New online event series brings virtual conversations to the Penn State community

Aug 4, 2020

A new virtual event series launched earlier this year by the College of Health and Human Development has become a hub of activity for interactive engagement among friends and alumni of the Penn State community. The “HHD On Location: Home Edition” events, which feature discussions between an…

Impacts of the coronavirus on economic recovery in Pennsylvania

Jul 30, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound affect on Pennsylvania’s economy, in a way that has no recent historical comparison, with potentially long-lasting effects. In this article, Göktuğ Morçöl, Penn State professor of public policy and administration in the School of Public Affairs, discusses…

Faculty helping develop online course on coronavirus science for K-12 schools

Jul 29, 2020

During the COVID-19 outbreak, faculty at Penn State’s Center for Science and the Schools are helping to create a course to help engage middle and high school students in multiple explorations to help them better understand the science behind the pandemic and learn how scientists create new…

Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on restaurant and food service businesses

Jul 27, 2020

Restaurants and foodservice businesses were some of the first economic activities severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dining in restaurants virtually stopped overnight in cities and states as social distancing guidelines took effect. A Penn State research team has been working to develop…

Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on state responses and economic health

Jul 21, 2020

While some states have either completely reopened their economies or are in the process of phased re-openings, in others COVID-19 cases are increasing significantly and experts warn further shut-downs may be necessary to avoid large spikes. The public within these states pay close attention to…

New funding to test impact of research communication strategies on policymakers

Jul 17, 2020

Penn State’s Research-to-Policy Collaboration (RPC) is responding to legislators’ needs for social and behavioral research related to the coronavirus pandemic, with support from the William T. Grant Foundation.
Housed under the Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative (EIC), a unit of Penn State’s Social…

Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on building a community in medical education

Jul 13, 2020

Over the past 3 months, nearly 30,000 medical students across the United States have been displaced from their traditional health care roles. With relatively little warning or time for preparation, students, faculty, and administrators scrambled to create platforms, structures, and processes to…

Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on bridging research and policy

Jul 7, 2020

Penn State researchers provide informed commentary on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on bridging the gap between research and policy, focusing on the many intersections between existing social issues and COVID-19 that require policymakers’ attention. Since the beginning of the outbreak,…

Penn State influences PA governmental response to pandemic

Jul 7, 2020

Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) is making an impact in Pennsylvania’s governmental response to the COVID-19 pandemic through an increased presence in state-level activities.
Michael Donovan, associate director of SSRI’s Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative and the director of…

Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on supply chain mobility

Jul 7, 2020

Penn State researchers provide informed commentary on the impacts of the coronava virus pandemic on supply chain enterprises, focusing on the transport and logistics operators in their role as front-line, essential service providers. The transportation and logistics industry provides a vital link…

COVID-19 commentaries cover diverse topics

Jul 2, 2020

With the continued spread of COVID-19, Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), in collaboration with the Center for Health Care and Policy Research (CHCPR), are providing informed commentary on the spillover effects of the pandemic from leading social, biomedical and other scientists…

Residents of some cities unwilling to comply with COVID-19 prevention behaviors

Jul 1, 2020

Several U.S. cities may be at increased risk of surges in COVID-19 cases as they reopen their economies because their residents are unwilling to follow practices that reduce the spread of the disease, according to Penn State researchers.
Dr. Robert Lennon, an associate professor of family and…

Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on scientific field work

Jul 1, 2020

Penn State researcher Jon Nese provides informed commentary on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on postponing or delaying scientific field campaigns, some involving Penn State meteorology and atmospheric science faculty members.
In some cases, projects have been cancelled because NASA…

Project to study pandemic impacts on Alaskan salmon season

Jun 29, 2020

Bristol Bay, Alaska is home to the world's largest commercial sockeye salmon fishery, attracting thousands of fishermen, crews, and seasonal workers and tripling the region’s population. Running from early June to late July, the short salmon season is facing a new challenge this year, the…

Impacts of big data on the coronavirus pandemic

Jun 24, 2020

What is big data and how could it make an impact in the COVID-19 pandemic? Big data means having real-time access to current and historical data from multiple sources and the ability to analyze those data in real time. Right now, big data could help identify potential clues about the impact of…

Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on air quality

Jun 23, 2020

Penn State researchers provide informed commentary on the impacts of the coronavrus pandemic on improvements in air quality. With a decline in travel due to COVID-19 restrictions, the atmosphere has responded with significant short-term improvements in air quality. In this video, which first aired…

Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on aggressive parenting

Jun 16, 2020

Penn State researchers provide informed commentary on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on aggressive parenting. During the pandemic, closed schools and daycare centers, parents working at home, and financial insecurity are increasing stress levels and frictions at home. These conditions lead…

Congressional roundtable addresses domestic issues during COVID-19

Jun 11, 2020

Domestic violence prevention during the coronavirus pandemic was the topic of a recent congressional virtual roundtable Penn State’s Research-to-Policy Collaborative (RPC) participated in.
For the roundtable, the RPC connected one of their Rapid Response Network researchers, Apryl Alexander,…

Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the mental health of isolated patients

Jun 11, 2020

Penn State researchers provide informed commentary on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the mental health of hospitalized patients diagnosed with COVID-19.
Even with well-established protocols and familiarity, infection isolation protocols may cause significant issues for patients,…

Survey takes the pulse of PA municipal leaders on COVID-19

Jun 11, 2020

As Pennsylvania continues a phased reopening, elected officials and municipal leaders in cities and towns across the commonwealth remain concerned about issues like testing capacity, budget shortfalls and communication with state-level agencies, according to a survey conducted by an…

Impacts of the coronavirus on public understanding

Jun 10, 2020

Penn State researchers examined public knowledge of the pandemic ­through a mixed-methods survey of Central Pennsylvania residents during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In early March, Penn State became the first US institution to join an international consortium of higher education…

Global relationships aid Penn State faculty disease expert on COVID-19

Jun 9, 2020

Penn State Professor of Biology Matthew Ferrari wakes up early these days. He has to — Ferrari co-chairs the Public Health and Science Assessment task group responsible for advising senior University leadership as they continue to guide Penn State’s strategic response to the pandemic. Several times…

Virtual speaker series to focus on COVID-19 response and policy impact

Jun 4, 2020

Penn State’s School of Public Policy is hosting a virtual speaker series, “Policy and the Pandemic,” every Wednesday at 2 p.m. beginning June 10, 2020.
The series will highlight School of Public Policy faculty research analyzing the response to the coronavirus at the local, state and federal level…

Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on serving the community

Jun 1, 2020

Penn State researchers provide informed commentary on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic while serving their community ­– using Centre County as an example. Situated near Penn State’s University Park campus, Centre Helps provides two core services: a 24/7 emotional support and suicide…

Gathering big data to accelerate the COVID-19 fight

May 29, 2020

Penn State is one of 15 institutions participating in a national collaboration to turn data from hundreds of thousands of medical records from coronavirus patients into effective treatments and predictive tools.
The National COVID Cohort Collaborative partners National Institutes of Health-…