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Researchers Find One in Six U.K. Parents Allow Young Teens to Drink Alcohol

Researchers Find One in Six U.K. Parents Allow Young Teens to Drink Alcohol

Penn State collaborators Jennifer Maggs, professor of human development, and Jeremy Staff, professor of criminology and sociology, identified characteristics of parents in the U.K. who allow their children to drink alcohol when they are 13 or 14 years old.

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Researchers Raise New Questions About the Hurricane Death Toll in Puerto Rico

Researchers Raise New Questions About the Hurricane Death Toll in Puerto Rico

The analysis by Alexis Santos, director of graduate studies in applied demography at Pennsylvania State University, and Jeffrey Howard, a demographer and epidemiologist at the US Department of Defense, which has not been peer-reviewed, finds an estimated 518 more people died in Puerto Rico in September 2017, the month of Hurricane Maria, than died during previous Septembers on the island.

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Derek Kreager and Stephen Matthews Named Liberal Arts Professors

Derek Kreager and Stephen Matthews Named Liberal Arts Professors

Derek Kreager, Professor of Sociology and Criminology and Director of the Justice Center for Research, and Stephen Matthews Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Demography and Director of the Graduate Program in Demography have been named Liberal Arts Professors.

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Criminology Major, Scout Cheeks, Named a Rangel Fellowship Finalist

Criminology Major, Scout Cheeks, Named a Rangel Fellowship Finalist

Scout Cheeks, a Penn State senior and Division I rugby player, has been named a finalist for the Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program.

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Penn State Projects Take on the Opioid Epidemic

Penn State Projects Take on the Opioid Epidemic

Two new Penn State projects are aiming to educate the public while utilizing partnerships with law enforcement and community organizations to identify and disrupt networks of opioid distribution.

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New Research of Inmate Society Essential for Prison Reform

New Research of Inmate Society Essential for Prison Reform

While U.S. incarcerations rates continue to climb, research into prison society has declined over the last several decades, according to Derek Kreager, professor of sociology and criminology and co-funded faculty member of the Social Science Research Institute.

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New Project to Reduce Racial Inequities in Kidney Transplants

New Project to Reduce Racial Inequities in Kidney Transplants

A $1.2 million National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases grant will fund a new, five-year Penn State project to investigate and reduce racial disparities in living donor kidney transplants.

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Family and Technology Focus of 25th Annual Family Symposium

Family and Technology Focus of 25th Annual Family Symposium

The impacts of new technology on relationships and family dynamics was the focus of the 25th annual National Symposium on Family Issues, held recently at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State’s University Park campus.

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