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Your Tweets Are Somehow Worthy Of Scientific Study

Your Tweets Are Somehow Worthy Of Scientific Study

Jennifer Van Hook, assistant professor of sociology and Social Science Research Institute co-funded faculty member, is part of a research team that has collected 30 terabytes of geotagged tweets.

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Youth Who Age Out of Foster Care Show Higher Educational Attainment

Youth Who Age Out of Foster Care Show Higher Educational Attainment

Sarah Font, assistant professor of sociology and Social Science Research Institute co-funded faculty member, explains that the foster care system serves at-risk children and families and is intended to be a temporary intervention for children who are unable to be safely cared for at home.

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Wisconsin Study Finds Foster Care Besting Reunification on Education Outcomes

Wisconsin Study Finds Foster Care Besting Reunification on Education Outcomes

The study's leading author, Sarah Font recommends longer period of support and supervision for reunited families: “If we are able to provide high quality, evidence-based services, I think we’d be more likely to see positive outcomes..."

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Department Members Cited By Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

Department Members Cited By Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

Justice Stephen Breyer quoted from the study of the death penalty in Pennsylvania by John Kramer, Jeff Ulmer, and Gary Zajac in his dissent in the case, Jordan/Evans v. Mississippi (585 US [2018]).  Justice Breyer cited the report’s finding that defendants’ chances of facing the death penalty heavily depends on what county their case is heard.

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Share Your Opioid Story

Share Your Opioid Story

Penn State researchers hope website humanizes, helps others affected by opioids.

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Pennsylvania’s population quickly becoming older, slowly more diverse

Pennsylvania’s population quickly becoming older, slowly more diverse

Michelle Frisco, professor of sociology and demography, explains the reason PA’s population is quickly becoming older and slowly more diverse

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The Virtues of a Summer Job

The Virtues of a Summer Job

New York Times article quotes Jeremy Staff on why having a job during the school year can be fine, as long as you don’t overdo it.

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