Monthly Archives: July 2016


Twitter data powerful resource for researchers

By |July 26th, 2016|News|

July 12, 2016 A team of researchers, including CSDA associate T.C. Yang, are developing methods to estimate the demographics of Twitter uses in real-time. Read more at Science Blog. "When Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey in 2012, many people turned to Twitter to share firsthand information about the disaster.  Twitter has become a useful [...]

Vast majority of Americans want to criminalize data fraud, says new study

By |July 26th, 2016|News|

CSDA Associate Justin Pickett‘s research on the criminalization of data fraud was discussed on Retraction Watch. "[T]he public overwhelming judges both data fraud and selective reporting as morally wrong, and supports a range of serious sanctions for these behaviors. Most notably, the vast majority of Americans support criminalizing data fraud, and many also believe the [...]

Smoking and Physical Inactivity as Predictors of Mobility Impairment During Late Life: Exploring Differential Vulnerability Across Education Level in Sweden

By |July 26th, 2016|Research Highlights|

The Journals of Gerontology: Series b Neda Agahi, Stefan Fors, Johan Fritzell and Benjamin A. Shaw* ABSTRACT Objectives: To test whether older adults from high and low educational groups are differentially vulnerable to the impact of smoking and physical inactivity on the progression of mobility impairment during old age. Methods: A nationally representative sample of [...]

Spatial Dimensions of the Effect of Neighborhood Disadvantage on Delinquency

By |July 19th, 2016|Research Highlights|

Criminology Matt Vogel and Scott J. South* Abstract: Research examining the relationship between neighborhood socioeconomic disadvantage and adolescent offending typically examines only the influence of residential neighborhoods. This strategy may be problematic as 1) neighborhoods are rarely spatially independent of each other and 2) adolescents spend an appreciable portion of their time engaged in activities outside [...]

Epigenetic Alterations to NR3C1 and HSD11B2 and the Developmental Origins of Mental Disease Risk

By |July 6th, 2016|Research Highlights|

Epigenetics and Neuroendocrinology Allison A. Appleton*, Elizabeth A. Holdsworth, Mary Elizabeth Ingle Abstract: Gestation is one of the most critical periods of human development where adverse exposures occurring during pregnancy can shape the health of the offspring over the life course and contribute to the intergenerational transmission of disease risk. Many psychiatric conditions are now [...]

Window of Opportunity for New Disease Surveillance: Developing Keyword Lists for Monitoring Mental Health and Injury Through Syndromic Surveillance

By |July 6th, 2016|Research Highlights|

Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness Ursula Lauper, Jian-Hua Chen and Shao Lin* Abstract: Studies have documented the impact that hurricanes have on mental health and injury rates before, during, and after the event. Since timely tracking of these disease patterns is crucial to disaster planning, response, and recovery, syndromic surveillance keyword filters were developed by [...]

Inferring Censored Geo-Information with Non-Representative Data

By |July 6th, 2016|Research Highlights|

Machine Learning and Data Mining in Pattern Recognition Yu Zhang , Tse-Chuan Yang*, Stephen A. Matthews Abstract: The goal of this study is to develop a method that is capable of inferring geo-locations for non-representative data. In order to protect privacy of surveyed individuals, most data collectors release coarse geo-information (e.g., tract), rather than detailed [...]

Gross Motor Milestones and Subsequent Development

By |July 6th, 2016|Research Highlights|

Pediatrics Akhgar Ghassabian, Rajeshwari Sundaram, Erin Bell*, Scott C. Bello, Christopher Kus, Edwina Yeung OBJECTIVE: We examined the longitudinal associations of age at achieving gross motor milestones and children’s development in a US cohort of singletons and twins. METHODS: In the Upstate KIDS study, a population-based study of children born between 2008 and 2010, information [...]

A Systematic Review of the Interplay Between Social Determinants and Environmental Exposures for Early-Life Outcomes

By |July 6th, 2016|Research Highlights|

Current Environmental Health Reports Allison A. Appleton*, Elizabeth A. Holdsworth, Laura D. Kubzansky Purpose of review: Early-life social and environmental exposures have independent effects on many child health outcomes. Increasingly, investigators have suggested that these exposures, which commonly co-occur, may have synergistic effects and have thus begun to evaluate if environmental and social factors jointly [...]