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New Research of Inmate Society Essential for Prison Reform

New Research of Inmate Society Essential for Prison Reform

While U.S. incarcerations rates continue to climb, research into prison society has declined over the last several decades, according to Derek Kreager, professor of sociology and criminology and co-funded faculty member of the Social Science Research Institute.

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New Project to Reduce Racial Inequities in Kidney Transplants

New Project to Reduce Racial Inequities in Kidney Transplants

A $1.2 million National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases grant will fund a new, five-year Penn State project to investigate and reduce racial disparities in living donor kidney transplants.

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Family and Technology Focus of 25th Annual Family Symposium

Family and Technology Focus of 25th Annual Family Symposium

The impacts of new technology on relationships and family dynamics was the focus of the 25th annual National Symposium on Family Issues, held recently at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State’s University Park campus.

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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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