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January 17, 2019


Director's Message

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

This message regarding the University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) reflects the continued transition between former longtime director Richard Schulz and my appointment as interim director on September 1, 2016. Many of the accomplishments detailed on this website occurred under Schulz’s leadership, and I look forward to continuing the momentum he has built over the past 20 years and moving UCSUR forward during this exciting time.

This transition for UCSUR also occurs within the broader context of evolving University of Pittsburgh priorities, as Chancellor Patrick Gallagher continues to implement his strategic vision. Several schools and units are in leadership transitions; the new School of Computing and Information (SCI) has been formed; and other administrative reorganization is occurring, including the appointment of a new senior vice chancellor for research.

I strongly believe that UCSUR is well positioned to adapt to potential changes, as we have always been opportunistic in responding effectively to evolving University and faculty interests and priorities.

During the past year, UCSUR has produced more than 40 peer-reviewed publications; participated in more than 70 funded grants, the majority of which involve multidisciplinary collaborations; conducted 75 student training sessions in use of local policy-relevant data; mentored three junior faculty and three postdoctoral fellows; and trained close to 1,400 students and health care professionals as part of the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). UCSUR also has continued to be the go-to resource for data and analysis to inform regional public policy, with more than 40,000 Web visits to PittsburghTODAY, SWPA Profiles, and the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center (WPRDC). These resources contain more than 200 downloadable data sets and 500 indicators covering more than 20 topic areas. Other notable achievements include UCSUR’s design and implementation of the largest survey of informal caregivers ever conducted in the Pittsburgh region and the development of a new environmental policy initiative in the Urban and Regional Analysis Program. 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.

I hope this website will give you a sense of the value that UCSUR provides to the University and the broader community, and I look forward to continued collaboration during this new phase in UCSUR’s evolution.

-Scott R. Beach, PhD

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