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Egyptian Satirist Bassem Youssef to Speak at Penn State

Egyptian Satirist Bassem Youssef to Speak at Penn State

Satirist Bassem Youssef, dubbed the “Jon Stewart of Egypt,” will visit University Park in November to speak at two separate events hosted by the Center for Global Studies (CGS). Youssef will deliver a lecture titled “The Joke is Mightier Than The Sword” at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

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Penn State Researcher Studies Response to Hurricane María

Penn State Researcher Studies Response to Hurricane María

Alexis Santos, director of graduate studies in applied demography and research affiliate of Penn State’s Population Research Institute, grew up in Puerto Rico and says he is very excited about launching the project to assist his home country. “It is my hope to help Puerto Ricans, both on the island and in the U.S., address the ongoing crisis by providing data that can potentially help them reach out to policy makers and organizations involved in the ongoing relief efforts.”

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Victim Race is Factor in PA Death Sentences

Victim Race is Factor in PA Death Sentences

A new study of capital punishment in Pennsylvania found that death sentences are more common when the victim is white and less frequent when the victim is black.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity: New Data Source Available

Racial-Ethnic Diversity: New Data Source Available

A newly expanded data portal for learning about community racial and ethnic diversity is now up and operational at the ‘Diversity and Disparities’ website of the Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) Initiative at Brown University.

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The Century of Science, edited by Dr. David Baker, wins Association for the Study of Higher Education Award

The Century of Science, edited by Dr. David Baker, wins Association for the Study of Higher Education Award

The Century of Science: The Global Triumph of the Research University, edited by Dr. David Baker, professor of sociology, education, and demography, recently won the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s 2017 Award for Significant Research on International Higher Education. In The Century of Science a multicultural, international team of authors examines the global rise of scholarly research in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health (STEM+) fields.

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Penn State Social Science Researchers Collaborate To Study Opioid Epidemic

Penn State Social Science Researchers Collaborate To Study Opioid Epidemic

Drug overdoses from prescription opioids, heroin, and synthetic opioids have increased by 20 percent since 2015, killing some 64,000 Americans last year. In response, social science researchers at Penn State are leading initiatives to combat the increasing rates of illicit drug use.

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Family and Technology Symposium to be Held Oct. 23-24

Family and Technology Symposium to be Held Oct. 23-24

To discuss the implications of increases in technology use on relationships and family dynamics, the 2017 National Symposium on Family Issues presents “Families and Technology,” Oct. 23-24 at the Nittany Lion Inn

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