PSU 2011 June 19–June 24, 2011: State College, PA
Spatial Regression Modeling
Program Principal Investigator
Stephen A. Matthews
is Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Demography (Courtesy in Geography); Director, Geographic Information Analysis Core at the Population Research Institute, Social Science Research Institute, Penn State. His research focuses on families and neighborhoods in diverse community contexts and the application of GIS and spatial methods in demographic, health and social science research. He serves as PI on both an NIEHS funded quasi-experimental study of neighborhood food environments, diet, and health and an NICHD R25 training grant on advanced spatial analysis. Matthews has served on numerous NIH review panels including Community Influences on Health Behavior (CIHB), special panels (e.g., Cancer and GIS; Infrastructure for Data Sharing and Archiving) and on the editorial board of Health and Place (1994-2004) and American Journal of Preventive Medicine (2005-present). He was PI on the initial GIS and Population Science (GISPopSci) training grant (2005-2007). More information about Matthews is available at:
Paul R. Voss (Email: Paul_Voss@unc.edu) is Professor Emeritus of Rural Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His prior affiliations include Demographic Specialist with the University of Wisconsin's Division of Cooperative Extension and Research Affiliate with the Wisconsin Applied Population Laboratory, and the Wisconsin Center for Demography and Ecology. Presently, Dr. Voss is Senior Spatial Analyst with The Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, Research Professor of Sociology and a Fellow with The Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also is a Research Associate with the Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research at the University of Manchester University, England.
Katherine Curtis (Email: email@example.com) is an Assistant Profressor in the Department of Rural Sociology at the Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison, and is affiliated with the Wisconsin Applied Population Laboratory and the Environmental Resources Center. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Dr. Curtis' interests include migration and population redistribution, inequality, land use, and spatial statistics. Her research examines historical economic, social, and demographic shifts in three regions (Puerto Rico, the U.S. Great Plains, and the South) and the spatial distribution of poverty in the contemporary U.S. In Puerto Rico, she investigates the influence of the economic transition on inequality that followed U.S. governance in the early decades of the 1900s and has focused on the relationship between systems of crop production and racial inequality. A second area of research examines population change in the Great Plains over the 20th century, using spatial regression techniques to assess the relative influence of correlates of population change advanced in theories of urbanization. In a third area of research, Dr. Curtis focuses on the migration of southern Americans to the non-south (the Great Migration) and the return to the South (the Return Migration). Her work, published in Demography and Social Science History, demonstrates the interplay of racial and gender inequality in settlement patterns and the consequences of migration. She has recently turned attention to the historical processes underlying contemporary patterns of persistent poverty among U.S. counties and is developing spatio-temporal models to directly measure legacy effects in the prevalence of county poverty.