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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
Cultural Policy Center
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

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

California Survey of Arts Participation. The California Survey of Arts 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

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 Michigan State University and the University of Chicago 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 CS 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

See all Academic Research Centers projects

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Published Research "Subjective Well-Being in Context: County- and State-Level Socioeconomic Factors and Individual Moderators.", Luhmann, M., Murdoch, J.C. and Hawkley, L.C., 2015 More
Posted: 2.24.2015 10:53AM
Published Research "Loneliness and Social Behaviours in a Virtual Social Environment.", Luhmann, M., Schönbrodt, F.D., Hawkley, L.C. and Cacioppo, J.T., 2015 More
Posted: 2.5.2015 9:57AM
Published Research "Effects of Question Wording on Surveys.", Bradburn, N.M., 1982 More
Posted: 2.3.2015 12:16PM
Published Research "Response Effects.", Bradburn, N.M., 1983 More
Posted: 2.3.2015 12:08PM
Published Research "Potential Contributions of Cognitive Research to Survey Questionnaire Design.", Bradburn, N.M. and Danis, C., 1984 More
Posted: 2.3.2015 12:07PM
Published Research "Improving Mailed Questionnaire Design.", Sudman, S. and Bradburn, N.M., 1984 More
Posted: 2.3.2015 12:06PM
Published Research "Answering Autobiographical Questions: The Impact of Memory and Inference on Surveys.", Bradburn, N.M., Rips, L.J. and Shevell, S.K., 1987 More
Posted: 2.3.2015 12:05PM
Published Research "Spatial Affect Learning Restricted in Major Depression Relative to Anxiety Disorders and Healthy Controls.", Gollan, J.K., Norris, C.J., Hoxha, D., Irick, J.S., Hawkley, L.C. and Cacioppo, J.T., 2014 More
Posted: 2.3.2015 10:48AM
Published Research "Racial and Ethnic Differences in Diurnal Cortisol Rhythms: Are They Consistent Over Time?", DeSantis, A.S., Adam, E.K., Hawkley, L.C., Kudielka, B.M. and Cacioppo, J.T., 2015 More
Posted: 1.13.2015 11:27AM
Published Research "New Developments in the Biodemography of Aging and Longevity.", Gavrilov, L.A. and Gavrilova, N.S., 2015 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 1.9.2015 11:10AM
Published Research "Biodemography of Old-Age Mortality in Humans and Rodents.", Gavrilova, N.S. and Gavrilov, L.A., 2015 More
Posted: 12.30.2014 10:38AM
Published Research "Health Care Utilization and Receipt of Preventive Care for Patients Seen at Federally Funded Health Centers Compared to Other Sites of Primary Care.", Laiteerapong, N., Kirby, J., Gao, Y., Yu, T-C., Sharma, R., Nocon, R., Lee, S.M., Chin, M.H., Nathan, A.G., Ngo-Metzger, Q. and Huang, E.S., 2014 More
Posted: 11.7.2014 9:51AM
Published Research "Using and Interpreting Mental Health Measures in the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project.", Payne, C., Hedberg, E.C., Kozloski, M., Dale, W. and McClintock, M.K., 2014 More
Posted: 11.5.2014 10:43AM
Published Research "Survey Field Methods for Expanded Biospecimen and Biomeasure Collection in NSHAP Wave 2.", O'Doherty, K., Jaszczak, A., Hoffmann, J.N., You, H.M., Kern, D.W., Pagel, K., McPhillips, J., Schumm, L.P., Dale, W., Huang, E.S. and McClintock, M.K., 2014 More
Posted: 11.5.2014 10:40AM
Published Research "Measuring Cognition: The Chicago Cognitive Function Measure in the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, Wave 2.", Shega, J.W., Sunkara, P.D., Kotwal, A., Kern, D.W., Henning, S.L., McClintock, M.K., Schumm, P., Waite, L.J. and Dale, W., 2014 More
Posted: 11.5.2014 10:38AM

News

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
News What does 65 mean? More
Posted: 9.1.2011 7:59PM

Events

Publications

"Subjective Well-Being in Context: County- and State-Level Socioeconomic Factors and Individual Moderators.", Luhmann, M., Murdoch, J.C. and Hawkley, L.C., 2015 More
Posted: 2.24.2015 10:53AM
"Loneliness and Social Behaviours in a Virtual Social Environment.", Luhmann, M., Schönbrodt, F.D., Hawkley, L.C. and Cacioppo, J.T., 2015 More
Posted: 2.5.2015 9:57AM
"Effects of Question Wording on Surveys.", Bradburn, N.M., 1982 More
Posted: 2.3.2015 12:16PM
"Response Effects.", Bradburn, N.M., 1983 More
Posted: 2.3.2015 12:08PM
"Potential Contributions of Cognitive Research to Survey Questionnaire Design.", Bradburn, N.M. and Danis, C., 1984 More
Posted: 2.3.2015 12:07PM
"Improving Mailed Questionnaire Design.", Sudman, S. and Bradburn, N.M., 1984 More
Posted: 2.3.2015 12:06PM
"Answering Autobiographical Questions: The Impact of Memory and Inference on Surveys.", Bradburn, N.M., Rips, L.J. and Shevell, S.K., 1987 More
Posted: 2.3.2015 12:05PM
"Spatial Affect Learning Restricted in Major Depression Relative to Anxiety Disorders and Healthy Controls.", Gollan, J.K., Norris, C.J., Hoxha, D., Irick, J.S., Hawkley, L.C. and Cacioppo, J.T., 2014 More
Posted: 2.3.2015 10:48AM
"Racial and Ethnic Differences in Diurnal Cortisol Rhythms: Are They Consistent Over Time?", DeSantis, A.S., Adam, E.K., Hawkley, L.C., Kudielka, B.M. and Cacioppo, J.T., 2015 More
Posted: 1.13.2015 11:27AM
"New Developments in the Biodemography of Aging and Longevity.", Gavrilov, L.A. and Gavrilova, N.S., 2015 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 1.9.2015 11:10AM
"Biodemography of Old-Age Mortality in Humans and Rodents.", Gavrilova, N.S. and Gavrilov, L.A., 2015 More
Posted: 12.30.2014 10:38AM
"Health Care Utilization and Receipt of Preventive Care for Patients Seen at Federally Funded Health Centers Compared to Other Sites of Primary Care.", Laiteerapong, N., Kirby, J., Gao, Y., Yu, T-C., Sharma, R., Nocon, R., Lee, S.M., Chin, M.H., Nathan, A.G., Ngo-Metzger, Q. and Huang, E.S., 2014 More
Posted: 11.7.2014 9:51AM
"Using and Interpreting Mental Health Measures in the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project.", Payne, C., Hedberg, E.C., Kozloski, M., Dale, W. and McClintock, M.K., 2014 More
Posted: 11.5.2014 10:43AM
"Survey Field Methods for Expanded Biospecimen and Biomeasure Collection in NSHAP Wave 2.", O'Doherty, K., Jaszczak, A., Hoffmann, J.N., You, H.M., Kern, D.W., Pagel, K., McPhillips, J., Schumm, L.P., Dale, W., Huang, E.S. and McClintock, M.K., 2014 More
Posted: 11.5.2014 10:40AM
"Measuring Cognition: The Chicago Cognitive Function Measure in the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, Wave 2.", Shega, J.W., Sunkara, P.D., Kotwal, A., Kern, D.W., Henning, S.L., McClintock, M.K., Schumm, P., Waite, L.J. and Dale, W., 2014 More
Posted: 11.5.2014 10:38AM

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Programmer Analyst (SAS, Blaise) - Survey Research More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:13PM
Communications Specialist – Website Design and Promotion More
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