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Saturday
November 28, 2020

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Director's Message

Scott Beach, Interim DirectorDr. Scott R. Beach, Interim Director

I am happy to update the University community on the recent activities and accomplishments of the University Center for Social & Urban Research (UCSUR).

During the past year, UCSUR has produced over 40 peer-reviewed publications receiving approximately 5,000 Google scholar citations, and participated in over 70 funded grants, the majority of which involve multidisciplinary collaborations. UCSUR received $1,500,000 in external funding for multiple research infrastructure support projects through the Survey Research Program (SRP) in collaboration with University faculty across schools and departments. We continued our nationally recognized research in family caregiving, financial exploitation of older adults, and technology and aging. UCSUR also helped cofound and provides leadership for the Center for Caregiving Research, Education and Policy with the Health Policy Institute and Schools of Nursing, Public Health, and Medicine, which involves approximately 30 affiliated faculty representing a range of health and behavioral science disciplines. UCSUR has also continued to be the go-to resource for data and analysis to inform regional public policy through the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center (WPRDC) and the PittsburghTODAY regional benchmarking initiative. These resources contain over 300 downloadable datasets (many updated on a frequent basis) and 500 indicators covering more than 20 topic areas. The WPRDC also contains several data extraction and visualization tools that enhance user access and support statistical analyses. UCSUR’s Environmental Policy Initiative, part of the Urban and Regional Analysis (URA) program, continues to expand with projects on lead water line detection, integrating engineering and social science methods and modeling.

Finally, UCSUR continues to build its permanent research infrastructure with the capacity to conduct all types of survey research; obtain, format, and analyze spatial data; acquire, manage, and analyze large secondary and primary data sets; carry out regional econometric modeling; and carry out qualitative research. Highlights include our regional research registry with more than 8,000 local residents (including 1,200 family caregivers) willing to participate in research studies; continued refinement of the UCSUR SRP in-house longitudinal multi-mode survey data management and collection system; and continued expansion of our geographic Information System (GIS) capabilities.

I hope this report will give you a sense of the value that UCSUR provides to the  University and the broader community.

-Scott R. Beach, PhD
  Interim Director

UCSUR
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UCSUR was established in 1972 to serve as a resource for researchers and educators interested in the basic and applied social and behavioral sciences. UCSUR promotes and coordinates interdisciplinary research focused on the social, economic, and health issues most relevant to our society.  Read more about us...

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