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SAFEHAVEN: Decision Support for Nursing Home Resident Disaster Evacuations

Hurricanes have a devastating effect on nursing home residents, as they may be adversely affected either by being transferred to another setting or by sheltering in place. Using existing nursing-home data from multiple sources, Logan and his collaborator, Vincent Mor, seek to understand the consequences of hurricanes and evacuation decisions, providing the first evidence base to inform the creation of evacuation guidelines.

Shaping Long-Term Care in America

Foster, along with a former student, evaluates how race-based preferences and geographical distance affect nursing home sorting. He finds that the resulting segregation exacerbates racial disparities in the quality of nursing-home care. In addition to peer-reviewed academic papers, this project resulted in a repository of long-term care data and state policies, and a Web site providing access to policies, provider data, and a quality-based map of LTC providers by location.

Social Inequalities: The Intertwining of Human Difference and Environments

Recent advances in genomic science, and understandings of biological difference, present new research opportunity in regard to social inequality.  In particular, researchers can consider more explicitly whether and how human physiology is relevant to institutional and structural explanations of inequality.  This grant supports the PI in development of this line of inquiry through funding training in relevant areas of inquiry outside of sociology.

Study of ARIS Usage and Lessons from the ARIS-LOCAL Pilot Phase

Tyler uses objective data in the form of automatically generated web logs to examine how much and in what ways teachers in the New York City school system use ARIS, an online tool designed to deliver student information and test data to teachers in order to inform and improve instructional practice. The study will also examine the extent to which usage is associated with student achievement and school performance.