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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

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

Food Assistance During and After the Great Recession in Metropolitan Detroit. Food Assistance During and After the Great Recession in Metropolitan Detroit will use unique panel survey data from a representative sample of working-age adults in the Detroit Metropolitan Area to explore three research questions related to the receipt of SNAP among low-income households: How have low-income families in the Detroit Metropolitan Area bundled SNAP with other types of public assistance, help from charitable nonprofits, and informal social support in the wake of the Great Recession? When controlling for economic shocks and respondent characteristics, to what extent is access to local food assistance resources related to receipt of SNAP assistance? How are receipt of SNAP assistance and economic shocks related to household food shopping behaviors, food security, and financial hardship? More

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Job Posting Programmer Analyst (SAS, Blaise) - Survey Research More
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Published Research "Welfare Reform and Children's Early Cognitive Development.", Chyi, H., Ozturk, O.D. and Zhang, W., 2014 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 4.4.2014 8:42AM
Published Research "Impact Evaluation of the Minnesota Reading Corps K-3 Program: Research Brief.", Markovitz, C.E., Hernandez, M.W., Hedberg, E.C. and Silberglitt, B., 2014 Download the PDF
Posted: 3.20.2014 9:44AM
Published Research "Impact Evaluation of the Minnesota Reading Corps K-3 Program.", Markovitz, C.E., Hernandez, M.W., Hedberg, E.C. and Silberglitt, B., 2014 Download the PDF
Posted: 3.20.2014 9:31AM
Published Research "Impact Evaluation of the Minnesota Reading Corps K-3 Program: Appendices.", Markovitz, C.E., Hernandez, M.W., Hedberg, E.C. and Silberglitt, B., 2014 Download the PDF
Posted: 3.20.2014 9:29AM
Published Research "Process Assessment of the Minnesota Reading Corps.", Hafford, C., Markovitz, C.E., Hernandez, M.W., Langerman, H., Diaconis, A. and Kiss, M.L., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 3.20.2014 9:26AM
Published Research "Biodemography of Old-Age Mortality in Humans and Rodents.", Gavrilova, N.S. and Gavrilov, L.A., 2014 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 3.13.2014 9:54AM
Published Research "Marital Conflict in Older Couples: Positivity, Personality, and Health.", Iveniuk, J., Waite, L.J., Laumann, E.O., Mcclintock, M.K. and Tiedt, A.D., 2014 More
Posted: 2.7.2014 9:09AM
Published Research "The Effects of Tuition Reforms on School Enrollment in Rural China.", Chyi, H. and Zhou, B., 2014 More
Posted: 1.9.2014 9:34AM
Published Research "Counting People in the Information Age.", Steffey, D.L. and Bradburn, N.M. (eds); Panel to Evaluate Alternative Census Methods, National Research Council., 1994 More
Posted: 11.12.2013 10:59AM
Published Research "Carryover Effects in Attitude Surveys.", Tourangeau, R., Rasinski, K.A., Bradburn, N.M. and D'Andrade, R.G., 1989 More
Posted: 11.12.2013 10:51AM
Published Research "Respondent Behavior in Magnitude Estimation.", Schaeffer, N.C. and Bradburn, N.M., 1989 More
Posted: 11.12.2013 10:49AM
Published Research "A Survey Perspective.", Bradburn, N.M., 1990 More
Posted: 11.12.2013 10:48AM
Published Research "The Current Status of Questionnaire Design." , Bradburn, N.M. and Sudman, S., 1991 More
Posted: 11.12.2013 10:47AM

News

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

"Welfare Reform and Children's Early Cognitive Development." Chyi, H., Ozturk, O.D. and Zhang, W., 2014 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 4.4.2014 8:42AM
"Impact Evaluation of the Minnesota Reading Corps K-3 Program: Research Brief." Markovitz, C.E., Hernandez, M.W., Hedberg, E.C. and Silberglitt, B., 2014 Download the PDF
Posted: 3.20.2014 9:44AM
"Impact Evaluation of the Minnesota Reading Corps K-3 Program." Markovitz, C.E., Hernandez, M.W., Hedberg, E.C. and Silberglitt, B., 2014 Download the PDF
Posted: 3.20.2014 9:31AM
"Impact Evaluation of the Minnesota Reading Corps K-3 Program: Appendices." Markovitz, C.E., Hernandez, M.W., Hedberg, E.C. and Silberglitt, B., 2014 Download the PDF
Posted: 3.20.2014 9:29AM
"Process Assessment of the Minnesota Reading Corps." Hafford, C., Markovitz, C.E., Hernandez, M.W., Langerman, H., Diaconis, A. and Kiss, M.L., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 3.20.2014 9:26AM
"Biodemography of Old-Age Mortality in Humans and Rodents." Gavrilova, N.S. and Gavrilov, L.A., 2014 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 3.13.2014 9:54AM
"Marital Conflict in Older Couples: Positivity, Personality, and Health." Iveniuk, J., Waite, L.J., Laumann, E.O., Mcclintock, M.K. and Tiedt, A.D., 2014 More
Posted: 2.7.2014 9:09AM
"The Effects of Tuition Reforms on School Enrollment in Rural China." Chyi, H. and Zhou, B., 2014 More
Posted: 1.9.2014 9:34AM
"Counting People in the Information Age." Steffey, D.L. and Bradburn, N.M. (eds); Panel to Evaluate Alternative Census Methods, National Research Council., 1994 More
Posted: 11.12.2013 10:59AM
"Carryover Effects in Attitude Surveys." Tourangeau, R., Rasinski, K.A., Bradburn, N.M. and D'Andrade, R.G., 1989 More
Posted: 11.12.2013 10:51AM
"Respondent Behavior in Magnitude Estimation." Schaeffer, N.C. and Bradburn, N.M., 1989 More
Posted: 11.12.2013 10:49AM
"A Survey Perspective." Bradburn, N.M., 1990 More
Posted: 11.12.2013 10:48AM
"The Current Status of Questionnaire Design." Bradburn, N.M. and Sudman, S., 1991 More
Posted: 11.12.2013 10:47AM
"Telescoping and Temporal Memory." Bradburn, N.M., Huttenlocher, J. and Hedges, L.V., 1994 More
Posted: 11.12.2013 10:45AM
"A Longitudinal Assessment of the Impact of Foreclosure on Neighborhood Crime." Katz, C.M., Wallace, D., Hedberg, E.C., 2013 More
Posted: 7.16.2013 10:17AM

Job Postings

Programmer Analyst (SAS, Blaise) - Survey Research More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:13PM
Communications Specialist – Website Design and Promotion More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:12PM