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NEW PROJECT TO IDENTIFY RISK FACTORS FOR SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN

NEW PROJECT TO IDENTIFY RISK FACTORS FOR SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN

Sarah Font, assistant professor of sociology, collaborates on a new research project that aims to examine the incident rates and risk factors for commercial sexual exploitation of children in Pennsylvania.

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NEW PROJECT TO INVESTIGATE SOCIAL MEDIA AGGRESSION

NEW PROJECT TO INVESTIGATE SOCIAL MEDIA AGGRESSION

The National Science Foundation recently awarded Diane Felmlee, professor of sociology, the Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant for an interdisciplinary project that will explore aggression in social media.

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New Online Criminal Justice Master’s Degree Aimed at Professionals in Field

New Online Criminal Justice Master’s Degree Aimed at Professionals in Field

Penn State is offering a new master of professional studies in criminal justice policy and administration, a 30-credit program being offered online through Penn State World Campus and taught by faculty from Penn State’s College of Liberal Arts and the Penn State Harrisburg School of Public Affairs. Courses will begin in fall 2018.

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State University, and Jeffrey Howard, a demographer and epidemiologist at the US Department of Defense, which has not been peer-reviewed, finds an estimated 518 more people died in Puerto Rico in September 2017, the month of Hurricane Maria, than died during previous Septembers on the island.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