Entrepreneurial spirit can help communities better withstand trade shock
November 2, 2015
Communities with more self-employed workers can better withstand economic shifts caused by imports than communities that have fewer self-employed people, according to Penn State economists. In a study of how recent Chinese imports affected the U.S. labor force, the researchers found that counties with higher rates of self-employment suffered fewer negative effects, such as reduced job growth, from increased imports than counties with lower self-employment rates, said Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics, Penn State and director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development.
AESE students receive internship awards
November 2, 2015
Olivia Murphy-Sweet & Miranda Kane, Agriculture and Extension Education and Arianna DeReus, Community, Environment, and Development Major among ten students honored.
Faculty couple endows graduate fellowship in rural sociology
October 31, 2015
Leland Glenna, associate professor of rural sociology and science, technology, and society, and his wife, Esther Prins, associate professor of education, established the Luther R. Glenna Graduate Fellowship in Rural Sociology in memory of Glenna's father.
Students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who are candidates for a graduate degree in rural sociology and who have exhibited academic excellence are eligible for the fellowship.
Rural Adolescents Are More Likely Than Their Urban Peers to Abuse Prescription Painkillers
October 26, 2015
U.S. media and popular culture historically portrayed drug abuse as an urban problem, but in recent years, there has been more media attention on rural drug issues. Part of this growing attention pertains to the growing epidemic of narcotic painkiller abuse in rural America. Co-author Shannon M. Monnat, Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology and Demography, finds that although all areas of the country experienced increases in painkiller prescribing, abuse, and mortality over the past two decades, the increases have been most pronounced in small towns and rural areas and that this rural drug epidemic requires immediate attention from policy makers and practitioners.