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Academic Research Centers

The Academic Research Centers (ARC) is a community of researchers and programs covering a variety of substantive domains and exemplifying NORC’s commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence and research innovation. The ARC brings substantive expertise and collaborative infrastructure to theoretically driven and multimodal research. The ARC collaborates with multi-disciplinary research from the University of Chicago and other research institutions by collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data; providing methodological and statistical expertise; and facilitating pre- and post-award management. ARC’s research staff works jointly with social scientists, physicians, and other experts in an open, cooperative 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:

Aging Action Research Center
Center for Advancing Research and Communication in STEM
Center for the Study of Politics and Society
Early Childhood Research and Practice Collaborative
Ogburn-Stouffer Center for the Study of Social Organizations
Population Research Center


Representative Projects

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

Enhancing the Rigor of Evidence on Gendered Differences in STEM Persistence. This National Science Foundation-funded study is designed to explore how the background characteristics and subjective experiences of computer science students at two Research I institutions in the Midwest interact to determine their interest and persistence in pursuing a career in these fields. Given observed patterns of female attrition away from STEM careers, particularly those in the “hard” sciences, NORC is interested in exploring factors that may differentially impact women who have declared interest in pursuing a computer science major. In particular, the study seeks to identify modifiable factors that distinguish between women who persist from those that do not, factors that may serve as targets in designing interventions that sustain young women’s interest in science and technology careers. More

From the Classroom to the Lab and Back: Instructional Strategies to Improve Children’s Early Math Skills. ​From the Classroom to the Lab and Back is a collaboration between researchers, practitioners and curriculum developers to develop, validate, and disseminate instructional strategies that advance the early math skills of 3 to 5 year old preschool children, particularly those from low-SES backgrounds. The collaboration is grounded in research demonstrating that early mathematics skills predict later achievement in mathematics. More

Men’s Assessment of Social Support and Risk Networks. The goal of the Men’s Assessment of Social Support and Risk Networks was to pilot test recruitment procedures and questionnaires to assess the influence of social networks and norms and beliefs of a racially and ethnically diverse sample of men who have sex with men (MSM) on their sex and sex-drug risk and risk reduction practices.   More

National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP). The National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (NSHAP) is a population-based study of health and social factors on a national scale, aiming to understand the well-being of older, community-dwelling Americans. More

Teaching Artists Research Project (TARP). There have been remarkable advances in arts education, both in and out of schools, over the last fifteen years, despite a challenging policy environment. Teaching artists, the hybrid professionals that link the arts to education and community life, are the creative resource behind much of this innovation.Teaching Artists Research Project (TARP) deepens our understanding of world of teaching artists through studies in twelve communities, and it will inform policy designed to make their work sustainable, more effective, and more meaningful.​ More

The Cultural Lives of Californians: Insights from the California Survey of Arts & Cultural Participation. The report, The Cultural Lives of Californians: Insights from the California Survey of Arts & Cultural Participation — through a literature review, survey, and analysis of the survey data provides us with a better understanding of arts participation within the cultural ecology of California. The study examined the varied ways that people participate in a range of arts activities and how they express themselves through artistic means. More

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News Policy Mic: Senior Fellow Norman Bradburn discusses NORC's 75th anniversary study and how Americans seek out information in an election year More
Posted: 10.14.2016 4:08PM
News The Huffington Post: NORC President Dan Gaylin discusses how Americans consume information, make decisions, and take action More
Posted: 10.4.2016 6:48AM
News FiveThirtyEight: Norman Bradburn discusses NORC's 75th Anniversary Study, and how Americans seek out and process information More
Posted: 10.4.2016 6:43AM
Press Release New Survey Finds Most Americans Feel Better Informed But Often Rely On Their Instincts To Navigate Frequently Overwhelming Information Environment More
Posted: 10.4.2016 5:52AM
News NPR The Diane Rehm Show: Discussing and rating child care in the U.S. with GSS findings More
Posted: 10.3.2016 4:44PM
Published Research "Gang Truce for Violence Prevention, El Salvador.", Katz, C.M., Hedberg, E.C. and Amaya, L.E., 2016 More
Posted: 9.29.2016 10:31AM
Published Research "Marijuana Use among Young Black Men Who Have Sex with Men and the HIV Care Continuum: Findings from the uConnect Cohort.", Morgan, E., Khanna, A.S., Skaathun, B., Michaels, S., Young, L., Duvoisin, R., Chang, M., Voisin, D., Cornwell, B., Coombs, R.W., Friedman, S.R. and Schneider, J.A., 2016 More
Posted: 9.7.2016 9:28AM
Published Research "Empirical Redefinition of Comprehensive Health and Well-Being in the Older Adults of the United States.", McClintock, M.K., Dale, W., Laumann, E.O. and Waite, L.J., 2016 More
Posted: 7.13.2016 11:03AM
Job Posting Survey Director - AmeriSpeak More
Posted: 7.8.2016 2:32PM
Published Research "Racial Differences in the Effects of Neighborhood Disadvantage on Residential Mobility in Later Life.", Riley, A., Hawkley, L.C. and Cagney, K.A., 2016 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 6.27.2016 10:59AM
News The New York Times: General Social Survey data gives perspective on racial attitudes in America More
Posted: 6.3.2016 8:30AM
News The Wall Street Journal: Senior Fellow Colm O’Muircheartaigh discusses modern surveying More
Posted: 6.3.2016 8:26AM
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 11:23AM
Published Research "Age Differences in Loneliness from Late Adolescence to Oldest Old Age.", Luhmann, M. and Hawkley, L.C., 2016 More
Posted: 5.12.2016 10:06AM
Published Research "Loneliness in Older Adults in the USA and Germany: Measurement Invariance and Validation.", Hawkley, L.C., Duvoisin, R., Ackva, J., Murdock J.C., and Luhmann, M., 2016 Download the PDF
Posted: 3.15.2016 11:59AM

News

News Senior Fellow Norman Bradburn discusses NORC's 75th anniversary study and how Americans seek out information in an election year More
Posted: 10.14.2016 4:08PM
News NORC President Dan Gaylin discusses how Americans consume information, make decisions, and take action More
Posted: 10.4.2016 6:48AM
News Norman Bradburn discusses NORC's 75th Anniversary Study, and how Americans seek out and process information More
Posted: 10.4.2016 6:43AM
Press Release New Survey Finds Most Americans Feel Better Informed But Often Rely On Their Instincts To Navigate Frequently Overwhelming Information Environment More
Posted: 10.4.2016 5:52AM
News Discussing and rating child care in the U.S. with GSS findings More
Posted: 10.3.2016 4:44PM
News General Social Survey data gives perspective on racial attitudes in America More
Posted: 6.3.2016 8:30AM
News Senior Fellow Colm O’Muircheartaigh discusses modern surveying More
Posted: 6.3.2016 8:26AM
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

Events

Publications

"Gang Truce for Violence Prevention, El Salvador.", Katz, C.M., Hedberg, E.C. and Amaya, L.E., 2016 More
Posted: 9.29.2016 10:31AM
"Marijuana Use among Young Black Men Who Have Sex with Men and the HIV Care Continuum: Findings from the uConnect Cohort.", Morgan, E., Khanna, A.S., Skaathun, B., Michaels, S., Young, L., Duvoisin, R., Chang, M., Voisin, D., Cornwell, B., Coombs, R.W., Friedman, S.R. and Schneider, J.A., 2016 More
Posted: 9.7.2016 9:28AM
"Empirical Redefinition of Comprehensive Health and Well-Being in the Older Adults of the United States.", McClintock, M.K., Dale, W., Laumann, E.O. and Waite, L.J., 2016 More
Posted: 7.13.2016 11:03AM
"Racial Differences in the Effects of Neighborhood Disadvantage on Residential Mobility in Later Life.", Riley, A., Hawkley, L.C. and Cagney, K.A., 2016 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 6.27.2016 10:59AM
"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 11:23AM
"Age Differences in Loneliness from Late Adolescence to Oldest Old Age.", Luhmann, M. and Hawkley, L.C., 2016 More
Posted: 5.12.2016 10:06AM
"Loneliness in Older Adults in the USA and Germany: Measurement Invariance and Validation.", Hawkley, L.C., Duvoisin, R., Ackva, J., Murdock J.C., and Luhmann, M., 2016 Download the PDF
Posted: 3.15.2016 11:59AM
"Sexual Minority Health and Health Risk Factors: Intersection Effects of Gender, Race, and Sexual Identity.", Hsieh, N. and Ruther, M., 2016 More
Posted: 2.2.2016 12:30PM
"Norman M. Bradburn: A Pioneer in Social Indicators and Quality of Life Research.", Bradburn, N.M., 2016 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

Job Postings

Survey Director - AmeriSpeak More
Posted: 7.8.2016 2:32PM

Contacts

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