October 24, 2014

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Director´s Update Director´s Update

Message from the Director

Richard Schulz, PhD A major achievement of the last decade has been to put in place a permanent research infrastructure with the capacity to conduct all types of survey research; carry out regional econometric modeling; obtain, format, and analyze spatial data; acquire, manage, and analyze large secondary and primary data sets; and carry out computer-based qualitative analyses.  These services are used by faculty from every school of the University and provide a platform for training graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, mentoring junior faculty, and serving the community.  How do these services translate into metrics important for the status of major research universities? Each year we submit to the Planning and Budget Committee of the University a report detailing center performance on multiple indicators.  A synopsis of accomplishments for the most recent year is presented below.


  • 42 peer reviewed publications
  • Quality of Life Technology Handbook published in 2013
  • Using Google Scholar search, number of citations to center publications since 2009 is 12,942
  • 24 conference presentations
  • 15 invited addresses worldwide


  • 73 funded grants on which center faculty/staff served as PI, Co-I, or staff, generating more than
    $19 million


  • 3 junior faculty
  • 6 postdoctoral fellows
  • 142 students (133 graduate students enrolled in Gerontology Certificate Program, 9 undergraduate)

Community Service

  • 7 funded projects completed for local nonprofit/public sector clients: Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (2); Pittsburgh Public Schools; Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (2); Neighborworks; Heinz Endowments
  • 5 major technical reports focused on Pittsburgh communities and conditions: Pittsburgh Region Quality of Life Survey; Pittsburgh Young Adults Survey; 2010 City of Pittsburgh Neighborhood Census Profiles; Hazelwood Community Profile; Lawrenceville migration study

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