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Academic Research Centers

Seven Academic Research Centers exemplify NORC’s commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence and research innovation. The relationships among NORC’s Academic Research Centers and the University of Chicago are mutually beneficial in many ways, applying renowned scholarship to practical social science problems. NORC’s core capabilities support faculty research, and its environmentally friendly offices provide university staff with an open, collaborative working environment.

As part of a learning culture, intergenerational project teams enrich learning, scholarship, and discovery. In particular, graduate research assistants at NORC have the tremendous opportunity to apply what they have learned in practical settings. As the next generation of social scientists, they work with experts in various fields and disciplines to conduct world-class empirical research, and NORC benefits from their fresh perspectives, energy, and insights.

Learn more about the work of the Academic Research Centers:

Center for Advancing Research and Communication in STEM
Center on the Demography and Economics of Aging
Center for the Study of Politics and Society 
Joint Center for Education Research
Ogburn-Stouffer Center for the Study of Social Organizations
Population Research Center

Representative Projects

Analyzing the Relationship Among Early Childhood Conditions, Reproduction of Socioeconomic Inequalities and Adult Health Disparities. This project analyzes the relationship between early health conditions, adult socioeconomic attainment, and adult health. The first goal of this study is to document the impact of early health conditions on adult socioeconomic and adult health outcomes. More

Assessing PFCE through Parent Report: Analysis of Parent Narratives and Creation of a Parent Report PFCE Measurement Tool. In collaboration with the National Head Start Association (NHSA), NORC will conduct a content analysis of original narratives describing parents’ Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) experiences, within the Framework outlined by the Office of Head Start (OHS).  More

Biodemography of Exceptional Longevity in the United States. This project proposes to investigate why some people manage to survive to extreme old age (100+ years) and what are the biological and social correlates of exceptional longevity. These are important issues not only for demographic forecasts of human mortality and population aging, and the policy implications on health-care and pension expenditures, but also for improving our understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of human aging and longevity. The project proposes to explore the effects of early-life living conditions, adult physical characteristics, marriage, and reproductive history on exceptional longevity, and will test a number of related biomedical and social hypotheses.  The project is designed as an interdisciplinary study of exceptional human longevity. To contribute to the research infrastructure for subsequent longevity studies world-wide, a database with integrated, matched information on longevity predictor variables will be developed, and made available to the research community on the Internet. More

Cultural Infrastructure in the United States. The Cultural Policy Center's largest continuing project is the research funded by the Kresge, Mellon, and MacArthur foundations on "Cultural Infrastructure in the United States," a national study of the organizational decisions behind, implementation strategies for, and consequences of the building boom in museums, theaters, and performing arts centers in the U.S. between 1994 and 2008. It is the first comprehensive analysis of cultural building in the United States to be carried out at this scale and depth. More

Economic Shocks, Neighborhood Food Infrastructure and Very Low Food Security Among Children. Drawing on a recent panel survey of a representative sample of metropolitan Detroit, Scott Allard and U Michigan researchers will explore the extent to which two types of adverse economic shocks experienced by low-income households with children—job loss and parental divorce or separation—are associated with increased risk of very low food security among children. We will further explore the importance of food assistance program participation and access to the local food resource infrastructure as key moderators of these relationships. To our knowledge, this is the first study to examine the relationships between economic shocks, access to local food resources, and child food security. More

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Published Research "Wrist Accelerometry in the Health, Functional, and Social Assessment of Older Adults.", Huisingh-Scheetz, M., Kocherginsky, M., Dugas, L., Payne, C., Dale, W., Conroy, D.E. and Waite L.J., 2016 More
Posted: 5.17.2016 10:51AM
Published Research "Age Differences in Loneliness from Late Adolescence to Oldest Old Age.", Luhmann, M. and Hawkley, L.C., 2016 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 5.12.2016 9:56AM
Published Research "Loneliness in Older Adults in the U.S.A. and Germany: Measurement Invariance and Validation.", Hawkley, L.C., Duvoisin, R., Ackva, J., Murdock J.C. and Luhmann, M., 2016 Download the PDF
Posted: 3.3.2016 12:07PM
Published Research "Sexual Minority Health and Health Risk Factors: Intersection Effects of Gender, Race, and Sexual Identity.", Hsieh, N. and Ruther, M., 2016 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 2.2.2016 12:30PM
Published Research "Norman M. Bradburn: A Pioneer in Social Indicators and Quality of Life Research.", Bradburn, N.M., 2016 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 1.29.2016 9:22AM
Published Research "Project ASPIRE: Spoken Language Intervention Curriculum for Parents of Low-Socioeconomic Status and Their Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children.", Suskind, D.L., Graf, E., Leffel, K.R., Hernandez, M.W., Suskind, E., Webber, R., Tannenbaum, S. and Nevins, M.E., 2016 More
Posted: 1.20.2016 9:40AM
Published Research "Economic Security, Social Cohesion, and Depression Disparities in Post-Transition Societies: A Comparison of Older Adults in China and Russia.", Hsieh, N., 2015 More
Posted: 12.31.2015 9:01AM
Published Research "Is Valuing Happiness Associated with Lower Well-Being? A Factor-Level Analysis Using the Valuing Happiness Scale.", Luhmann, M., Necka, E.A., Schönbrodt, F.D. and Hawkley, L.C., 2016 More
Posted: 12.16.2015 10:40AM
Published Research "Surveys as Social Interactions.", Bradburn, N.M., 2015 More
Posted: 12.10.2015 10:56AM
Published Research "Preterm Babies, Fetal Patients, and Childbearing Choices.", Lantos, J.D. and Lauderdale, D.S., 2015 More
Posted: 8.31.2015 11:57AM
Published Research "Predictors of Exceptional Longevity: Effects of Early-Life and Midlife Conditions, and Familial Longevity.", Gavrilov, L.A. and Gavrilova, N.S., 2015 More
Posted: 7.30.2015 9:55AM
Published Research "The Effect of Survey Mode on Socially Undesirable Responses to Open-Ended Questions: A Mixed Method Approach.", Wallace, D., Hedberg, E.C. and Cesar, G., 2014 Download the PDF
Posted: 6.30.2015 9:37AM
Published Research "Criminal Stigma, Race, and Ethnicity: The Consequences of Imprisonment for Employment.", Deckera, S.H., Ortizc, N., Spohna, C. and Hedberg, E.C., 2015 More
Posted: 6.25.2015 11:18AM
Published Research "A Parent-Directed Language Intervention for Children of Low Socioeconomic Status: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study.", Suskind, D.L., Leffel, K.R., Graf, E., Hernandez, M.W., Gunderson, E.A., Sapolich, S.G., Suskind, E., Leininger, L., Goldin-Meadow, S. and Levine, S.C., 2015 More
Posted: 6.11.2015 9:27AM
News TVO: Senior Research Scientist Louise Hawkley talks about loneliness and introversion More
Posted: 5.7.2015 3:57PM

News

News Senior Research Scientist Louise Hawkley talks about loneliness and introversion More
Posted: 5.7.2015 3:57PM
News Senior Fellow Linda Waite discusses sleep issues affecting older adults, and NSHAP research More
Posted: 10.14.2014 4:46PM
News A happier, healthier life, with insight from NORC's Natalia Gavrilova and Leonid Gavrilov More
Posted: 7.30.2012 4:37PM
News Life, longevity and being born in the Fall, with input from NORC's Leonid Gavrilov More
Posted: 7.27.2012 3:30PM
News How to hit 100, with findings from NORC's own Natalia Gavrilova and Leonid Gavrilov More
Posted: 7.17.2012 7:54PM
News "Do You Have What it Takes to Live to 100?" with NORC's Natalia Gavrilova and Leonid Gavrilov More
Posted: 5.11.2012 4:35PM
News NORC Senior Fellow Norman Bradburn provides insight into the American Community Survey More
Posted: 4.5.2012 11:31AM
News "Predicting number of very old is confounding" with research from Biodemography of Exceptional Longevity in the United States More
Posted: 3.15.2012 4:19PM
News NORC's Natalia Gavrilova and Leonid Gavrilov ask if mortality can actually increase after 80 More
Posted: 3.5.2012 4:28PM
News "Here's More Bad News About Death" featuring research from NORC's Leonid Gavrilov More
Posted: 2.10.2012 4:55PM
News Pondering mortality rates after 80, with research from NORC Expert Leonid Gavrilov More
Posted: 2.7.2012 2:03PM
Press Release Odds of Living a Very Long Life Lower than Formerly Predicted More
Posted: 2.6.2012 1:30PM
Press Release Robert T. Michael Research Prize Winners Announced More
Posted: 11.2.2011 2:59PM
Press Release Teaching Artists Found Critical to the Future of Arts Education More
Posted: 9.21.2011 2:06PM
Press Release Robert T. Michael Named Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago More
Posted: 9.1.2011 9:42PM

Events

Publications

"Wrist Accelerometry in the Health, Functional, and Social Assessment of Older Adults.", Huisingh-Scheetz, M., Kocherginsky, M., Dugas, L., Payne, C., Dale, W., Conroy, D.E. and Waite L.J., 2016 More
Posted: 5.17.2016 10:51AM
"Age Differences in Loneliness from Late Adolescence to Oldest Old Age.", Luhmann, M. and Hawkley, L.C., 2016 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 5.12.2016 9:56AM
"Loneliness in Older Adults in the U.S.A. and Germany: Measurement Invariance and Validation.", Hawkley, L.C., Duvoisin, R., Ackva, J., Murdock J.C. and Luhmann, M., 2016 Download the PDF
Posted: 3.3.2016 12:07PM
"Sexual Minority Health and Health Risk Factors: Intersection Effects of Gender, Race, and Sexual Identity.", Hsieh, N. and Ruther, M., 2016 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 2.2.2016 12:30PM
"Norman M. Bradburn: A Pioneer in Social Indicators and Quality of Life Research.", Bradburn, N.M., 2016 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 1.29.2016 9:22AM
"Project ASPIRE: Spoken Language Intervention Curriculum for Parents of Low-Socioeconomic Status and Their Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children.", Suskind, D.L., Graf, E., Leffel, K.R., Hernandez, M.W., Suskind, E., Webber, R., Tannenbaum, S. and Nevins, M.E., 2016 More
Posted: 1.20.2016 9:40AM
"Economic Security, Social Cohesion, and Depression Disparities in Post-Transition Societies: A Comparison of Older Adults in China and Russia.", Hsieh, N., 2015 More
Posted: 12.31.2015 9:01AM
"Is Valuing Happiness Associated with Lower Well-Being? A Factor-Level Analysis Using the Valuing Happiness Scale.", Luhmann, M., Necka, E.A., Schönbrodt, F.D. and Hawkley, L.C., 2016 More
Posted: 12.16.2015 10:40AM
"Surveys as Social Interactions.", Bradburn, N.M., 2015 More
Posted: 12.10.2015 10:56AM
"Preterm Babies, Fetal Patients, and Childbearing Choices.", Lantos, J.D. and Lauderdale, D.S., 2015 More
Posted: 8.31.2015 11:57AM
"Predictors of Exceptional Longevity: Effects of Early-Life and Midlife Conditions, and Familial Longevity.", Gavrilov, L.A. and Gavrilova, N.S., 2015 More
Posted: 7.30.2015 9:55AM
"The Effect of Survey Mode on Socially Undesirable Responses to Open-Ended Questions: A Mixed Method Approach.", Wallace, D., Hedberg, E.C. and Cesar, G., 2014 Download the PDF
Posted: 6.30.2015 9:37AM
"Criminal Stigma, Race, and Ethnicity: The Consequences of Imprisonment for Employment.", Deckera, S.H., Ortizc, N., Spohna, C. and Hedberg, E.C., 2015 More
Posted: 6.25.2015 11:18AM
"A Parent-Directed Language Intervention for Children of Low Socioeconomic Status: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study.", Suskind, D.L., Leffel, K.R., Graf, E., Hernandez, M.W., Gunderson, E.A., Sapolich, S.G., Suskind, E., Leininger, L., Goldin-Meadow, S. and Levine, S.C., 2015 More
Posted: 6.11.2015 9:27AM
"The Uses of Technology to Support Early Childhood Practice: Professional Development and Informal Learning: Sampling Product and Program Tables.", Hernandez, M.W., Markovitz, C.E., Estrera, E. and Kelly, G., 2015 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.30.2015 10:10AM

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