National Child Abuse Awareness month, all Penn State student, faculty and staff are invited to stop by the Old Main lawn at 12:15 p.m. on April 27 and help the Child Maltreatment Prevention Network plant a pinwheel garden.
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health, recently completed a competitive process to fund for the first time ever, an academic institution to serve as a national resource for child maltreatment research and training. Penn State has been selected based on scientific merit to establish the Center for Healthy Children. The award of $7.7 million over five years will support the center as a national resource for child maltreatment research and training. To further this effort, Penn State has committed $3.4 million in funds, to total more than $11 million.
Janet Rosenzweig, executive director of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, will present her work on describing and defining child well-being at the sixth annual de Lissovoy Lecture at 3:30 p.m. April 27 in Heritage Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center. Rosenzweig is also Penn State's College of Health and Human Development Distinguished Alumni Speaker for 2017. The talk is sponsored by the Health and Human Development Alumni Society.
Directors from Penn State's Office for Research Protections will present a 15-minute overview on the recent and upcoming changes to National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research at noon on May 2 in 112 Henderson Building.
Two newly named Faculty Fellows at Penn State's Rock Ethics Institute , Gary John Adler Jr. and Martin T. Pietrucha, will help integrate curricular and research projects to advance the institute’s goal of integrating ethics throughout the Penn State curriculum.
While increasing college enrollment and graduate rates is a national priority, targeting the college behaviors of rural students is particularly important, according to Soo-yong Byun, associate professor of educational theory and policy and Social Sciences Research Institute co-funded faculty.
Penn State researchers are exploring how school choice is affecting racial composition and segregation in Pennsylvania schools.
While it has long been known that maltreatment can affect a child’s psychological development, new Penn State research indicates that the stress of abuse can impact the physical growth and maturation of adolescents as well.
The effectiveness of Head Start in preparing children for elementary school is currently being debated, but in Pennsylvania, the program has benefited from several Penn State initiatives.