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New Master of Public Policy Program Accepting Applications for Fall 2019

New Master of Public Policy Program Accepting Applications for Fall 2019

As governments, non-profits and other entities are increasingly motivated to analyze the impact of policies and programs before pursuing new regulation, they require more individuals who have the practical policy analysis and program evaluation skills, which are taught in Master of Public Policy (MPP) programs. Penn State is accepting applications for its new Master of Public Policy program, which is being offered by the School of Public Policy in the College of the Liberal Arts. Students interested in identifying, analyzing and solving major policy issues are encouraged to apply.

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Eliminating Smoking and Obesity Could Affect Racial Health Disparities

Eliminating Smoking and Obesity Could Affect Racial Health Disparities

Obesity and smoking are the two leading causes of preventable deaths in the U.S., yet their full impact on health disparities is still being uncovered. Michelle Frisco, associate professor of sociology and demography and Social Science Research Institute co-funded faculty member at Penn State, is quantifying behaviors such as smoking and obesity to show how they affect health disparities between people from different races and ethnicities. The work appears in the journal SSM - Population Health.

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Board of Visitors’ Enrichment Fund Will Support Student Interns in Liberal Arts

Board of Visitors’ Enrichment Fund Will Support Student Interns in Liberal Arts

"I was never so poor in my life than when I was a student,” said Penn State sociology alumnus Charles Kulp, recalling the financial challenges he faced while an unpaid intern in the attorney general’s office of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation. “I had no money, but I had to buy five suits because I needed to wear one every day. I didn’t even have the funds to go out to lunch.”

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People With Gay and Lesbian Acquaintances Tend to Support Same-sex Marriage

People With Gay and Lesbian Acquaintances Tend to Support Same-sex Marriage

Friendship bonds that may seem superficial at first glance could be just deep enough to produce attitude changes that help spark social transformations, according to a Penn State sociologist.

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PSU Alumna Combats Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections

PSU Alumna Combats Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections

Laura Rosenberger, a 2002 College of the Liberal Arts alumna at Penn State, has created a policy blueprint for countering authoritarian interference in democracies. As the director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy and a senior fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), Rosenberger focuses on an issue that has dominated headlines for the last two years—Russian interference in U.S. elections.

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Social Network Analysis With Ashton Verdery

Social Network Analysis With Ashton Verdery

In our latest podcast, Ashton Verdery, assistant professor of sociology and demography at Penn State, discusses social network analysis (SNA). One increasingly important use of SNA is to study marginalized populations who are otherwise hard to sample. In health, behavioral, and social sciences, SNA has been used to examine how people relate to one another; how relationships affect the flow of items such as diseases, goods, information, or behaviors; how individual positions in broader network structures affect the risks of contracting diseases, hearing of opportunities, or generating new ideas; and more.

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"The Schooled Society" by David Baker Translated into Korean

"The Schooled Society" by David Baker Translated into Korean

Congratulations to Professor David Baker whose book The Schooled Society, Stanford University Press (2014) has been translated into Korean and published in 2018 by Pakyoungsa Press (박영사), Seoul, Korea.

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