Research News

Penn State announces the formation of a new Center for Racial Justice

As part of ongoing efforts to address the challenges of racism, racial bias and community safety that persist in our nation, Penn State has announced the formation of a new Center for Racial Justice. The center, as part of the initiatives outlined by Penn State President Eric J. Barron in a letter earlier this year to the Penn State community, will advance the work of the Select Penn State Presidential Commission on Racism, Bias, and Community Safety and will be dedicated to research and scholarship around racism and racial bias.

Interdisciplinary projects awarded seed grants from IEE

The Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) has awarded seed grants to 22 groups of interdisciplinary researchers for the 2020-21 award cycle. This year, seed grants were awarded to proposals focusing on at least one of IEE’s five strategic research themes — Climate and Ecosystem Change, Health and the Environment, Integrated Energy Systems, Urban Systems, and Water and Biogeochemical Cycles.

One-quarter of Pennsylvanians may not get the coronavirus vaccine, survey finds

A recent survey conducted by the Center for Survey Research at Penn State Harrisburg’s Institute of State and Regional Affairs has found that many Pennsylvanians are “vaccine hesitant” — indicating that they probably or definitely will not receive the coronavirus vaccine. Vaccine hesitancy varied by several key demographics, including race, age and region. Addressing these differences may be crucial for the next stage of the commonwealth’s vaccination effort.

Faculty member awarded textbook longevity award

Linda Null, associate professor of computer science in Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Science, Engineering, and Technology, has been awarded the McGuffey Longevity Award by the Textbook & Academic Authors Association for the textbook “The Essentials of Computer Organization and Architecture.”