Twitter has become a useful social media tool for obtaining and sharing news as it happens, but the data it generates can also be a rich source of information for researchers in a number of different fields, say Penn State researchers.
Penn State professor of sociology and criminology Derek Kreager is researching inmate networks to demystify the connections that inmates make in prison in order to help them lead healthier, more positive lives within and outside of the system.
Penn State researchers studying whether racial bias affects the imposition of the death penalty have begun crunching the data, a move signaling the end of a four-year saga of waiting on a state report that has officially halted executions in the state.
While comparing the United States Census Bureau’s 2010 Decennial Census and the U.S. Census Bureau’s Vintage 2010 Population Estimates, researchers discovered a significant discrepancy in the count of Hispanic youth under the age of five. Yeris Mayol-Garcia, a doctoral candidate in the Sociology and Demography Program at Penn State, along with her co-authors, independent researcher William O’Hare, Elizabeth Wildsmith and Alicia Torres, both of Child Trends, produced a report, titled “The Invisible Ones: How Latino Children Are Left out of Our Nation's’ Census Count,” that outlines their findings.