March 1, 2021

Team SSRI,

Week 50. I never thought we would get to 50 weeks. It feels like a milestone that deserves a celebration, although also a weird thing to celebrate.

So here’s some interesting scoop:
Duke University made the top ten in the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) 2021 rankings of colleges and universities by federal social and behavioral science investment. Duke came in at #9 out of more than 550 institutions, with $48,507,000 in FY 2019 funding (the most recent year for which federal data is available).

Top Recipients of Federal Social Science R&D Funding

  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill* (NC) – $207,442,000 (#1 in 2020)
  2. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor* (MI) – $191,060,000 (#2 in 2020)
  3. University of Maryland* (MD) – $95,066,000 (#4 in 2020)
  4. University of Southern California (CA) – $62,945,000 (#5 in 2020)
  5. Arizona State University* (AZ) – $61,642,000 (#7 in 2020)
  6. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities* (MN) – $60,886,000 (#3 in 2020)
  7. Harvard University* (MA) – $53,884,000 (#12 in 2020)
  8. Pennsylvania State University, University Park and Hershey Medical Center* (PA) – $52,060,000 (#8 in 2020)
  9. Duke University* (NC) – $48,507,000 (#15 in 2020)
  10. University of Wisconsin-Madison* (WI) – $47,374,000 (#13 in 2020)

COVID restrictions have eased up a bit, but social distancing is still in full force. What about gondolas as private dining spaces? I like it!

If you’re feeling like you’ve got a touch of cabin fever, take a look at this menu of scenic North Carolina trips you can take without ever feeling the need to leave the safety of your car.


Newsy Stuff

Don Taylor and Jay Pearson (both grew up in Eastern NC) talk about the differences in the perception of racialized experiences in similar geographic, temporal and social contexts.

How to better manage self-imposed deadlines: stay on schedule with advice from duke experts and colleagues

From polling place to vaccination site, the Karsh alumni building has taken on new and unforeseen roles

Patty Van Cappellen and Megan Edwards published their paper on The Embodiment of Worship: Relations Among Postural, Psychological, and Physiological Aspects of Religious Practice


Leveraging existing data and analytic methods for health disparities
March 9th, 10th | 9:00 AM —5:00 PM

Evaluation 101 – Assessing Impact and Informing Improvement
March 11th | 9:30 AM —12:00 PM
Dr. Jessica Sperling and Megan Gray

DUPRI Seminar with Allison Aiello, UNC
Stressors, immunity, and infection: New pathways to cognitive impairment and dementia?
March 4th| 3:30-5:00 PM

Bass Connections Works in Progress Symposium: Session One
March 2, 2021 | 3:30-5:00 PM


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