October 12, 2010
by Liam Jackson
A new podcast series produced by Penn State’s Methodology Center aims to provide information on the center’s activities, events, and research. The series, “Methodology Minutes,” is available through Penn State’s iTunes U page.
Episodes, each lasting around twenty-five minutes, cover a variety of topics: what it’s like to be a graduate student competing in a national research competition, interviews with researchers on cutting-edge research design, the history of the center, and discussions about new research software and methods that the center is developing.
“The Methodology Center really focuses on disseminating information about modern research methods, and this podcast series is a great way in which we can accomplish this,” says Dr. Michael Cleveland, research associate at the center, who is producing the podcast series.
The podcast series also is designed to relate statistics and the activities of the center to the general public.
“Methodology encompasses every quantitative aspect of research, from research design and statistics to measurement and data analysis. Our center works with faculty from many different disciplines,” says Dr. Linda Collins, director of the center.
The Methodology Center, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and housed within the College of Health and Human Development, collaborates on many interdisciplinary projects that deal with applying innovative research methods to the social, behavioral, and health sciences. It is composed of nearly twenty Ph.D.-level investigators and a dozen graduate students.