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An Iraqi man's bond with a Penn State professor started with an email. Then U.S. forces bombed his house

An Iraqi man's bond with a Penn State professor started with an email. Then U.S. forces bombed his house

One night about six years ago, Basim Razzo was sitting at his computer in his home in Iraq when he stumbled across a TEDx lecture that spoke to him. The 18-minute talk was called “A Radical Experiment in Empathy.” The speaker, half a world away, was Sam Richards, a sociology professor at Pennsylvania State University.

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Brian Davis named recipient of 2018 Eric A. Walker Award

Brian Davis named recipient of 2018 Eric A. Walker Award

Brian Davis, majoring in Sociology, Criminology and African-American studies has been named the 2018 recipient of the Eric A. Walker Award. Congratulations Brian!

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Jarl Ahlkvist receives grant from the National Institute of Mental Health

Congratulations to Jarl Ahlkvist who received a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health for his project “Preventing Internalizing Psychopathology in Preadolescents Exposed to Chronic Stress”.

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Brenna Fisher Named 2018 Hetzel Award Recipient for Leadership

Brenna Fisher Named 2018 Hetzel Award Recipient for Leadership

Brenna Fisher, a senior majoring in sociology and criminology in the College of the Liberal Arts, has been named recipient of the 2018 Ralph Dorn Hetzel Memorial Award.

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The global triumph of the research university:  A driving force of science production

The global triumph of the research university: A driving force of science production

New Brookings article about Dr. David Baker's book The Century of Science: The Global Triumph of the Research University 

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Texas suspends black elementary school students five times more often than white students

Texas suspends black elementary school students five times more often than white students

Figuring out how we can ensure that educational opportunities are equal is something David Ramey, an assistant professor of sociology and criminology at Penn State University, has been working on for years. He says the Texas study shows evidence of something he has observed as well.

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