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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.

October 19, 2015

"Heroin abuse is still relatively rare in the United States," says Shannon Monnat, assistant professor of rural sociology, demography, and sociology at Penn State. However, while recreational drugs such as LSD, cocaine, crack, and meth have been more prominent in the news in recent decades, heroin has once again surged into the spotlight.

October 13, 2015

One of 10 students selected for competitive award.

October 9, 2015

As a PhD student in Rural Sociology and International Agriculture and Development (INTAD), Eissler is working with Gender and Climate Change team & local partners to design and implement "Gender Background" report.

October 9, 2015

Awarded at the Fall 2015 Ag Council Delegate Meeting held October 8, 2015.

October 6, 2015

Rob Chiles, assistant professor of rural sociology, joins the first group of faculty recruited to expand the University’s national leadership in ethics research and ethical literacy.

September 23, 2015

The Department of Labor reported there were 62,400 florists in 2012 and prediction indicate this number will decrease by 8% over the next ten years. Florists say the industry is slowly dying, as the workforce ages and a new generation of workers is not posed to take the reins. Carly-Jean Schaeffer, a recent graduate of the Agricultural and Extension Education program, has ambitions to bridge the gap. Carly-Jean teaches students at Derry High School the art of floral design, as well as floral shop business management through hands on experience and practice.

September 21, 2015

In a combined course and cultural engagement experience, senior Agricultural Science major, Alexandra Dutt explored indigenous peoples’ understanding of their environment -- and how it could inform her own through Exploring Indigenous Ways of Knowing, a course that included an end-of-semester trip to the Ojibwe communities in northern Minnesota.

September 18, 2015

According to project co-investigator Guangqing Chi, associate professor of rural sociology and demography and faculty director of the Computational and Spatial Analysis Core at the Population Research Institute and Social Science Research Institute at Penn State, people born and raised at high elevations (above 8,200 feet) exhibit distinct physiological characteristics such as increased blood viscosity caused by higher hemoglobin content.

September 18, 2015

"Over 1.3 million adolescents abused prescription opioids within the last year," said Shannon Monnat, assistant professor of rural sociology, demography, and sociology, Penn State. "With this number of adolescents there are major implications for increased treatment demand, risk of overdose and even death from these opioids."

September 14, 2015

Penn State researchers assessed the effects of changing climate conditions on agriculture, tourism, infrastructure, water resources, forestry, energy and human health in the 2015 Pennsylvania Climate Impact Assessment Update, released by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and made recommendations to help Pennsylvanians prepare and respond.

September 9, 2015

This Interlochen public radio article features Carolyn Sachs, Professor of Rural Sociology

August 19, 2015

Deanna Miller, 2015 AEE graduate with an INTAG minor, has accepted a position in New Jersey. The link below will take you to an article which indicates in Ms. Miller’s own words, the impact and the value of the collaboration between the Office of International Program and our Agricultural Teacher Education Program.

August 13, 2015

Guangqing Chi, Associate Professor of Rural Sociology and Demography and Director of the Computational and Spatial Analysis Core in the Social Science and Population Research Institutes, is the recipient of a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the interconnection of population and infrastructure in response to disasters.

Left to right: University of Maine Professor and Director of Economics Mario Teisl, Stephan Goetz, and NAREA President and Penn State Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics Edward Jaenicke.
July 31, 2015

Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has received the 2015 Outstanding Public Service through Economics Award from the Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association.

July 22, 2015

Washington, D.C.-based Generations United has announced that Dr. Matt Kaplan (Professor of Intergenerational Programs and Aging at Penn State) and Dr. Alan Lai (Director of the Intergenerational English as a Second Language Program) are co-recipients of the Brabazon Award for Evaluation Research. This award honors a significant contribution in the utilization of evaluation research in documenting the processes and outcomes of a new or existing intergenerational program.

July 13, 2015

Ted Alter, Professor of Agricultural, Environmental, and Regional Economics, has been awarded the Community Development Society’s (CDS) 2015 Ted K. Bradshaw Outstanding Research Award. This award is presented to a CDS member in recognition of a significant stream of superior research that exemplifies and positively impacts community development practice and represents a lasting contribution to the field. The award will presented at the 46th Annual International Conference that will be held in Lexington, KY July 19-22, 2015.

Mark Brennan
July 3, 2015

A newly announced research partnership between British author J.K. Rowling's nonprofit children's organization Lumos and the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at National University of Ireland Galway -- and including Penn State's UNESCO Chair in Community, Leadership and Youth Development program -- aims to transform the lives of an estimated 8 million children worldwide living in orphanages of whom an estimated 80 percent have living parents or families who could look after them with the right assistance.

June 3, 2015

Sarah Eissler, rural sociology master's degree candidate, was among only 12 students selected to participate out of nearly 100 applicants from universities across the country.

May 19, 2015

Carolyn Sachs, Professor of Rural Sociology and Head of Women’s Studies Department, has been selected to receive the 2015 Richard P. Haynes Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in Agriculture, Food and Human Values Award. The presentation will be made in June at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA.