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John Iceland, Professor of Sociology and Demography, Examines Black-White Differences in Happiness

John Iceland, Professor of Sociology and Demography, Examines Black-White Differences in Happiness

Racial and ethnic inequality continues to be among the most significant social issues in the United States today. This is evidenced by the attention it receives in the media, political discussions, as well as in academic work. Among these racial and ethnic divisions, the black-white color line may be the starkest. Nevertheless, by many measures, levels of black-white inequality have declined, especially when measured over a long period of time. For example, there has been some narrowing of the gap in educational attainment, poverty, life expectancy, and residential segregation and neighborhood economic conditions since the 1960s (U.S. Census Bureau, 2016a; 2016b; CDC, 2016; Logan and Stults, 2011; Firebaugh and Farrell, 2016; Iceland, 2017). Some black-white disparities, however, have not narrowed, including median family income and wealth (U.S. Census Bureau, 1986, 1990, 1994; 1995, 2001; 2013, 2016c).

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Jenny Van Hook, Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology & Demography, and Collaborators Comment About Recent Estimates of Undocumented Immigrants

Jenny Van Hook, Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology & Demography, and Collaborators Comment About Recent Estimates of Undocumented Immigrants

Jenny Van Hook Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology & Demography, and collaborators comment about recent estimates of the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States in the last edition of PLOSONE.

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Comparing Legacies, Behaviors and Cultures: How the Meyer and Paterno Aftermaths Differ

Comparing Legacies, Behaviors and Cultures: How the Meyer and Paterno Aftermaths Differ

Many Penn State fans revered, and continue to revere Joe Paterno. History may be repeating itself at Ohio State with head football coach Urban Meyer. A Penn State sociology professor said fans’ devotion to their schools and their coaches reflects a strong identification with their school.

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Emeritus Professor of Family Sociology and Demography Paul Amato and Alum Graduate Sarah Patterson to Receive Reuben Hill Award

Emeritus Professor of Family Sociology and Demography Paul Amato and Alum Graduate Sarah Patterson to Receive Reuben Hill Award

Congratulations to graduate alum Sarah Patterson and Emeritus Professor of Family Sociology and Demography Paul Amato for receiving the Reuben Hill award from : National Council on Family Relations. The award is given to the best article of the last year to combine theory and methods!

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David Baker Receives RO1 grant from the NIH

David Baker Receives RO1 grant from the NIH

Genes, Education, and Gene-Education Interactions in Obesity and Mental Health

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POLICE INTERNSHIP

POLICE INTERNSHIP

The Penn State University Police Department is excited to announce a student internship opportunity for interested students. In collaboration with the Criminology Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Finance & Business’ Office of Diversity & Inclusion, funding will be provided to help participants gain hands-on experience within various areas of the University Police Department.

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Seed Grants to Support Opioid Research Announced

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — 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.

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How Winning Friends May Influence Adolescent Behaviors

How Winning Friends May Influence Adolescent Behaviors

We think that for peer influence, the gendered patterns have a lot to do with the characteristics of the behavior, rather than the character or the structure of the friendships that girls and boys have," said McMillan.

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